Health Service Provision - Mental Health Services

High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Mental Health Services

Scottish Government policy is that as many people as possible should be treated in the community, avoiding hospital admission or a lengthy stay in hospital unless really necessary. For over a decade the number of hospital beds required for patients with mental illness has continued to decline.

Between 2001 and 2011 the number of staffed beds for Forensic Psychiatry has increased from 137 to 254. Whilst for Adolescent Psychiatry the number of beds dropped from 48 in 2001 to 32 in 2004 and then increased to 36 in 2007 remaining static until 2010 when the number increased to 45. There has been a small drop to 44 beds in 2011. Whereas for General Psychiatry (mental illness) and Psychiatry of Old Age, there has been a steady decrease over time. The decrease was greatest for Psychiatry of Old Age falling from 3,992 beds in 2001 to 2,530 in 2011.

Over the same time period, the number of mental health Home Care clients had risen from 2,073 to 3,231 in 2009. The last two years have seen a decrease to 2,766 in 2011. The number of Home Care clients with dementia increased from 2,276 clients in 2001 to 3,671 in 2006, despite decreases in 2004 & 2005. Since 2006 there have been decreases each year to 3,358 clients in 2011. While the numbers of residents in Care Homes specialising in mental health has remained steady at around 1,200, until a large decrease in 2011 to 978 residents.


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1 - The figures include NHS beds/patients in joint-user and contractual hospitals.

2 - All NHS beds/patient data received by 30th August 2011

3 - 2001 - 2010 figures have been revised as some homes have been re-classified to different client groups.

4 - It is currently suspected that there is an under count of dementia clients and work is being done to confirm this.

Source: ISD Acute Hospital Care - Beds & Care Home Census, Scottish Government Health Analytical Services Division, Home Care Census.

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