Date lodged: 8 June 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how public services ensure that they provide appropriate care and support for former service personnel with post-traumatic stress.
Answered by: Maureen Watt 21 June 2016
NHS boards and local authorities have a statutory duty to provide health and social care services which meet the needs of their populations, including for former service personnel with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
A range of care and treatment for PTSD is available across health and social care services and across a range of settings provided on the basis of individually assessed needs, and in line with published clinical guidance.
For example, the Scottish Government funds at £1.2 million per year a nationally commissioned service through NHS Ayrshire and Arran for the provision of specialist mental health services provided by the charity combat stress. This includes an intensive treatment PTSD programme for those ex-service personnel suffering problems as a result of their military service. The provider will accept eligible referrals from any source, including self-referral.