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

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



To provide relevant and reliable information, analysis and advice that meet the needs of government, business and the people of Scotland.


1. To produce statistics and analysis relevant to user needs by

  • Developing our understanding of customer requirements to ensure statistics are kept relevant and analysis is well targeted;
  • Developing the range of statistics and analysis we produce;
  • Where practicable improving timeliness;
  • Providing more statistics disaggregated by age, gender and ethnicity;
  • Developing more data for small areas through the Neighbourhood Statistics project;
  • Contributing to production of comparable statistics across the UK and internationally.

2. To ensure effective use of our statistics by

  • Contributing more directly to policy processes inside and where possible outside government;
  • Improving access to and presentation of data and analysis;
  • Improving the advice provided on statistics.

3. To work effectively with users and providers by

  • Maintaining arrangements to consult and involve users and providers;
  • Involving users and providers in planning developments in outputs and processes;
  • Minimising the burden on data providers through dropping or streamlining collections as appropriate, to ensure the benefits of the information justify the costs of collection.

4. To develop the quality of statistics by

  • Assuring and improving quality as an integral part of data collection and analysis and through regular reviews in line with National Statistics quality strategy;
  • Developing statistical methods, systems and classifications;
  • Working with the rest of the Government Statistical Service to develop joint approaches/solutions where appropriate.

5. To assure the integrity of statistics by

  • Maintaining and promoting integrity through implementation of the National Statistics Code of Practice and related protocols;
  • Safeguarding the confidentiality of data subjects.

6. To ensure the efficient and effective delivery of statistics products and services by

  • Making best use of all sources including administrative sources;
  • Working with other analysts to maximise the contribution of our own and other analysts' work;
  • Ensuring value for money;
  • Making best use of Information and Communications Technology;
  • Ensuring effective communication within the Statistician Group.

7. To develop our workforce and competences

  • Ensuring recruitment of staff with the necessary skills and potential;
  • Ensuring development of expertise amongst existing staff;
  • Promoting and upholding the standards of the statistics profession.

This is a National Statistics publication

"This is a National Statistics publication. It has been produced to high professional standards set out in the National Statistics Code of Practice Protocol - see

These statistics undergo regular quality assurance reviews to ensure that they meet customer needs. They are produced free from any political interference."

Details of pre-release access will be provided in the Scottish Government Statistics Website under 'Forthcoming Releases'

Correspondence and enquiries

Enquiries on Mental Health Officers
should be addressed to:

Steven Gillespie
Analytical Services Division
Health Directorate
St Andrews House

Telephone: 0131 244 3777; Fax: 0131 244 2371

General enquiries on Scottish Government statistics
can be addressed to:

Scottish Government
3 Floor West Rear, St Andrews House
Telephone: (0131) 244 0442; Fax: (0131) 244 2223

Advice on specific areas of Scottish Government statistical work can be obtained from staff at the telephone numbers given below:

Scottish Government Statistics contacts
Agricultural census and labour force (0131) 244 6150
Business (0141) 242 5446
Community Care (0131) 244 3777
Courts and law (0131) 244 2227
Environment (0131) 244 0445
Equality (0131) 244 0324
Fisheries (0131) 244 6441
Further and Higher Education (0141) 242 0273
Health (0131) 244 3432
Housing (0131) 244 7236
Income, Tax and Benefits (0131) 244 2583
Labour market (0141) 242 5446
Local government finance (0131) 244 7033
Planning (0131) 244 0439
Prisons (0131) 244 2147
Recorded crime (0131) 244 2635
Schools - pupils and teachers (0131) 244 1689
Schools - qualifications (0131) 244 0315
Scottish Government personnel (0131) 244 3926
Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics (0131) 244 0442
The Economy (0131) 244 2234
Transport (0131) 244 7255

Other contacts for Scottish statistics

Forestry Commission (0131) 314 6337
General Register Office for Scotland
- Vital statistics and publications
- Population statistics, census statistics or digital boundary products
(0131) 314 4243

(0131) 314 4254
The Scottish Funding Councils for Higher and Further Education (0131) 313 6575

For general enquiries about National Statistics in the United Kingdom Government contact the National Statistics Public Enquiry Service on

020 7533 5888
minicom: 01633 812399
Fax: 01633 652747
Letters: room DG/18, 1 Drummond Gate,

You can also find National Statistics on the internet -
go to

If you would like to be consulted about new or existing statistical collections or receive notification of forthcoming statistical publications, please register your interest on the Scottish Government ScotStat website at

Current contact points, e-mail addresses and the publications listed below as well as a range of other statistical publications can be found on the Scottish Government Web site at

Further information on the General Register Office for Scotland is available on the website

Most recent Health Statistical Publications relating to the Community Care theme

Ref no. Title Last published Price
978 1780455310 Home Care Services, Scotland, 2011 29 November 2011 -
978 1780454795 Respite Care, Scotland 2011 25 October 2011 -
978 1780454276 Self-directed Support (Direct Payments), Scotland, 2011 27 September 2011 -
978 1780453637 Free Personal And Nursing Care, Scotland, 2009-10 30 August 2011 -

Additional copies of these publications may be purchased from Scottish Government Publication Sales, Blackwell's Bookshop, 53 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS, Telephone: 0131 622 8283 or 0131 622 8258, Fax: 0131 557 8149. Cheques should be made payable to 'Blackwell's Bookshop'.

Complaints and suggestions

If you are not satisfied with our service, please write to the Chief Statistician, Mr Rob Wishart, 3R.01, St Andrews House, Edinburgh, EH1 3DG, Telephone: (0131) 244 0302, e-mail We also welcome any comments or suggestions that would help us to improve our standards of service.


Email: Jonathan Glassford

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