The Scottish NHS Mindfulness supports and co-ordinates the delivery of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction for patients and staff. It is particularly focused on people suffering recurrent depression but also offers courses for people with chronic pain, anxiety and other conditions. It is linked in to NHS Education for Scotland, who have funded it for the past few years, enabling us to have a national strategy of MBCT delivery in the Scottish NHS.

There Network consists of:

  • 2 National Co-ordinators (Neil Rothwell and Vee Freir)
  • 1 or 2 Leads for each of the 11 mainland Health Boards (HBs)
  • A National Network day meeting 3 times a year, with 2 reps from each HB.
  • Most HBs have their own trainers who run Teacher Development Courses for staff

In 2016, there were 75 active teachers who ran 98  8-week courses for 833 patients and 308 staff (1141 participants total).


  • Has an evidence base for clients with severe problems
    • with good long-term outcomes
  • Is a complex intervention which require a high level of skill to deliver to patients
  • Works best when integrated into a core service
  • Can reduce waiting times
    • 3 patients can be treated with MBCT for every 1 given individual therapy.


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