27 November 2018
The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland
has today published its annual report for the period 2017-18.
During the year, the Commission responded to the government's
consultation on reform of the Adults with Incapacity Act. The
Commission welcomes the government's proposals, but believe they
are in need of a great deal of further work.
Welfare guardianships orders continue to increase according to
Commission figures, with the total number of orders up 12 per cent
on the previous year. The number of new guardianship orders granted
increased by five per cent, a 149 per cent rise since 2008-09.
Colin McKay, Chief Executive of the Mental Welfare Commission,
"We published a report examining Police Scotland's use of place
of safety orders to detain people under the Mental Health Act. The
Commission found a high level of care and professionalism among
police officers towards often highly distressed individuals.
"For the first time, The Commission published a report looking
at the care, treatment, and support of people with borderline
personality disorder (BPD). People with BPD reported that they were
often treated with less sympathy and understanding by professional
staff than people with other mental health diagnoses. The
Commission made recommendations for change to the Scottish
Government and integrated authorities."
The Commission worked on 24 investigations, seven of which were
started during the year. The Commission closed eight cases as
complete, with the Commission satisfied with the outcome or
responses of services after its investigation. One investigation
was published, "Investigation into the care and treatment of Mr QR
by Health Board D", which involved a man who took his own life
after being discharged from hospital.
The Commission also surveyed health boards on access to advocacy
services, and published its findings. The report showed a varied
level of planning and provision, and a lack of clarity.
The Commission's programme of local visits continued in 2017-18,
with visits to 1,456 people across Scotland. Commission staff
carried out 113 local visits to wards, units, and other facilities
providing mental health care and treatment, 29 of which were
Colin McKay added: "We will continue to work to influence and
improve mental health provision in Scotland, promoting human rights
and seeking to embed them into care for people with mental illness,
learning disabilities, dementia and related conditions."
The full report is available on the
Commission's website here.