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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-17288: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 15 June 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to increase the number of health psychologists in primary care settings.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 26 June 2018

The new GP contract, backed by over £100 million investment in 2018-19, will ensure GPs can spend more time with patients when they really need to see them as well as developing wider multi-disciplinary teams (MDT) to support and improve patient care. There is no fixed or defined structure for an MDT, instead this will be determined by the local needs and priorities of the Practice. It is expected that this will include a mix of clinical and non-clinical staff and may include mental health clinicians such as health psychologists where appropriate.

Action 15 within the Mental Health Strategy also outlines our clear commitment to funding 800 additional mental health workers in key settings, including GP practices, ensuring that local provision and support is at the heart of our plans. Funding for this commitment will reach £35 million by 2022.