Scottish public health minister praises the contribution of clinical psychology

A minister in the Holyrood government has spoken of the important part that evidence-based psychology interventions will play in implementing Scotland’s new mental health strategy.

Michael Matheson, minister for public health in the Scottish government, said:

“I am delighted to have been invited to speak at the British Psychological Society conference. In Scotland we can rightly be proud of what we have collectively achieved in the field of mental health, however, challenges still remain. In our new Mental Health Strategy we identify one of the key change areas as rethinking how we respond to common mental health problems. The application of evidence based clinical psychology interventions will play an important part in this, particularly in meeting our commitment to deliver faster access to psychological therapies.”

Mr Matheson will be speaking at a conference of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) – Scotland, which is being held at the Surgeons’ Hall in Edinburgh today (Tuesday 23 October).

The conference, which is organised jointly with NHS Education for Scotland, is being held to promote the use of evidence-based psychological interventions in the health service and will bring together senior members of the profession of clinical psychology.

The keynote speakers at the event are:

  • Professor Steve Pilling – The relevance of research to clinical practice
  • Professor Tony Roth – Putting evidence into practice: Therapist competence and competence frameworks
  • Professor Kate Davidson – Developing the Matrix for the psychological therapies target

Dr Belinda Hacking, the Chair of DCP Scotland says:

“I am delighted to organise this conference jointly with NHS Education for Scotland. This is an important opportunity for us to highlight the scope of psychological interventions and how we can deliver on the Mental Health Strategy for Scotland.”