NUMBER OF CHILD MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALISTS UP 74% UNDER SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT

Published date : 29 Mar 2019

New figures from the Scottish Parliament’s Information Centre (SPICe) show that the number of NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service Staff (CAMHS) in Scotland has increased by 74% under the Scottish Government.

The total number of CAMHS staff in Scotland has increased from 599.4 WTE in 2007 to 1043.6 WTE in December 2018 – while the number of child specialist psychologists has increased by a massive 149% over the same period.

The Scottish Government  has committed an extra £12 million in mental health funding for schools to help support plans for an additional 350 school counsellors across Scotland.

By the end of academic year 2019-20, every local authority will also be offered training for teachers in mental health first aid – with an additional 250 school nurses in place by 2022.

 

Commenting, Jenny Gilruth MSP said:

“Our mental health is one of the most important issues in Scotland today – the Scottish Government has made enormous strides in improving support for both child and adult mental health services in recent years. 

“The Scottish Government has made mental health, and the mental health of young people in particular, a key priority while in power – committing well over £1 billion for key services over the coming year.

 

“But of course, there’s still much to do and the SNP remains committed to improving the mental health of young people across Scotland and narrowing the health inequality gap between those from the least and most deprived communities.”

 

ENDS

 

Notes:

 

Clinical Staff Employed in Scotland CAMHS by Professional Group

 
         
 

Sep-2007

 

Dec-2018

 
 

Headcount

WTE

Headcount

WTE

Nursing

291

267.8

487

447.0

Psychology

141

120.8

332

270.0

Medical

92

72.5

117

92.4

Occupational Therapy

34

30.0

55

41.8

Social Work

20

16.7

30

25.0

Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy

19

16.9

22

19.4

Family Therapy

8

6.5

12

11.4

Counselling

3

2.6

10

8.2

Speech & Language Therapy

10

6.8

18

11.6

Teaching

8

6.0

8

4.4

Art Therapy

4

3.8

12

9.4

Dietetics

4

2.3

15

12.3

Physiotherapy

0

0.0

2

0.9

Music Therapy

1

0.6

1

0.6

Educational Psychology

1

0.2

0

0.0

Other Therapy

4

3.3

10

8.0

Other

47

42.7

90

81.1

Healthcare Assistants

0

0.0

75

68.3

         

Total: All Professional Groups

687

599.4

1221

1043.6

 

Source: SPICe

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