Mental health matters

Staff at SAMH are continuing to support people’s mental health. 

John, a link worker from Aberdeen, makes time to call vulnerable local people to check on their wellbeing. John said: “In just a few short weeks, I have helped people to negotiate time off with their employer, sourced hearing aids for a woman who is hard of hearing and helped to rearrange non-essential health appointments. It feels good to know that I’ve been able to help these people during this difficult time.”


Noeleen, a support worker from Bearsden is registered blind. She’s been using her dressmaking skills to make facemasks for the people they support, as well as local staff.

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Joint inspection of services for children and young people in need of care and protection in South Lanarkshire

Inspectors have identified key strengths and areas for improvement in the way children and young people in need of care and protection are supported and cared for in South Lanarkshire.

The joint inspection of the South Lanarkshire community planning partnership area took place between August and December 2019 and was concluded prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Care Inspectorate leads joint inspections which focus on how well services worked together to improve the lives of children and young people who have experienced, or are at risk of, abuse and neglect, and those who are, or have been, looked after by the local authority. 

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Statement on Home Farm Care Home, Skye.

Press statement

A spokesperson for the Care Inspectorate said: "The court has decided to continue this matter for two weeks. 

"The Care Inspectorate is working closely with partners at NHS Highland and others to ensure people living at Home Farm experience safe care. 

"We have noted some improvement in the quality of care experienced by residents at the home. 

"However, the reason we have taken legal action is to ensure people continue to experience an improvement in their care. 

"As we made clear in court today, we are seeking assurances from the care provider alongside our partners at NHS Highland that improvements will be sustained. 

"We are monitoring the situation in Home Farm closely and will be visiting regularly to check on progress." 

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Care Inspectorate report to the Scottish Parliament on inspections.

The Care Inspectorate has laid before the Scottish Parliament a report of inspections it has carried out in care services in the past two weeks. 

The first of these new reports, to be laid before Parliament every two weeks, covers inspections completed between 27 May 2020 and 5 June 2020. 

In order to robustly assess the arrangements put in place by care services to respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Care Inspectorate inspections place a particular focus on infection prevention and control, personal protective equipment and staffing in care settings. 

This enables inspectors to focus on these areas while also considering the overall quality of care and impact on people’s wellbeing.  

The Parliamentary report is in addition to the normal process of publishing full inspection reports.   

For each care service inspected, inspection reports will be published by the Care Inspectorate in due course.

You can view the report here.

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Making memories at The View, Inverclyde

Gill Roxburgh, from The View, Inverclyde, told us that their young people are thriving,and relationships are stronger than ever. 

When speaking with Inspector Andrew, Gill said: “We have been extremely busy creating new positive memories to outweigh the negative ones.  So far, we are already seeing a massive difference in our young people’s confidence and the ways in which they are presenting themselves. Their relationships are even stronger than before, and we aim to build on this greatly. 

They’ve been busy bees indeed.  Over the last few weeks they have had obstacle courses, glamping, watching the meteors, art and crafts, outdoor cinema, disco dome, football comps, photoshoots, make up nights, FIFA competitions, races, lots of birthday parties (three birthdays in April) redecorating bedrooms, pool tournaments, bake offs, card games, board games, quiz nights and wrestling matches 

Last weekend they also had a festival weekend which was a roaring success.  Gill explained: “It was the Who cares? Scotland camp replacement. We made tie dye t shirts, had a Disney quiz, made pizzas, had many water fights and slip and slide contests along with a massive FIFA tournament on the projector.  We just need to put the dining room back together now!” 

Now that lockdown restrictions have eased slightly, they have set up an open-sided gazebo in the garden so that socially distanced family visits can happen safely.  Gill reports they are going well so far.  

Gill added: “We are in the process of putting together a lockdown photobook as a memento so the children can have a record of everything they have been up to.  We’ve been lucky. We are all fit and healthy and our families are the same. I think the challenge will be getting back to some kind of normality once this is all over and introducing different stressors back into our young people’s lives. 

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