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Mental health workers: quarterly performance reports

Published: 19 Oct 2020

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

Mental health workers: recruitment 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."

Quarterly 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 2020

Action 15: setting 

Financial year

A&E

Custody suite

GP practices

Prisons

Other settings (these are mostly via the third sector e.g peer/support workers) *

Yearly total

2018-2019 40.04 3.45 65.51 5.75 70.88 185.63
2019-2020 - Q1 11.29 0.30 32.28 6.10 30.98 80.95
2019-2020 - Q2 9.20 4.00 20.50 6.61 19.05 59.36
2019-2020 – Q3 16.49 1.24 6.15 3.00 22.20 49.08
             

2019-20 Q4 / 2020-2021 – Q1

(2 January  - 1 July 2020)**
34.13 2.46 38.07 14.05 21.87 110.58

Total recruitment as of 1 July 2020

111.15 11.45 162.51 35.51 164.98 485.60
             

*   ‘Other Settings’ refers to those workers not located in the Key Settings but may be providing services which support 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 and a range of Mental Health workers. This setting also includes 14 posts situated within NHS 24 which support the Enhanced Mental Health Pathway, a collaboration between NHS 24, Police Scotland and the Scottish Ambulance Service to improve the care pathway for people experiencing mental illness, distress and poor mental well-being who are being supported by Police Scotland and / or the Scottish Ambulance Service.

**  Please note that this single return covers both Q4 of the 2019-2020 financial year and Q1 of the 2020-2021 financial year. This is because the quarterly data collection schedule was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please note that all figures have been rounded to nearest 1/100th of a point for accuracy.

Further information 

  • all 31 Integration Authorities have provided detailed data on their confirmed and planned WTE recruitment to the Scottish Government
  • as of 1 July 2020, an additional 485.60 WTE mental health posts were recruited to as a result of Action 15 funding
  • in light of the pandemic response, the next update will be published in early 2021 and will cover the six month period 2 July 2020 – 1 January 2021

Contact

Email: Gordon.mason@gov.scot

Post:

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