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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-18118: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 8 August 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to figures released by NHS Forth Valley, which suggest that, between February 2017 to February 2018, it recorded a fall of almost 50% in meeting the child and adolescent mental health waiting times for treatment within 18 weeks of referral; what action it is taking to support these young people, and what discussions it has had with the NHS board to ensure that the target is met.

Answered by: Clare Haughey 3 September 2018

We are deeply disappointed that despite mental health being a key priority for this Government a number of NHS Boards, including NHS Forth Valley, are still not meeting the 18 week waiting times standard for access to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). We remain determined to drive improvements in CAMHS and are committed to ensuring that children and young people get access to high quality mental health services.

This is why we continue to invest in services. Between 2016-17 and 2019-20, NHS Forth Valley will receive a total of £2,014,396 for capacity building and workforce development to improve access to CAMHS and psychological therapies. We have also directly engaged with NHS Forth Valley, as well as other Boards whose current performance suggests underlying problems, to discuss performance and expectations for the coming year. We will continue to work closely with NHS Forth Valley, both directly, and via support provided by the Healthcare Improvement Scotland Mental Health Access Improvement Support Team (MHAIST), to deliver sustained improvements in access to CAMHS.