I received a letter today, from Roseanne Fearon, Head of Adults and Older People's Services, Social Work, Fife Council, in response to my FOI (freedom of information) request for information about the moving out of medium and long stay psychiatric patients from Stratheden Hospital, Fife.
A Fife Health and Social Care Partnership agenda, on
19 November 2010, entitled "Discharge
Programme at Stratheden Hospital (Mental Health Service)" mentions a sum of £1,403,929 to be transferred to Fife Council
to "successfully progress discharge from hospital to community based
services based on person centred planning and community centred planning".
Here is another agenda from the Partnership meeting on 24 November 2011 entitled "Stratheden
Hospital: Rehabilitation Service Redesign", where it says "If
individuals are not discharged there is a risk that Fife Council Social Work
Service and NHS Fife will not meet statutory duties in relation to NHS and
Community Care Act 1990 and Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act
2003, and individuals ready for discharge will remain delayed in hospital." and that "To date, two people have been discharged as part of this service redesign programme.".
It's now 2 years later and I continue to hear from long-stay patients at Stratheden that their needs are not being met in terms of their discharge preferences, in addition to the ongoing issues at the Circles Network managed Fife advocacy project. Here is a copy of my questions and the council's response: