Mental health and policing: improving crisis care

Authors:
NHS CONFEDERATION. Mental Health Network, ASSOCIATION OF CHIEF POLICE OFFICERS
Publisher:
NHS Confederation. Mental Health Network
Publication year:
2015
Pagination:
12
Place of publication:
London

This briefing highlights some of the emerging good practice between the police and mental health providers to deliver improved care for people in mental health crisis. It demonstrates that by focusing on early intervention, partnership working can substantially reduce the number of people being subjected to mental health legislation. Benefits include: less distress for service users; better use of professional skill mix; cost savings for police, healthcare and local authority services; and improved signposting and provision of appropriate interventions for individuals. The briefing makes a number of recommendations, including: more work needs to be done to support multiagency information sharing on the front line; NHS commissioners need to work with providers to ensure there are sufficient health-based places of safety to meet local demand; commissioners need to ensure that sufficient services are in place for 24/7 provision to meet local need; the formal evaluation of the triage pilots should outline the key considerations for implementing different models of triage across different populations and demographics; and the outcome of the Home Office pilot should inform the role the voluntary sector can play in providing alternative places of safety for individuals in crisis. (Edited publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
mental health problems, crisis intervention, police, case studies, good practice, integrated services, early intervention;
Content type:
research review
Location(s):
England
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Series name:
Briefing
Series no:
279

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