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  • Quality standards for adult secondary mental health services - Consultation

    Created: 28/01/2023

    The Scottish Government wants to hear your views on the draft quality standards for adult secondary mental health services.

    What are adult secondary mental health services?

    • Secondary mental healthcare services are usually services that need a referral from your GP or another healthcare service.

    • Secondary mental health services are usually made up of community mental health teams (CMHTs) and adult in-patient mental health wards.

    • Secondary care services may be delivered in the community or in hospital by a team of mental health professionals who have the skills and training to meet people's needs. Examples of these include Psychiatrists, Mental Health Nurses, Psychologists, other Allied Health Professions as well as Social Workers and Mental Health Officers.

    Currently, there are no national standards for adult secondary mental health services in Scotland. Both people with lived experience and people who work and volunteer in services have identified this as a barrier in the delivery provision of quality care and support.

    The aims of the standards for adult secondary services are:

    • To let individuals, their families, and carers know what they can expect from a secondary mental health service.
    • To improve experiences and outcomes for people who use adult mental health secondary services.

    Your answers to this consultation will inform the content of the final standards and develop the Government measures if these standards are being met. The consultation closes for views on 17 March 2023.

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