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RCN Scotland
Mental Health 2016

Spotlight on mental health

in Scotland

What’s adult mental health nursing like in Scotland today? Find out in three short films from frontline mental health nursing staff.

Leaders of Scotland’s new health and social care partnerships can learn a lot from the transformation of mental health services over the last 30 years. Read more in our latest report. 

RCN Scotland believes changes need to be made to the draft ten year mental health strategy. Find out why in our response to the Scottish Government’s consultation. 
Voices from the frontline of mental health nursing

In our first film - 'Past, present, future' - hear from a student and a Director of Nursing about the transformation of mental health services and what the future holds for mental health nursing.


In our second film - 'A team approach' - two health care support workers, working in the community, talk about the importance of teamwork in delivering care to meet individuals’ needs.

In our final film - 'In partnership with the person' - A community mental health nurse and a senior charge nurse each discuss how they work in partnership with individuals to support their care and recovery.

MH Film 1

Past, present, future

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MH Film 3

Partnership with the person

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MH Film 2

A team approach        

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The transformation of adult mental health care in Scotland: Learning from the past to support integration reform

With a strong drive in Scotland towards person-centred, integrated health and social care in the community, RCN Scotland believes there are lessons to be learned from the past experience of transformational change in mental health services.  This paper is designed to help decision makers as they plan for mental health and other services in an integrated future, and identifies some key enablers of transformational change.

MH Policy Paper

The transformation of adult mental health care in Scotland: Learning from the past to support integration reform


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RCN Scotland’s response to the draft mental health strategy ‘Mental Health in Scotland – a 10 year vision’

The new ten year mental health strategy, due in late 2016, is an opportunity to take an ambitious future focus and to make clear where the Scottish Government aims to be by 2026 in terms of mental health and wellbeing outcomes. In response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the draft strategy, RCN Scotland has set out where it believes changes need to be made to ensure the final strategy reaches that level of ambition. 

MH ScotGov Strategy

Mental health strategy response


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