Nurse praised for work on mental health


A mental health nurse who was instrumental in developing Eastbourne’s street triage service in partnership with Sussex Police has been recognised nationally for her efforts.

Christine Lockwood is general manager for acute services at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and has won December’s 6Cs in Action: Celebrating Excellence, which is an initiative run by NHS England and the Nursing Times.

Sussex was the first of four street triage pilot schemes to be set up by the Home Office and Department of Health, where mental health nurses accompany police officers to incidents requiring immediate specialist support to keep people out of custody.

Christine saw off tough competition from around the country to win December’s award for her commitment to improving outcomes for people experiencing mental health problems.

“I am really proud to be given this award,” she said. “I have been fortunate to work with an extremely dedicated and skilled team of nurses and police officers in this project.

“My experience as a nurse over many years is what drives me to make sure the new services we develop are focused on making sure the people we look after get the best service at a time of crisis.”

The scheme has resulted in a significant reduction in the number of people being detained in a police cell when they have not committed a crime.

Marie Batey, head of acute and lead for compassion in practice at NHS England said, “By going out on the beat with colleagues at Sussex Police they are able to help people, who might otherwise have ended up in custody, receive appropriate care and access to mental health services.”