The State Hospital Board for Scotland (SL)

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

To support the provision of sports & fitness activities. The Skye Centre Sports & Fitness Department provides a wide range of activities for patients including football, volleyball, general fitness sessions, inter-team competitions, fitness assessments & fitness advice. Patients participate in team or individual activities and are encouraged and supported to try new activities, work as a team and build confidence in their own abilities. The volunteer will provide input with the team of staff facilitating these activities.

The State Hospital is keen to identify opportunities to enhance service delivery, taking advantage of opportunities available via external funding where appropriate. Given the current financial constraints, the Hospital is experiencing significant financial challenges in relation to enhancing patient experience, where costs would be incurred out with the core service delivery budget. Opportunities have been identified across a range of services within the Hospital, particularly in relation to the range of patient activities available, and work streams supporting the Supporting Healthy Choices initiative. The role will require the volunteer to engage with patients, carers, staff and other volunteers, supported by the Person Centred Improvement team. Additionally, the volunteer will be asked to contribute to reports and, on occasion, attend a number of internal meetings, including the Person Centred Improvement Steering Group, and Patient Partnership Group. The Hospital works collaboratively with Forensic Network partners and other supporting organisations e.g. Health Improvement Scotland: Community Engagement, Volunteer Scotland, the volunteer may also be asked to contribute to presentations and attend external events which promote and share best practice.