Pledge to improve mental health crisis care supported by Crime Commissioner

Bournemouth Echo: Commissioner hails landmark mental health initiative Commissioner hails landmark mental health initiative

A PLEDGE to improve crisis care for people with mental health problems and stop them from being locked up in police cells has been supported by Dorset's Police Crime Commissioner.

The Mental Health Concordat, unveiled today, is an agreement between police, mental health trusts and paramedics stating that police custody should not be used because mental health services are not available.

Statistics show that 36 per cent of people sectioned under the Mental Health Act are placed in police cells, but the pledge challenges local services to ensure that services are always available for patients who need them urgently.

Dorset PCC Martyn Underhill said that he welcomes the multi-agency agreement, which has been signed by a number of national organisations.

“Police and Crime Commissioners have led a vigorous campaign to ensure that detainees and victims of crime with mental health problems receive the right care, at the right time and in the right place,” he added.

“In Dorset, in keeping with several other areas of the country, we have a pilot street triage scheme to improve mental health care for those in crisis launching in a few weeks' time. We also have a Liaison and Diversion pilot in our custody suites.”

Health officials said they hope that the agreement will half the number of people inappropriately detained in police cells by next year after it was revealed 8,667 people were detained in England in 2011/12.

Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb said: “When someone has a mental health crisis, it is distressing and frightening for them as well as the people around them.

“Urgent and compassionate care in a safe place is essential - a police cell should never need to be used because mental health services are not available.”

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12:16am Tue 18 Feb 14

cheeriedriteup says...

How about more powers to protect the staff that are trying to rehabilate or look after the people within mental health issues !!
How about more powers to protect the staff that are trying to rehabilate or look after the people within mental health issues !! cheeriedriteup

2:45am Tue 18 Feb 14

portia6 says...

No one is immune from problems in this day and age its finding ways to
manage the stress which can be reduced if there is support from family
members ideally.
No one is immune from problems in this day and age its finding ways to manage the stress which can be reduced if there is support from family members ideally. portia6

6:08am Tue 18 Feb 14

manyogie says...

Yeee Hawww
The Sherrif`s found another bandwagon to ride on!
Yeee Hawww The Sherrif`s found another bandwagon to ride on! manyogie

6:35am Tue 18 Feb 14

emma_barnes says...

manyogie wrote:
Yeee Hawww
The Sherrif`s found another bandwagon to ride on!
This "bandwagon" is exactly the sort of thing Martyn should focus on . It is one of the main reasons that police are distracted from their prime role in dealing with crime . They often have to take persons suffering a mental episode to custody as a hospital does not have a resource to deal. Also they spend time searching for those who have gone missing from hospital as they waited some 4 hours to be seen but leave before assessment. The hospital then report them as a medical concern causing many officers to search.
[quote][p][bold]manyogie[/bold] wrote: Yeee Hawww The Sherrif`s found another bandwagon to ride on![/p][/quote]This "bandwagon" is exactly the sort of thing Martyn should focus on . It is one of the main reasons that police are distracted from their prime role in dealing with crime . They often have to take persons suffering a mental episode to custody as a hospital does not have a resource to deal. Also they spend time searching for those who have gone missing from hospital as they waited some 4 hours to be seen but leave before assessment. The hospital then report them as a medical concern causing many officers to search. emma_barnes

6:45am Tue 18 Feb 14

emma_barnes says...

http://www.theguardi
an.com/society/2014/
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http://www.theguardi an.com/society/2014/ feb/18/police-cells- mental-health-detent ions?CMP=twt_gu emma_barnes

7:34am Tue 18 Feb 14

arthur1948 says...

The most underfunded part of the NHS.....
The most underfunded part of the NHS..... arthur1948

7:57am Tue 18 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

7 years ago an RMN from St Anne's was based at Bournemouth police station to assess mental health issues .As that service been withdrawn,and reinvented by the commissioner?
7 years ago an RMN from St Anne's was based at Bournemouth police station to assess mental health issues .As that service been withdrawn,and reinvented by the commissioner? kalebmoledirt

10:35am Tue 18 Feb 14

nosuchluck54 says...

manyogie wrote:
Yeee Hawww
The Sherrif`s found another bandwagon to ride on!
Half term is here I see.
[quote][p][bold]manyogie[/bold] wrote: Yeee Hawww The Sherrif`s found another bandwagon to ride on![/p][/quote]Half term is here I see. nosuchluck54

1:21pm Tue 18 Feb 14

cycle commuter says...

Good in principle and a step forward, but if there are no MH beds available, where are they going to go?
Good in principle and a step forward, but if there are no MH beds available, where are they going to go? cycle commuter

5:24pm Tue 18 Feb 14

simcal says...

cheeriedriteup wrote:
How about more powers to protect the staff that are trying to rehabilate or look after the people within mental health issues !!
Have you ever been inside a mental health hospital.? The staff have personal alarms and the first sign of trouble 4 or more will come running to restrain the patient. Staff and management have robust procedures in place for all situations. Now go away and stop perpetuating the myth that most people with mental health problems are dangerous.
[quote][p][bold]cheeriedriteup[/bold] wrote: How about more powers to protect the staff that are trying to rehabilate or look after the people within mental health issues !![/p][/quote]Have you ever been inside a mental health hospital.? The staff have personal alarms and the first sign of trouble 4 or more will come running to restrain the patient. Staff and management have robust procedures in place for all situations. Now go away and stop perpetuating the myth that most people with mental health problems are dangerous. simcal

5:26pm Tue 18 Feb 14

simcal says...

Iff the crisis team were not under so much pressure then many of the poor souls could have intervention in the community before it becomes a police issue.
Iff the crisis team were not under so much pressure then many of the poor souls could have intervention in the community before it becomes a police issue. simcal

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