Date lodged: 10 January 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what action it takes to ensure that NHS boards fulfil their legal duty to provide age-appropriate mental health services.
Answered by: Clare Haughey 22 January 2019
We expect NHS Boards to provide safe, effective, and age-appropriate care and services which support the needs of each individual patient.
Regarding CAMH services, this includes issues regarding the admission of young people to adult wards. In this context, we welcomed the recent publication of the Mental Welfare Commission’s annual report and have agreed with its recommendations to improve the efficiency of bed use and the provision of intensive psychiatric care. Our Mental Health Strategy commits to developing a protocol for admissions to non-specialist wards which is currently being finalised. The Children and Young People’s Mental Health Taskforce will also consider pathways into specialist services for young people.
We have also taken action on transitions between CAMHS and Adult Services. On 29 August 2018 we launched new Transition Care Plans (TCPs) to help young people move more smoothly from child and adolescent services to adult services. The TCPs have been designed entirely by young people, working with the Scottish Youth Parliament and in dialogue with clinicians.