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Commission publishes new local visit reports - 18 October 2023

Publication date: 18 Oct, 2023

The Mental Welfare Commission today publishes 10 new reports on NHS hospital wards and other facilities in Scotland.

Every year the Mental Welfare Commission visits around 100 wards and units for people with mental ill health, learning disability, dementia or related conditions in Scotland, talking to patients, relatives and staff, and examining records. A report is published after each visit. The Commission expects a response to each of its recommendations within three months of the reports being published.

Today’s reports highlight positive findings, aspects of care and treatment where we think the service could do better, and making recommendations for change where necessary.

Claire Lamza, executive director (nursing), Mental Welfare Commission, said:

“The majority of the reports for this month’s local visits focused on people being cared for in a range of restrictive settings. These included prisons, medium secure mental health units and an immigration detention facility.

“The real challenge in these settings is to offer personalised and supportive care that promotes recovery and wellbeing with someone’s mental health  – as is expected in any other location – in an environment that includes additional and appropriate security measures.

“Some of the facilities we visited managed to do that well, while for others, we saw areas that needed improvement and we made recommendations for change.”

The reports are for: