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Working with other organisations

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.

Scottish Government
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 Tribunal
The memorandum of understanding between the Mental Welfare Commission and the Mental Health Tribunal sets out a framework for cooperation between the two organisations.

Office of the Public Guardian
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 Ombudsman
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 Council (SSSC)
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. 

The Care Inspectorate

The Care Inspectorate, or SCSWIS, is the new name for the Care Commission. We have recently reviewed our memorandum of understanding. 

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