Mental health nurses in police stations

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/1321
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

It has been announced by the government that mental health nurses will be stationed at nearly 50 police stations across England and Wales by April 2014 in Liaison and Diversion schemes, including in London. Which police stations will be trialling this approach in London? Could this approach, if successful, be rolled out in London in advance of the planned national roll out in 2017?

Answer

Answer for Mental health nurses in police stations

Answer for Mental health nurses in police stations

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Mental health nurses will be stationed in police stations in the following boroughs as part of the London trial: Camden, Islington, Haringey, Barnet, Enfield, Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Newham, Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Waltham Forest.

There are existing schemes in all other police stations in London except Wembley and Harrow, although the hours of operation are not as extensive in these stations as in the trial sites.  NHS England (London) plans to extend coverage to Wembley and Harrow during 2014/15.

The pilot will to test out a new model in Liaison and Diversion services to ensure the quality of services are consistent, effective and importantly help to reduce offending and reoffending and I would want study the evidence before extending the scheme.