Bruce Crawford MSP for Stirling Constituency has welcome the news of improvements in child and adolescent mental health services across Forth Valley.

In a question to the Minister for Mental Health, Maureen Watt MSP, Mr Crawford was told about the substantial improvements which have been seen over the past 12 months resulting in 95% of people treated in CAMHS being seen within the 18-week target time period.

The Minister outlined a new 10-year strategy for mental health in Scotland which contains 40 actions, including those that commit to funding improved provision of services to treat child and adolescent mental health problems and funding work to improve provision of psychological therapy services and to help meet set treatment targets.

She also highlighted a £54 million comprehensive package of support to improve access to child and adolescent mental health services and to psychological therapies across Scotland.

Commenting Bruce Crawford said;

“NHS Forth Valley is one of the first boards in Scotland to work with the improvement team. Working with the board, a new service model has been introduced in Forth Valley and we have seen substantial improvements in CAMHS waits.

“The latest published figures show that Forth Valley’s performance against the standard improved across the second half of 2016, with 95 per cent of people treated in CAMHS being seen within 18 weeks.

“NHS Forth Valley board and staff should be congratulated on attaining the target, something which I hope can be maintained.”