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Mental health workers: quarterly performance reports

Published: 19 Oct 2020
Last updated: 15 Oct 2021 - see all updates

Quarterly performance updates for action 15 of the Mental Health Strategy which confirms the number of (Whole Time Equivalent) mental health workers in post.

Published:
19 Oct 2020
Mental health workers: quarterly performance reports

As part of the Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027, we committed to provide funding to support the employment of 800 additional mental health workers to improve access in key settings such as Accident and Emergency departments, GP practices, police station custody suites and prisons. The detail is set out in Action 15 of the Mental Health Strategy.

Action 15

"Increase the workforce to increase access to dedicated mental health professionals in all A&Es, all GP practices, every police station custody suite, and to our prisons. Over the next five years increasing additional investment to £35 million for 800 additional mental health workers in those key settings."

Recruitment performance updates for Action 15 of the Mental Health Strategy which confirms the number of (Whole Time Equivalent) mental health workers recruited, as of 1 July 2021.  

Total recruitment figures by setting and reporting period

Reporting period

Setting Total WTE

A&E

Custody suites

GP practices

Prisons

Community settings and Enhanced Pathway*
2018/19 totals 40.0

3.5

65.5

5.8

70.9

185.6

2019/20 quarter 1 (2 Apr - 1 July) 11.3

0.3

32.3

6.1

31.0

81.0

2019/20 quarter 2 (2 July - 1 October)

9.2

4.0

20.5

6.6

19.1

59.4

2019/20 quarter 3 (2 October - 1 January)

16.5

1.2

6.2

3.0

22.2

49.1

2019/20 quarter 4 and 2020/21 quarter 1 (2 January - 1 July)**

34.1

2.5

37.1

14.3

21.9

109.8

2020/21 quarters 2 and 3 (2 July - 1 January)

15.1

4.7

30.6

5.8

18.0

74.0

2020/21 quarter 4 and 2021/22 quarter 1  (2 January - 1 July) 3.6 3.6 33.1 4.6 50.6 95.4

Total recruitment (WTE)

129.9

19.7

224.2

46.1

233.5

654.3

% of total 20% 3% 34% 7% 36%  

* Community settings and Enhanced Pathway - This category has been renamed from ‘Other Settings’ to reflect the activity that IAs are supporting through Action 15 recruitment. This refers to those workers not located in A&E departments, GP practices, custody suites or prisons, but are providing services which support activity in these key settings. This may involve joint working between statutory services and third sector organisations or specific community based-projects within statutory services. Workers may include, but are not limited to, third sector staff, Peer Support workers, Mental Health Nurses, Occupational Therapists. This setting also includes 34 posts which support the Enhanced Mental Health Pathway, a collaboration between NHS 24, Police Scotland and the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) to improve the care pathway for people experiencing mental illness, distress and poor mental well-being (26 posts in NHS 24 and 8 in SAS).   

** Figures include minor adjustments to GP Practices and Prisons due to a change in how posts are recorded at a local level.

Further information 

  • each Integration Authority has provided details of the number of WTE posts recruited to so far under Action 15 and will continue to do so until the end of the 2021-22 financial year at least
  • as of 1 July 2021, an additional 654.3 WTE mental health posts were recruited to as a result of Action 15 funding
  • the next publication will cover the period 2 July – 1 October 2021

Contact

Email: Gordon.mason@gov.scot

Post: Gordon Mason
          Adult Mental Health Division
          3ER St Andrews House
          Edinburgh
          EH1 3DG

First published: 19 Oct 2020 Last updated: 15 Oct 2021 -