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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-09566: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 June 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to support NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde in light of it being fined following the deaths in 2012 of two patients by suicide at Stobhill Hospital.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 15 June 2017

It would be inappropriate for Ministers to comment in detail on individual patient care or on individual tragic deaths. However we would expect NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to implement any appropriate safety improvements which might be required in light of these tragic deaths.

The Suicide Review Community of Practice (hosted by NHS Education for Scotland in liaison with Healthcare Improvement Scotland) provides very useful guidance for mental health services staff on the process of suicide reviews, with a view to helping improve safety and driving service improvements.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland is piloting an improvement programme supporting the development of practice of mental health observation within six pilot sites across Scotland. This includes NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. The pilot aims to improve observation practice through therapeutic engagement with suicidal, violent or vulnerable patients, to prevent them from harming themselves or others at times of high risk during their recovery. Revised guidance on this is to be published by Healthcare Improvement Scotland in late 2017.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland is also available to provide tailored support, guidance and advice to NHS boards and services by request, or in response to identifying improvement needs - through external quality assurance processes. Requests can be made by emailing the Healthcare Improvement Scotland Suicide Review team on

The Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness also provides evidence-based recommendations on improving safety in mental health services.