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Commission publishes new local visit reports - 20 April 2022

Publication date: 20 Apr, 2022

The Mental Welfare Commission today published seven local visit reports to NHS hospitals.

The reports highlight positive and negative findings from the Commission's visits. They make recommendations for change where necessary. The Commission expects a response to each of its recommendations within three months of the reports being published.

Suzanne McGuinness, executive director for social work, Mental Welfare Commission, said:

"We undertake over 100 local visits to people being treated on wards or in units across Scotland every year. 

“By publishing our reports we hope to help share good practice where we find it, and call for change where services are lacking.

“One theme that recurs in a number of the reports published today is a lack of activity for patients on wards. People told us of being bored, with nothing to do. We understand the challenges for services at the moment, but a crucial part of a person’s mental health recovery is having regular access to meaningful, structured activity. 

“I hope local services and health boards find these reports useful, and ask that they act on our recommendations.”