A memorandum of understanding is an agreement between two
parties in the form of a legal document. It is not fully binding in
the way that a contract is, but it is stronger and more formal than
a traditional gentleman's agreement.
The Mental Welfare Commission has memorandums of understanding
with various organisations to ensure there is a clear understanding
of how we work together in common areas.
A memorandum of agreement sets out the roles of the Commission and
the Scottish Government and outlines how the Commission is held to
account for use of public funds.
The Mental Health
The memorandum of understanding between the mental
Welfare Commission and the Mental Health Tribunal sets out a
frameowrk for cooperation between the two organisations.
Office of the Public
This memorandum has been agreed between the Mental Welfare
Commission and the Public Guardian in order to clarify their
respective roles in relation to the investigation of situations in
which there is a risk to finances and/or property.
Scottish Public Services
The memorandum between the Mental Welfare Commission and the
Scottish Public Services Ombudsman is to clarify the
responsibilities of both organisations in relation to complaints
about mental health services provided by or on behalf of NHS Boards
and local authorities.
Scottish Social Services
The Mental Welfare Commission and the Scottish Social Services
Council have an agreement to exchange information routinely or by
exception, as is necessary to fulfil their respective statutory
functions and to ensure the safety and well-being of people who use
social work and other care services.
Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Regulation of independent healthcare was passed to Healthcare
Improvement Scotland. We have recently reviewed our memorandum
of understanding. This will be available on our website as
soon as it has been fnalised.
The Care Inspectorate
The Care Inspectorate, or SCSWIS, is the new name for the Care
Commission. We have recently reviewed our memorandum of