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S5W-12124: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 23 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has carried out of the availability of perinatal clinical psychologist support for parents whose children are in neonatal care.

Answered by: Shona Robison 1 November 2017

The Best Start recommends: "All NHS Boards should review their current access to perinatal mental health services to ensure early and equitable access is available to high quality services, with clear referral pathways. NHS Boards should ensure adequate provision of staff training to allow staff to deliver services to the appropriate level. Primary midwives, in partnership with primary care colleagues, should play a proactive and systematic role in the identification and management of perinatal mental health care"

Scottish Government has asked all NHS Boards to outline their existing provision of psychologist support for parents of neonates. At present NHS Boards have a varied level of provision, we are working with Local Implementation Leads under the Best Start to ensure early and equitable access.