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Scottish Mental Health Service for Deaf People

This service is commissioned by National Services Division, NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) on behalf of all 14 NHS Boards in Scotland. The service is hosted by NHS Lothian and more information can be obtained from their website.

While individual’s care, treatment and support will remain the responsibility of NHS Boards, the service offers specialist advice to local mental health teams and specialist support in assessment and treatment. This support includes providing British Sign Language, technological resources, education packages and training for healthcare professionals – all available in order to help continue to improve communication and service responsiveness.

Scottish Government CEL 18 (2011) contains further information on this service, the patient pathway for this service and for specialist in-patient services.