This report is one of the first batch of local visit reports to be published by the Mental Welfare Commission and I welcome the commission's decision to do this.
The commission requires a response to the report's recommendations within three months of the date of the report. It is my expectation that all of the recommendations will be addressed in full.
It is the responsibility of NHS boards to plan for the services that meet the needs of the people in their area. Due to the very small numbers of female forensic patients and the high level of specialism required to care for and treat the patients, it is often clinically safer and more appropriate to provide services on a regional or national basis.
NHSScotland forensic medium secure inpatient services are provided on a regional basis, with three medium secure units: Rowanbank in Glasgow serving the west of Scotland, the Orchard Clinic in Edinburgh serving the east of Scotland and Rohallion in Perth serving the north of Scotland. Women who require conditions of medium security are admitted to either the Orchard Clinic or Rowanbank.
Provision of low secure forensic beds is the responsibility of NHS boards. It is the responsibility of the NHS board to ensure that if a women is admitted to a non-specialist ward such as Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit that their care and treatment is appropriate to their needs.