The State Hospital Board for Scotland

The State Hospital is a national resource which provide special security for mentally disordered offenders. The catchment area we cover is the whole of Scotland and Northern Ireland, which makes travelling difficult for some of the relatives. Some patients have no visitors at all and given that the length of stay (on average) is 6.5 years, this can have a significant impact on the patients.

Current opportunities

The State Hospital is keen to identify opportunities to enhance service deliver; taking advantage of opportunities available via external funding where appropriate and given the current financial constraints, the hospital is experiencing significant financial challenges in relation to enhancing patients' experiences. As a volunteer you will help provide support to access and secure additional funding through grants, bursaries, charitable donations etc. and help engage with patients, carers, staff and other volunteers, supported by the Involvement and Equality Team. Additionally, volunteers will be asked to contribute to reports and on occasion, attend a number of internal meetings including the Involvement and Equality Steering Group, Support Healthy Choices Implementation Group, and Patient Partnership Group. Volunteers may also be asked to contribute to presentations and attend external events which promote and share best practices. The hospital works collaboratively with Forensic Network partners and other supporting organisations e.g. Health Improvement Scotland, Scottish Health Council and Volunteer Scotland.

The State Hospital Board for Scotland are looking for an individual with experience of using British Sign Language (BSL) to help support the provision of activities for patients using BSL within the Skye Centre which offers various activities such as animal assisted therapy, horticulture, sports and fitness, arts and crafts, education, library, shop, cafe and social events. The volunteer would work in conjunction with a range of staff to provide support to patients who use BSL who may be admitted to the hospital. The State Hospital is one of four high secure psychiatric hospitals in the UK, located in South Lanarkshire. The principal aim is to rehabilitate patients all of whom are detained in the hospital under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act (2003).