§ Mr. Alfred Morris
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many occupational therapists are employed by each local authority social services department in Scotland ; how many such employees work principally in day centres for the physically handicapped ; how many are attached to social work teams for the purpose of domiciliary visits ; what steps he is taking to encourage local authorities to increase their establishments for occupational therapists ; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Gordon Campbell
The numbers of occupational therapists employed by local authority social work departments at 31st December 1972 are set out in the tables below. The use of occupational therapists in social work departments has increased substantially in recent years. Local authorities have been asked to draw up proposals for the development of the social work services up to 1978, including forecasts of their needs for the services of occupational therapists.
Occupational Therapists—Area Teams or Headquarters Counties Whole-time equivalent Aberdeen and Kincardine 2 Argyll 1.6 Ayr 4 Banff 1 Caithness 0.25 Dunbarton 2 Fife 1 Lanark 5 Midlothian, East Lothian and Peebles 6 Moray and Nairn 1.5 Orkney 1 Perth and Kinross 2 Renfrew 2 Roxburgh 0.75 Stirling 1 West Lothian 2 Burghs Aberdeen 1 Airdrie 1 Clydebank – Dunfermline – East Kilbride 3
Falkirk 1 Glasgow 9 Paisley 2 Perth 0.4 Occupational Therapists—Day Centres Counties Aberdeen and Kincardine 1 Clackmannan 1 Moray and Nairn 1 Roxburgh 1 Zetland 0.25 Burghs Aberdeen 1 Dumbarton 1 East Kilbride 2 Glasgow 1 Greenock and Port Glasgow 3