Mental Health Services in Tayside (Independent Inquiry)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 11th March 2020.

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Photo of Clare Haughey Clare Haughey Scottish National Party

I absolutely agree, and I am sure that that will come as no surprise to Mr Macdonald. AHPs, nurses and others play a key role in delivering mental health services day in, day out across the country. As I mentioned, the use of advanced nurse practitioners can expand services and provide additional support in situations when, perhaps, there are not as many medical staff or psychiatrists as we would like. AHPs, occupational therapists and nurses provide vital care, day in, day out, to our mental health services. We need to use their skills more effectively and to have those professionals working to the top of their licence so that they are able to free up capacity in other parts of the service, and provide quality service, which is key.