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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-06260: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 18 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to reduce waiting times for psychological therapy in NHS Ayrshire and Arran.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 30 January 2017

The Scottish Government remain determined to hit the target of 90% of people seen within 18 weeks from referral to treatment for Psychological Therapies. We will continue to work with boards, including NHS Ayrshire and Arran to make sure that happens right across Scotland.

As part of the £54.1 million package of support announced by the First Minister in January 2016, £4.8 million has been awarded to Healthcare Improvement Scotland to establish a Mental Health Access Improvement Support Team. This team will provide support to boards to improve access to psychological therapies for all ages, including for children and young people.

The Improvement Programme will be delivered by Healthcare Improvement Scotland, with support from NHS Education for Scotland to enhance the supply and training of the workforce, further supported by £24.6 million Scottish Government funding. Following a series of commissioning visits, in June 2016 NES wrote to all boards setting out an individual, tailored offer of funding and workforce development. A significant proportion of the funding from NES is for service posts, intended to support service delivery by providing training, coaching and supervision in evidence-based interventions.

This package of funding includes £24.7 million to be provided to NHS boards to improve their capacity to see more people more quickly, with NHS Ayrshire and Arran receiving a funding awardee a total of £1,813,900.