Fin­nish del­e­ga­tion im­pressed by men­tal health ser­vices

Rutherglen Reformer - - Intimations - Staff re­porter

A del­e­ga­tion of health pro­fes­sion­als and politi­cians from Fin­land spent a day tour­ing men­tal health ser­vices of­fered by NHS La­nark­shire.

The 12 del­e­gates vis­ited a num­ber of lo­ca­tions and teams in both North and South La­nark­shire to find out how in-pa­tient and com­mu­nity care men­tal health ser­vices are de­liv­ered by North and South La­nark­shire Health and So­cial Care Part­ner­ships and com­mu­nity part­ners.

Kevin O’Neill, NHS La­nark­shire pub­lic men­tal health and well-be­ing de­vel­op­ment man­ager, said:“The Scot­tish Govern­ment was ap­proached by the Fin­nish del­e­ga­tion from the Fin­nish hospi­tal district of South Ostroboth­nia to ask if the govern­ment would play host to their board.

“The Scot­tish Govern­ment rec­om­mended a visit to La­nark­shire to see first-hand how ser­vices are de­liv­ered and they were happy to spend a day in La­nark­shire fol­low­ing a very pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence they had when they vis­ited in 2013.

“We were more than happy to fa­cil­i­tate this and are de­lighted that the pos­i­tive work our men­tal health teams are do­ing here in La­nark­shire is gen­er­at­ing so much in­ter­est out­with Scot­land and is be­ing so well recog­nised and re­ceived.”

“The del­e­gates were clearly im­pressed by the qual­ity and range of men­tal health ser­vices that we, health and so­cial care and third sec­tor part­ners pro­vide.

“They were also im­pressed by the strength of in­te­grated part­ner­ship work­ing, the pas­sion of staff and the per­son cen­tred care.”

To find out about the sup­ports and help avail­able in La­nark­shire visit: www.ela­

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