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Scott Kane qualified as a Mental Health Nurse in 1991 and has experience in acute, long-term rehabilitation, and old age psychiatry settings. For the past 25 years he was lead clinical nurse specialist in liaison psychiatry at NHS Tayside until his recent retirement. This role primarily focused on the assessment and care/support of people following an episode of self-harm or attempted suicide.

Scott has wide educational experience, having developed an evidence-informed psycho-educational group programme for people who frequently self-harm, and having taught nursing and medical professionals on a wide range of mental health-related issues. He has served as Associate Lecturer (University of Dundee) and Clinical Academic Lecturer (University of Abertay), providing education for students carrying out diploma, degree and post-graduate studies in mental health disciplines. He has also developed/delivered post-graduate MSc modules in Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapy and Crisis Intervention.

Scott served as an active member of several Scottish Government initiatives relating to suicide prevention, in particular developing and delivering the Suicide Intervention and Prevention Programme throughout Tayside which was approved by NHS Scotland and proved to be a significant contributory factor in NHS Tayside achieving Scottish Government HEAT targets.

He is professionally bereaved by suicide and understands the intense psychological impact suicide can have from a clinician’s perspective.


  • Registered Mental Health Nurse
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapy
  • MSc in Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapy
  • PG Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education



  • Deliberate Self-Harm Services Planning Group 1996-2021
  • Confidance 2007-2008
  • Scottish Psychiatric Liaison Nurses Forum 2003-2005   
  • Friends of Liff Committee 1995-1999   


  • Scottish Office, National Medical Advisory Committee 1996-1997              
  • Scottish Executive, Scottish Needs Assessment Programme 2001-2002           
  • Choose Life Steering Group 2004-2011             
  • Assistant Clinical Editor – Skills for Nurses Journal 2008 – 2012            
  • Scottish Government, Choose Life Review Team 2010-2011  

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Membership of Professional Bodies

  • British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
  • Mental Health Nurses Association
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council

Academic Papers

  • Dick P, Durham T, Stewart M,
  • Kane S & Duffy, J (2003). Care Programme Approach – documentation of past risk-related behaviour Psychiatric Bulletin 27: 298-300.
  • Kane S (2004). Interviewing and ambivalence Mental Health Nursing 24:2:16-18.
  • Kane S (2006). Therapeutic factors in group psychotherapy Scottish Nurse 10:7:34-36. Kane S (2006). Facilitator competencies in group psychotherapy Scottish Nurse 10:7:44-46.
  • Brown R & Kane S (2008). Understanding the risk factors for suicide. Nursing in Practice (May/June).
  • Dale R, Power K, Kane S, Mitchell Stewart A & Murray L (2010). The role of parental bonding and early maladaptive schemas in the risk of suicidal behaviour repetition Archives of Suicide Research 14:311–328.