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

Derek Barron, Chair of the Review

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

The review was suspended from March to mid-July to allow the Chair to focus on the safety and wellbeing of Erskine's residents and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also allowed 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.

The review team returned to work on 20 July to consider the evidence that has been received. 

The review was originally expected to report by June 2020. Given the suspension of the review’s work from March to mid-July 2020, this has not been possible. The review now expects to report in January 2021. 

If you wish to contact the review, please: 

Email: secretariat@forensicmentalhealthreview.scot

Phone0131 244 8070 



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 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 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.