Mental health nurses and police

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-07-17
Session date: 
July 17, 2013
Reference: 
2013/2754
Question By: 
Roger Evans
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

ACPO research demonstrates that police officers are losing more than an hour a day managing mental health incidents that should be dealt with by healthcare professionals. Would you consider replicating the new Department of Health scheme, whereby mental health nurses patrol with police officers in four pilot sites across the UK?

Answer

Answer for Mental health nurses and police

Answer for Mental health nurses and police

Answered By: 
The Mayor

MOPAC are taking the recommendations from The Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing chaired by Lord Adebowale seriously, and are keen that the learning and implementation of the 28 recommendations is shared amongst wider partners, including public health services.

MOPAC are in dialogue with the Department of Health and NHS England, London Region with a view to take forward the 'Street Triage Services' as part of the wider pilots currently running across the UK. Mental health is a serious issue for all public services.