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Mental Health Unit
Scottish Government
St Andrew’s House
Regent Road
EH1 3DG 

Phone: 0131 244 5207

Email: katherine.christie@gov.scot

Mental Health Delivery Team

The Scottish Government's Mental Health Delivery Team oversees progress in delivering the national Mental Health Strategy 2012-15 including monitoring the performance of NHS Boards against the mental health HEAT targets:

It coordinates national activity across a wide of mental health priorities (involving national bodies such as NHS Education for Scotland, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, the Information Services Division of NHS National Services Scotland, NHS Health Scotland).

In addition to ensuring progress is made in all the Mental Health Strategy commitments, the Mental Health Delivery Team has specific responsibility to ensure delivery of commitments relating to measurement of progress and improvement support, as well as those commitments that do not currently sit within the framework of the other Implementation and Monitoring Groups.

Mental Health Strategy Commitments

Commitments which are part of this work strand:

  • Commitment 1: The Scottish Government commissioned a 10 year on follow up to the Sandra Grant Report to review the state of mental health services in Scotland in 2013. This report has now been published.
  • Commitment 24: We will identify the key components that need to be in place within every mental health service to enable early intervention services to respond to first episode psychosis and encourage adoption of first episode psychosis teams where that is a sensible option
  • Commitment 26: We will undertake an audit of who is in hospital on a given day and for what reason to give a better understanding of how the inpatient estate is being used and the degree to which that differs across Scotland
  • Commitment 27: Healthcare Improvement Scotland will work with NHS Boards to deliver the Scottish Patient Safety Programme - Mental Health
  • Commitment 28: We will continue to work with NHS Boards and other partners to support a range of health improvement approaches for people with severe and enduring mental illness, and we will work with the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland and other partners to develop a national standard for monitoring the physical health of people being treated with clozapine
  • Commitment 30: We will build on the work underway at HMP Cornton Vale testing the effectiveness of training prison staff in a 'mentalisation' approach to working with women with borderline personality disorder and women who have experienced trauma. The pilot will be extended in that prison and also introduced in HMP Edinburgh.
  • Commitment 31: We will also work with NHS Lothian to test an approach to working with women with borderline personality disorder in the community by extending the Willow Project in Edinburgh. We will use the learning from the test to inform service development more widely across Scotland.
  • Commitment 32: We will promote work between health and justice services to increase the effective use of Community Payback Orders with a mental health condition in appropriate cases
  • Commitment 33: We will undertake work to develop appropriate specialist capability in respect of developmental disorders as well as improving awareness in general settings. As part of this work we will review the need for specialist inpatient services within Scotland.  As part of the work done in commitment 33 the Scottish Government considered neurodevelopmental disorders and employed a consultant psychiatrist who prepared the following report

Progress on commitment 33

  • Commitment 34: We will continue to fund the Veterans First Point service and explore roll out of a hub and spoke model on a regional basis, recognising that other services are already in place in some areas. We will collaborate with the NHS and Veterans Scotland in taking this work forward and will also explore with Veterans Scotland how we can encourage more support groups and peer to peer activity for veterans with mental health problems.
  • Commitment 35: We will work with COSLA to establish a local government mental health forum to focus on those areas of work where local government has a key role, including employability, community assets and support and services for older people, and make effective linkages with the work to integrate health and social care
  • Commitment 36: To support progress on this agenda the Scottish Government will put in place arrangements to co-ordinate, monitor and performance manage progress on the national commitments outlined in this strategy. In doing this we will build on the successful experience of managing the implementation of the Dementia Strategy.

Membership of the Mental Health Delivery Team

The Group is chaired by Penny Curtis, Head of Mental Health and Protection of Rights Division, Scottish Government. The membership is drawn from a range of partners and stakeholders:

Name Organisation
Geraldine Bienkowski NHS Education for Scotland
Joan Blackwood Professional Nurse Advisor, Mental Health, Scottish Government
Christine Breslin NHS Ayrshire and Arran
Penny Curtis Acting Head of Mental Health and Protection of Rights Division, Scottish Government
Wendy Halliday NHS Health Scotland
Beth Hamilton Mental Health Advisor, Scottish Government
Niall Kearney Head of Mental Health Improvement, Scottish Government
Kirsty Licence Information Services Division, NHS National Services Scotland
Fiona McMahon Quality Efficiency Support Team, Mental Health, Scottish Government
John Mitchell Principal Medical Officer, Scottish Government
Lauren Murdoch Head of Mental Health Unit, Scottish Government
Jenny Simons Policy Officer, Mental Health Unit, Scottish Government

Remit of the Mental Health Delivery Team

The remit of the Mental Health Delivery Team is:

  • To oversee progress in delivering the commitments set out in the national mental health strategies
  • Conduct twice-yearly mental health performance reviews with each NHS Board, where local progress on delivering improvements is reviewed
  • To consider NHS Boards' progress against HEAT Target trajectories
  • To agree support for NHS Boards who are not on track to meet HEAT targets
  • To identify any gaps in information required to effectively monitor progress and agree how these will be addressed
  • To identify any commonalties of risk factors across NHS Boards that may highlight the need for additional work at a national level

Meeting Dates of the Mental Health Delivery Team

The Mental Health Delivery Team meet every two weeks.