Mental Health and Incapacity Legislation (Review)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 19th March 2019.

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Photo of Clare Haughey Clare Haughey Scottish National Party

As a former mental health nurse, I concur with Angela Constance’s view that mental health officers are invaluable in helping the national health service to provide the care and treatment that people with mental distress and mental illness need.

Local authorities are responsible for ensuring that they have a sufficient number of mental health officers to meet their statutory responsibilities and to make plans for their mental health workforce. The Scottish Government has engaged with key stakeholders to consider possible approaches to increasing MHO training and capacity, which links to action 35 of the mental health strategy. Work is being taken forward under the national health and social care workforce plan.