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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-06660: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 27 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with NHS Lothian regarding recruiting therapists to work in mental health services.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 9 February 2017

The additional £150 million for funding announced for mental health includes £54 million funding for mental health improvement. This has been designed as a comprehensive package of support and offers a new approach to improvement of mental health services.

Within this £24.6m funding was provided to NHS Education for Scotland over five years to support for the development of the mental health workforce to enhance supply and training of workforce to deliver evidence-based therapies. Following a series of commissioning visits, in June 2106 NES wrote to all Boards setting out an individual, tailored offer of funding and workforce development.

It comprises a significant proportion of funding for service posts. These posts are intended to support stepped-care models of service delivery by providing training, coaching and supervision in evidence-based interventions.