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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-00823: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 16 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to reduce the number of children and young people requiring mental health inpatient treatment being treated in non-specialist wards.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 28 June 2016

We are working closely with NHS boards to ensure that the number of specialist beds matches the need and demand of children and adolescents. We are also encouraging NHS boards to develop their community based intensive outreach services in order to enable children and young people to return to their own communities at an earlier stage of their recovery.

A new model of 'hospital at home' type care and treatment has been introduced across many NHS boards. This new approach creates new capacity. In areas where the new approaches are most advanced this has been demonstrated to have had the effect of significantly reducing the need for unscheduled and temporary admissions of under 18s to adult psychiatric hospital beds.

Generally children accessing child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) will be treated in the community however there may be times when it is necessary to admit them to hospital for specialist treatment. Should this be the case they would be admitted to one of the three regional CAMHS inpatient units or for under 12s the Royal Hospital for sick kids.