Mental health services come under spotlight

A police and health service scheme to help people facing mental crisis in Eastbourne, a 'Street Triage' was revealed at Hammonds Drive Police Centre. (L to R): Vincent Badu Strategic Director for Social Care and Partnerships at Sussex Partnership NHS Trust, crew nurse Carl Ellis, Katy Bourne Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, crew driver P.C. Chris Yabsley and Sussex Deputy Chief Constable Giles York, with the unmarked car the crews use. December 19th 2013 E51046P ENGSUS00120131219170034
A police and health service scheme to help people facing mental crisis in Eastbourne, a 'Street Triage' was revealed at Hammonds Drive Police Centre. (L to R): Vincent Badu Strategic Director for Social Care and Partnerships at Sussex Partnership NHS Trust, crew nurse Carl Ellis, Katy Bourne Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, crew driver P.C. Chris Yabsley and Sussex Deputy Chief Constable Giles York, with the unmarked car the crews use. December 19th 2013 E51046P ENGSUS00120131219170034
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Police, the NHS, the Home Office, local authorities and the world of academia came together to tackle the county’s mental health crisis.

A symposium, hosted by the University of Brighton, saw Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust staff joining together with police, mental health professionals, researchers, the Home Office, the ambulance service, local authority staff and others. The event was to make future plans about how to join up mental health care and make sure people get the treatment they need.

Marian Trendell, head of social care at Sussex Partnership said, “There are so many agencies who spend time and money working to support people with mental health problems. It’s not just an issue for mental health services or the NHS but it affects us all. This symposium wasn’t a talking shop but was about coming up with real plans to make a difference to people in crisis.”

On the day the group heard the results of the latest research by the University of Brighton, they discussed the street triage project, a project in Eastbourne which sees mental health nurses join police on the beat, heard from police forces in other areas of the country about what they’re doing and the ambulance service about the part they play. The Home Office detailed latest work to make mental health top of the agenda.

Chief Constable Giles York from Sussex Police said, “I find days like this really exciting because I see different people from different organisations sitting next to each other.

“No one organisation holds the whole key to this because it’s difficult stuff. What this is about is getting better at treating people as people and getting to the bottom of what they need now.”