Date lodged: 28 October 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to promote a better understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to help improve the assessment of veterans.
Answered by: Shona Robison 11 November 2016
Health and social care professional are well placed to deliver care and support and promote a better understanding of PTSD to help improve the assessment of veterans.
The Scottish Government funds the provision of specialist mental health services for veterans resident in Scotland at £1.2m per year, through arrangements with Combat Stress and NHS Scotland. This includes delivery of an intensive PTSD treatment programme at the Combat Stress facility in Ayr. In delivering effective interventions that meet the needs of veterans, the service ensures Veterans have access to a range of information to allow them to progress effectively along the recovery pathway.
The Veterans First Point Scotland Network which provides a range of drop in and other services across the Country for Veterans, no matter what their need may be also works using peer support to provide access to information and to promote better a understanding of the issues affecting veterans to help them and their families maximise their opportunities.
The Scottish Government is also working with it's partners to increase access to psychological therapies as an evidence based treatment for a range of mental health conditions, including PTSD. With NHS Education for Scotland, we have published the Matrix guide to planning and delivering evidence-based Psychological Therapies within NHS Boards in Scotland. It provides a summary of the information on the current evidence base for various therapeutic approaches, guidance on well functioning psychological therapies services, and advice on important governance issues. This includes the evidence base for the prevention and treatment of PTSD.