Date lodged: 23 January 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to reduce child and adolescent mental health waiting times in NHS (a) Forth Valley and (b) Fife.
Answered by: Clare Haughey 29 January 2019
Our 2018 Programme for Government has mental health at its very heart. It contains a package of measures to support positive mental health and prevent mental ill health, and is backed by £250 million of additional investment. There is a clear focus on children and young people’s mental health, and particularly on preventative approaches and early intervention. We want our young people to get the right help at the right time.
On 19 December 2018, we published our delivery plan detailing how we will deliver on these commitments. That includes focused action on improving access to care for specialist mental health and an investment of £4 million in 80 additional CAMHS staff.
From 2016-17 to 2019-20 we are investing an additional £150 million in mental health services, including £54 million to help boards improve their CAMHS and Psychological Therapies performance.
From this package we are providing NHS Forth Valley with a total of £2 million for workforce capacity building and workforce development. We are providing NHS Fife with a total of £2.4 million.
We will continue to work closely with all NHS Boards, 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.
From January 2019, MHAIST will support all NHS Boards to identify areas for improvement by expanding the provision of improvement support for every Board. Improvement activity will be overseen by a new Mental Health Delivery Board, chaired by the Minister for Mental Health.