Welcoming the Scottish Government's announcement today of a Workforce Specialist Service to help support NHS staff, Dr Patricia Moultrie, Deputy Chair of BMA Scotland said:
“The BMA in Scotland very much welcomes today’s announcement of a Workforce Specialist Service, which is something we have campaigned consistently for. Doctors – and indeed all staff – across Scotland’s NHS have experienced an exceptionally tough last year.
"Even before that, we had concern about the impact working in an overstretched, under resourced and under staffed system was having on the mental and physical wellbeing of doctors and their colleagues. Indeed our recent surveys of doctors have emphasised the scale and worsening nature of these challenges. On that basis now is absolutely the right time to introduce a service such as this which offers an alternative route to help for those working in health and social care and social services who have mental health needs that require assessment and intervention.
"This service will provide specialism in the assessment and care of practitioners with mental ill-health and will reduce the barriers to accessing care which research has shown particularly affects doctors. We are very hopeful this new service will benefit patient care through improving the wellbeing of doctors and other staff – making it a doubly beneficial investment. What is now vital is that the service is widely advertised and gains the trust and respect of healthcare professionals. That means it needs to work effectively and we will be monitoring progress and listening to feedback from doctors carefully.”
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If you are a regulated practitioner working in Scotland, find out more about what the service provides and how to refer yourself by visiting:
or you can also email [email protected] or call 0300 0303 300.
For media enquires contact: Tim Jays, BMA Scotland, (0131) 2473018/07768 005850