NHS Dumfries & Galloway

Mental Health Division

There are so many great reasons to come and work for us, and on this page, you will find out more about some of the individual Mental Health teams across NHS Dumfries & Galloway.  Each division within our Health Board has a dedicated Manager which allows for excellent lines of communication for our different teams.

The Mental Health Service provides assessment and ongoing care for people across the region with mental disorders and mental health needs associated with increased risks; significant impairment to functioning and/or complex problems and who may have significant difficulties engaging in support and treatment.

The Service comprises professionals from a range of disciplines who work together to deliver comprehensive care that addresses individual needs. These professionals work within a range of teams/services. Each of these teams/services share the same NHS values, working to service objectives, and promoting collaborative, coordinated, person-centred care. These teams/services include:

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Key Features of Mental Health Services

Find out more about some of our teams/services

Please note that there are further services within the Mental Health division that are not listed below.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Our Child and Adolescent Mental Health service sits under the Women, Children and Sexual Health Directorate. For information on CAMHS, please click here. 

Mental Health AHP Service

The Mental Health Allied Health Profession service covers the whole region of Dumfries and Galloway, services include: Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Dietetics and Speech & Language Therapy. As a small specialist team we are in the fortunate position to be able to work closely with a wide variety of teams across a wide variety of clinical and specialist areas. Staff have opportunities to develop their clinical knowledge and skills across many fields of practice from acute inpatients, to rehabilitation, to Intellectual disabilities to Specialist, Drug and Alcohol, Dementia and Community Mental Health. Although we cover a wide geographical area, specialist teams tend to be small and this is great for collaborative working and getting to know your colleagues across nursing, medical, psychological, AHP, and wider community and third sector teams. We are seen as integral team members and play key roles in wider service delivery. Please click here to view our AHP Division page for more information on AHP services.

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“I started as an Mental Health OT with NHS D&G in January 2021.  I have been delighted that the staff team were so welcoming and friendly right from day 1! Very quickly I’ve been booked onto OT courses (such as AMPS) and I’m thrilled that the department are so forward thinking and proactive in training their new staff.”
Mental Health Occupational Therapist

Psychological Services

Based at Mountainhall Treatment Centre we are a friendly, dynamic team, offering high quality, effective, evidence-based psychological input to a wide range of services, across all ages, across the region. We work closely with our colleagues in the Mental Health Directorate and with a wide range of staff and teams across health and social care.

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Specialist Drugs & Alcohol

The NHS Specialist Drug & Alcohol Service provides a Dumfries and Galloway region wide service, with 2 bases; one in Dumfries at Lochfield Road Primary Care Centre and one at Newton Stewart at Masonfield Health Centre, however staff also work throughout the region at various GP surgeries. The Service operates a “harm reduction” and “recovery focused” model to treating Service Users with drug and alcohol related problems. The Service aims to provide a gold standard specialist service that is Safe, Effective and Recovery Focused with the Service User at the centre. Staff develop knowledge and skills to meet the needs of service users with multiple co-morbidities including addiction, mental and physical health problems.

The Service has a range of staff including a Consultant Psychiatrist, Mental Health and General Adult nursing staff, Specialist Pharmacists, a Specialist Occupational Therapist, 2 CBT Therapists, 2 Motivational Interviewing National Coaches, a trainee Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Non Medical Prescribers, an Assertive Outreach Specialist Nurse, Drug and Alcohol Liaison Team, an Associate Practitioner, Health Care Support Workers, a Drug Outreach Worker and service administration staff.

The Specialist Drug and Alcohol Service offers the following services:

  • Alcohol detoxification
  • Support with alcohol reduction
  • Opiate replacement therapy /Medication Assisted Treatment
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Mental health support
  • Non Medical Prescribing for alcohol and drug pharmacotherapy
  • Consultant led Alcohol Review Clinic
  • Shared care with local GP practices
  • Assertive Outreach provision
  • Drug and Alcohol Liaison Service for inpatients at DGRI, Galloway Community Hospital and Midpark Hospital
  • Weekend Liaison service cover
  • The Service provides ease of access for Service Users to BBV testing, vaccination and treatment
  • General health checks

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Hear from our staff...

What do you like most about living in Dumfries and Galloway?

“I like the access to the outdoors, particularly areas of less explored dynamic landscapes such as the Galloway Forest Park and Galloway hills, nature reserves, Solway coast. It is also close to Wanlockhead – Scotland’s highest village, historical sites and good for winter sports and hiking”
Community Addictions Staff Nurse

“I like the wildlife, the countryside – hills, forests, sea shore and the vast array of hobbies available with vibrant communities and varied cultural events all year round”
Mental Health Nurse Specialist Addictions

What do you feel are the best things about working for our service?

“The staff are knowledgeable, experienced, supportive and friendly and there are excellent facilities at Lochfield road”
Mental Health Nurse Specialist Addictions.