Welcome to the Independent Review into the Delivery of Forensic Mental Health Services

Derek Barron, Chair of the Review



As Chair of the review, I have - with the agreement of the  Minister for Mental Health - suspended the work of this review as of Friday 27 March 2020. 

In my core role as the Director of Nursing Care at Erskine, my priority at this time is to fully focus on the safety and wellbeing of our residents and staff during this global pandemic.  

The suspension will also allow the review’s working group members to focus on the critical work they are doing to support and deliver forensic mental health services in Scotland at this time. 

On behalf of myself as Chair and the team, I would like to thank everyone who responded to the call for evidence and/or who took the time to share their experiences during the visits and meetings the review has had so far. 

The review will recommence its work in mid-July. 

Last update: 19 June 2020 


This is an independent Review into the delivery of forensic mental health services in Scotland. To find out more visit here.

Derek Barron, the Director of Care at Erskine (pictured above) is leading the Review and wants to hear about your experience of forensic mental health services.

Our call for evidence ran from Monday 14 October 2019 until Friday 31st January 2020. Information about the call for evidence can still be accessed here

Email: secretariat@forensicmentalhealthreview.scot

Any emails sent to the review while its work is suspended will be dealt with when the review returns to its work. 



Closed Consultations

  • Call for evidence

    This public call for evidence is being made to help inform the Independent Review into the Delivery of Forensic Mental Health Services. The Review has been asked to look at the delivery of forensic mental health services across hospital, criminal justice and community settings in Scotland. ... More

    Closed 31 January 2020

We Asked, You Said, We Did

See what we've consulted on.

We Asked

We asked to hear people's views and experiences of Scotland's forensic mental health services. 

You Said

We received 105 responses. 57 were from organisations. 14 were from individuals who had experience of receiving forensic mental health services or who wanted access to them. 16 were from individuals supporting people who had experience of the services or who they felt should have access to them. 15 were from individual staff members working in forensic mental health services. 3 were received from interested individuals.  

We received over 200 other pieces of written evidence. 

As not everyone wanted, or was able to respond in writing, we did a series of visits to secure hospital wards and units to gather the voice of lived experience and operational staff. During these visits we spoke to nearly 300 people and collected their views. 

We Did

We are currently looking through all the evidence that has been provided to the review to identify the key themes and issues. Updates on this work will appear here.