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.