– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 9th March 2011.

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Photo of Richard Simpson Richard Simpson Labour

Question S3W-39857

To ask the Scottish Executive what implementation plans it has to meet the HEAT target on talking therapies.

Photo of Shona Robison Shona Robison Scottish National Party

Along with colleagues from the Mental Health Collaborative, Information Services Division (ISD) and NHS Education Scotland (NES), we have recently met each NHS board to discuss how they intend to design and implement services and information systems to deliver the target.

We have been working closely with NHS Education for Scotland and NHS boards to develop a range of initiatives to support the development of the workforce around our commitment to expand and increase access to psychological therapies to meet people’s needs better and sooner.

We have also produced and will shortly be publishing an updated version of the Matrix, a tool for NHS boards to use in reviewing available evidence and in considering which psychological interventions might best be used to meet local need and demand.

The Mental Health Collaborative is supporting boards design their systems including publishing a series of introductory guides for clinicians and service managers to support them to design and manage the delivery of psychological therapies.

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