Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Committee Call for Evidence

26 July 2016

The Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee would like to hear views on mental health services, support and strategy as part of its first call for evidence of the new Parliamentary session.

The re-established committee, chaired by Labour’s Neil Findlay MSP, has issued a series of questions focused on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), with particular reference to waiting time targets, the success of the previous Mental Health Strategy and priorities for the future.

The questions are as follows:

  1. What are the key factors that result in long waits for CAMHS services?
  2. What would you identify as the main reason(s) for the CAMHS waiting time target not being met?
  3. Are there any other issues in CAMHS that you would identify as being a priority for improvement?
  4. Are there any particular factors/initiatives you can identify which have helped improve services either locally or in other parts of Scotland?
  5. What support is provided to children and young people while they are waiting for a stage 3 referral?
  6. Which parts of the previous mental health strategy have been the most successful?
  7. Which parts of the previous mental health strategy have been the least successful?
  8. What would you identify as the key priorities for the next mental health strategy?

Responses must be sent to the Committee by Wednesday 17 August 2016 at healthandsport@parliament.scot