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Ireland and Scotland - Psychiatric inpatient admission comparisons

As well as having rather similar histories of the development and building of psychiatric inpatient facilities, Ireland and Scotland share rather similar geographic features and populations. The estimated population of Scotland in 2007 was 5,144,200 and that of Ireland 4,339,000. Ireland had a new Mental Health Act in 2001 and Scotland in 2003. In addition both countries have delivered policy statements in 2006.                                         

The Irish Document A Vision for Change highlights the involvement of service users and carers in service development and delivery, a philosophy of recovery, the pursuance of community-based care through home care and assertive outreach initiatives involving multidisciplinary teams among other things.

The Scottish document Delivering for Mental Health underpins the vision for a healthier, more successful Scotland. This involves harnessing population and social inclusion approaches in reducing the number of people who develop mental illnesses and in addressing inequalities in mental health.

The information available on inpatient activity in the two countries is quite similar and allows for interesting comparisons.
                                                                                           
This paper will examine comparative data on admission, discharges and residents for the two jurisdictions and will highlight the differences between them. Irish data for the year 2006 will be examined while that of Scotland refers to the year ending the 31st March 2006.

The expected date of completion of the study is December 2009.   For more information please contact Antoinette Daly adaly(at)hrb.ie or telephone 01 2345142