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Scottish Parliament written answers — Mental Health: Mental Health (7 Jan 2009)

Shona Robison: There is no common definition for stress related disorders. However data is collected by Information Services Division Scotland, and obtained through the Practice Team Information (PTI), from a sample of Scottish GP practices, where stress related disorders are included within a grouping for Depression and for anxiety and other neurotic disorders. The information will help NHS boards to plan...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Mental Health: Mental Health (7 Jan 2009)

Shona Robison: This information is not held centrally. There is no common definition for stress-related disorders.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Mental Health: Mental Health (7 Jan 2009)

Shona Robison: The Scottish Government and partners currently supports and works with a range of organisations supporting and caring for those with a stress related disorder and their families. A range of grants and other support is in place. Each is kept under review for relevance and continued fitness for purpose. Some organisations take this care group and needs as their sole or lead focus while others...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Smoking: Smoking (7 Jan 2009)

Shona Robison: As I made clear in my statement to the Parliament on 21 May 2008 when I launched the Smoking Prevention Action Plan Scotland’s Future is Smoke-free which is based on the recommendations of the Smoking Prevention Working Group, the Scottish Government proposes to establish a research and evaluation framework to assess the impact the measures proposed within the action plan. This will form...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Smoking: Smoking (7 Jan 2009)

Shona Robison: As I made clear in my statement to the Parliament on 21 May 2008 when I launched the Smoking Prevention Action Plan Scotland's Future is Smoke-free which is based on the recommendations of the Smoking Prevention Working Group, the Scottish Government is keen to see proposed action to tighten the enforcement of illegal sales from legitimate business, matched by firm action on sales of smuggled...

Scottish Parliament written answers — State Hospital: State Hospital (7 Jan 2009)

Shona Robison: Allowing for forecast progress with the building and commissioning of the new facilities the new level of patient provision should be achieved by July 2009. Practical contingencies have been included in the current and forward planning to ensure continued safe care at all stages to completion and beyond.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Audiology: Audiology (9 Jan 2009)

Shona Robison: All three audiology assistants from the first cohort of the graduate diploma in audiology at Queen Margaret University are working in the NHS as audiologists.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Mobile Phones: Mobile Phones (9 Jan 2009)

Shona Robison: The main programme of research on mobile phone technologies in the UK since 2000 has been that conducted under Phase 1 of the Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research Programme (MTHR), which published its first report in 2007. The general conclusion of these studies was that mobile phone technologies were not found to be associated with any biological or adverse health effects. Phase II...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Mobile Phones: Mobile Phones (9 Jan 2009)

Shona Robison: A UK-wide Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research (MTHR) programme was set up in 2001, with funding from a number of sources, including the Scottish Government. The findings of the research studies included in this programme were published in the MTHR Report 2007 , and the Scottish Government has also committed funding from 2008 for a further five years to Phase II of the MTHR...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Health and Wellbeing: Care Home Staff (Fife) (15 Jan 2009)

Shona Robison: The deployment and training of social care and health professionals—based on assessed needs and local priorities—is the responsibility of local authorities and health boards. We would expect all social care and health staff who support people with profound and complex needs to be fully trained in meeting their needs.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Health and Wellbeing: Care Home Staff (Fife) (15 Jan 2009)

Shona Robison: I will make a couple of points about that. First, I understand that NHS Fife and Fife Council have based their decisions about the level and skills of staffing in Kilrymond on the assessed needs of the residents who are currently living there. I assure the member that the resource level that is available for the service that Kilrymond provides has remained the same. She will be well aware...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Health and Wellbeing: Specialist Nurses (Motor Neurone Disease) (15 Jan 2009)

Shona Robison: The planning of the workforce, including specialist nurses for motor neurone disease sufferers, is a matter for national health service boards, which are responsible for planning services in their area based on clinical need. In doing so, and as part of their plans to ensure that services meet the needs of people living with long-term conditions, they are required to consider the role of...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Health and Wellbeing: Specialist Nurses (Motor Neurone Disease) (15 Jan 2009)

Shona Robison: I join Christian McKelvie in paying tribute to the work of the Motor Neurone Disease Association. It does a tremendous job, and I am sure that the event to which she referred will go very well indeed. It is important that the partnership involving the voluntary sector and the health service continues to grow. It is a strong partnership, which has delivered some innovative ways of working in...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Health and Wellbeing: Alcohol Misuse Services (Aberdeen) (15 Jan 2009)

Shona Robison: The Scottish Government has provided £2,014,386 to NHS Grampian for the provision of alcohol brief interventions and alcohol treatment and support services in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray. The Scottish Government does not determine which services should be delivered through those funds, which is a decision best made locally according to identified need. Officials will be visiting each...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Health and Wellbeing: Alcohol Misuse Services (Aberdeen) (15 Jan 2009)

Shona Robison: I remind Richard Baker that we have committed about £120 million for between 2008 and 2011 to tackling alcohol misuse, the majority of which has been allocated for provision of treatment and support services. A number of partners are involved in decisions on funding in regard to the services that are offered by Albyn house. The process is not simple, and I am sure that all the agencies...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Health and Wellbeing: Alcohol Misuse Services (Aberdeen) (15 Jan 2009)

Shona Robison: Alcohol Focus Scotland is working with Alcohol Support Ltd in Aberdeen to provide the online counselling service to which Brian Adam refers. The scheme has been in operation for only a short time, so it is too early to assess the results. However, Alcohol Focus Scotland will conduct an evaluation at the end of the pilot, before considering whether the scheme can be developed and then rolled...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Health and Wellbeing: National Health Service Dentists (Grampian) (15 Jan 2009)

Shona Robison: NHS Grampian is of course aware of the long-standing problems with access to NHS dental services in the area, and the board has been working with dental practitioners to try to increase provision. In addition to the establishment of a new dental school for Scotland in Aberdeen on 6 October 2008, the Scottish Government has provisionally allocated to NHS Grampian £6.62 million under the...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Health and Wellbeing: National Health Service Dentists (Grampian) (15 Jan 2009)

Shona Robison: I remind Mike Rumbles of the bit that was missing from his question—the fact that his party was part of the previous Administration that negotiated the contract in 2005, and which we inherited. Mr Rumbles's efforts to pass the buck to the Labour health minister at the time, as he tried to do on the BBC this morning, will not have gone down well in parts of the chamber. I will answer Mr...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Alcohol Misuse: Alcohol Misuse (15 Jan 2009)

Shona Robison: The Scottish Government recognises that community supported activity can play a valuable role in reducing alcohol-related harm and tackling antisocial behaviour. Community Alcohol Partnerships can bring the benefits of effective partnership working by all relevant partners to tackle issues such as underage drinking and a number of positive indicators appear to have resulted from initial schemes.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (15 Jan 2009)

Shona Robison: The Scottish Government has discussed community alcohol partnerships with a number of relevant organisations, including bodies represented on the Scottish Government Alcohol Industry Partnership. Scottish Government officials recently visited a community alcohol partnership in St Neot’s, Cambridgeshire, to learn about its operation and impact. The Scottish Government is supportive of...


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