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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-03006: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 6 March 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what training is given to medical and non-medical NHS staff to identify patients who are likely to go missing.

Answered by: Clare Haughey 14 March 2019

The GMC requires that all doctors in training must develop the appropriate professional competences and demonstrate that they can (i) understand, identify and manage risk (including clinical and suicide) (ii) demonstrate and apply non-technical skills and crisis resource management.

As a requirement for registration, nursing students on undergraduate programmes are required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council to be able to recognise situations and act appropriately when a person’s choice may compromise their safety or the safety of others, and to use strategies to manage situations where a person’s wishes conflict with nursing interventions necessary for the person’s safety.

We expect NHS Boards to have processes in place to deal with absconding and missing patients and that these will include appropriate training of staff.