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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-21128: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 23 January 2019

To ask the Scottish Government which prisons have operational multi-disciplinary mental health teams, and how many members they have, broken down by their (a) role and (b) job title.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 5 February 2019

I have asked Colin McConnell, Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service (SPS), to respond. His response is as follows:

Each prison in Scotland, including the 2 privately run prisons, has a multi-disciplinary mental health team (MDMHT) in place.

The MDMHT team across the SPS estate is made up of a number of staff ranging from 8 to 12, but is primarily made up of the following:-

SPS representative – Senior Manager (chair)

NHS representative – Clinical Psychiatrist

NHS representative – Clinical Manager

NHS representative – GP or Doctor

NHS representative – Mental Health or Addiction Nurses

NHS representative – Clinical Psychologist (where relevant)

SPS representative – Forensic Psychologist

SPS representative – Residential Manager

SPS representative – Residential Officer

Social Work representative – Prison Based Social Work

The MDMHT will primarily be led by SPS, whilst the clinical responsibility for delivery remains with the NHS. However in the case of HMP Open Estate Castle Huntly, HMP Perth and HMP Dumfries, the groups are chaired by NHS.