‘Street triage’ mental health scheme awarded for excellence

unmarked ambulancesource: West Midlands Police
published: 12 June 2014

A ‘street triage’ pilot scheme involving police, the ambulance service and mental health service was recognised for its partnership working at an awards ceremony last night (11 June). Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust’s ‘Quality and Excellence’ awards recognised staff who have provided exceptional care to people who use their service.

West Midlands Police, along with West Midlands Ambulance Service and mental health colleagues, scooped second place in the ‘Working in Partnership’ category for their involvement in the successful mental health triage initiative.

The team, which has been running for six months, operates a car with a police officer, mental health nurse and paramedic, who respond to 999 calls to help people who need mental health care and provide them with the right support.

Chief Inspector Sean Russell said: “This collaborative approach in Birmingham and Solihull has already helped more than 1,100 people in the last 20 weeks; and has reduced the number of people being detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act by some 50 per cent.

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