Men­tal health staff boost

Campbeltown Courier - - NEWS -

Scot­land will re­cruit an ad­di­tional 80 men­tal health pro­fes­sion­als to work with chil­dren and young peo­ple, fol­low­ing a £4 mil­lion in­vest­ment. The ad­di­tional staff, made up of psy­chol­o­gists, nurses, al­lied health pro­fes­sion­als and ad­min­is­tra­tion work­ers, will sup­port im­prove­ments to men­tal health care and help re­duce pres­sure on Chil­dren’s and Young Peo­ple Men­tal Health Ser­vices (CAMHS). The fund­ing comes as a task­force, ap­pointed by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment and COSLA to re­view CAMHS, pub­lishes its plan for im­prov­ing ser­vices. The task­force’s rec­om­men­da­tions in­clude: cut­ting the tar­get wait­ing time for spe­cial­ist CAMHS treat­ment by a third, to 12 weeks; prevent­ing young peo­ple be­ing re­ferred to spe­cial­ist care by de­fault; treat­ing more in pri­mary and com­mu­nity-based care and pro­vid­ing young peo­ple and fam­i­lies with more in­for­ma­tion on men­tal health ser­vices and how the sys­tem works.

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