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

Derek Barron, Chair of the Review

This independent review looked into how forensic mental health services are being delivered in hospitals, prisons and the community across Scotland. Forensic mental health services specialise in the assessment, treatment and risk management of people with a mental disorder who are currently undergoing, or have previously undergone, legal or court proceedings. It was a non-statutory review.

The review was announced in March 2019 by Clare Haughey, Minister for Mental Health in response to new developments and changes in the delivery of these services in recent years.  

Derek Barron, the Director of Care at Erskine (pictured above), was Chair of the Review. 

  • The review published its interim report in August 2020.  
  • The review concluded its work at the end of February 2021. Read its final report here.

To find out more about the work of the Review visit here.

If you wish to contact the review, please: 

Email: secretariat@forensicmentalhealthreview.scot





Featured consultations

Closed Consultations

  • Review's Interim Report - What People Told Us

    In August 2020, the review published an interim report summarising the evidence it gathered between September 2019 and March 2020. You can comment on this report here. The review’s scope is wide ranging. The full list of issues the review has been asked to consider is... More

    Closed 31 October 2020

  • 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 103 responses. 56 were from organisations. 14 were from individuals who had experience of receiving forensic mental health services or who wanted access to them. 15 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 looked through all the evidence that was provided to the review to identify the key themes and issues that people told us about. We published a summary of the evidence as an interim report which you can read here.

People were able to submit any comments on this report here until October 31st 2020.

The Chair used the evidence that people submitted to consider recommendations for changes to Scotland’s forensic mental health system.

He published these recommendations in his final report in February 2021. This report can be read here