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Medical staff to help police with mental health cases

By Tim Sandle     Jul 4, 2013 in Health
London - The U.K. government has embarked upon a new scheme where trained nurses will assist police officers attending to mental health emergencies.
The basis of the new project is that trained mental health nurses will accompany officers to incidents where police believe people need immediate mental health support. This follows a series of incidents where the police have been criticized for not providing sufficient support.
The Daily Mirror cites the case of former boxing champion Frank Bruno, who had a well-publicized public breakdown, as support for the plan.
The use of trained mental health nurses is designed to ensure that members of the public receive the care they need. A pilot study was run in Cleveland and Leicestershire and the results were deemed to be successful. The new scheme, dubbed The Street Triage Scheme, will be tested out at four pilot sites - North Yorkshire, Devon and Cornwall, Sussex and Derbyshire, starting in July 2013.
The new measures have been announced by the British government. Funding will come from the Department of Health.
Speaking about the initiative, Care and Support minister Norman Lamb said in a government statement: "We are launching these pilots to make sure that people with mental health issues get the right care, at the right time and in the right place."
Another government minister, Damian Green, who is responsible for policing and criminal justice minister, also had an opinion and he said to the Daily Express: “All too often the police encounter vulnerable people with mental health issues who need immediate care or longer-term support which only the health service can provide.”
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