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Mental Health Officers(MHO) survey, Scotland 2011-12

Mental Health Officers(MHO) survey, Scotland 2011-12

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

ISBN: 9781780459141

This survey collects information about the number of qualified MHOs who are practising within Scotland.

Executive Summary

The number of practicing MHOs has decreased from 728 on the 31st March 2011 to 688 on the 31st March 2012, this is a decrease of 5.5%. The staffing whole time equivalent (WTE) has decreased from 687.75 on the 31st March 2011 to 635.44 on the 31st March 2012, this is a decrease of around 8%.

The reduction in staff numbers has only impacted the non-Specialist Mental Health teams. In 2011, there were 345 MHOs compared to 304 in 2012 an reduction of nearly 12%. This has resulted in a shift to more MHOs working in Specialist Mental Health teams. In 2008 52% of MHOs worked in Specialist Mental Health teams, this has increased in 2012 to 56%.

A total of 90 MHOs left the workforce in 2011/12, of which around a third of MHOs left due to retirement and around a fifth of MHOs resigned. This is an increase of 76% from the 51 leavers reported in 2011.