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. The review published a summary of the evidence it had received as an interim report in August 2020. Comments on this report, were able to be submitted here until 31 October 2020. 

The review is now considering any recommendations for change that it will make based on the evidence that it has gathered. It 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 



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.

If you have any comments on this report, you can submit them here until October 31st 2020.

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

The review is expected to publish its final report in January 2020.