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‘Mental Health Related’

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop on the 08th October 2018 at 20:09 - Posted in Police Blogs

For some while, it has been suggested that the police service need to define what they mean by an incident being ‘mental health related’. You know those claims you’ve heard may times about how X percent of police demand or police time is connected to mental health related jobs? … well, it’s always been true that we’ve never been entirely consistent or sure of what we’re counting. When I first ventured the 20% figure on this BLOG many years ago, I knew what I was counting: I’d been...
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Even More on ABD

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop on the 05th October 2018 at 19:43 - Posted in Police Blogs

Today the College of Paramedics produced their position statement on Acute Behavioural Disturbance and it adds weigh to those tomes I’ve previously pushed as authorities or resources on the subject. ABD continues to be a subject of debate, arising recently in another post I did during a pre-inquest hearing in Bournemouth in to the death of Mr Douglas Oak who was 35yrs old. In that matter, Dorset Police called for support from South West Ambulance Service after believing Mr Oak was suffering from...
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The Thankless Task

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop on the 27th September 2018 at 13:58 - Posted in Police Blogs

Have you ever been given a piece of work to do or faced some decision in your life where no matter what you do, you’ll be criticised? More than that: the vast majority of people will look at your decision and either criticise or comment that things could have been done differently?! I’ve spent many hours this year, especially over the Summer, in various meetings associated with the Mental Health Act review. In particular, I was recently in the Advisory Group to the Review, chaired by Professor...
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Not Enough of Something …

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop on the 23rd September 2018 at 8:06 - Posted in Police Blogs

We don’t have enough inpatient mental health beds in this country – but I might be very wrong about this, though! It is my opinion, that when we take account of the capacity and capability of the community, crisis and social care which is currently available, we don’t have enough beds. Solve that by increasing the community and crisis care by all means, so that there are alternative services for people who don’t inherently need admission, but who need more or different support as an alternative...
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ABD and the Ambulance Service

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop on the 22nd September 2018 at 9:25 - Posted in Police Blogs

I haven’t blogged for almost two months!  Various reasons – busy, on holiday, bored of saying the same thing over and over again … there are a few in the pipeline but I decided to put them all to one side to write this one, because the story animated me.   It concerns the concept of Acute Behavioural Disturbance, or ABD – it’s sometimes referred to as ‘acute behavioural disorder’, but the ‘disorder’ word tends to send certain doctors in to an intractable debate because of the...
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Justice Delayed, not Denied

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop on the 05th August 2018 at 9:16 - Posted in Police Blogs

On August 3rd 2018, Kaylsey Smithen was convicted of the manslaughter of his 46yr old mother, Janice, which took place in Birmingham more than six years earlier. This short post is a little bit of speculation on my part, based only on media reports of the legal process, but which seeks to outline why such a delay can occur and challenge again assumptions that professionals might make about serious mental illness being a barrier to criminal prosecution. You may remember this case if you follow me...
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A Safeguarding Call

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop on the 03rd August 2018 at 19:19 - Posted in Police Blogs

The recent conclusion of an inquest in to the death in 2016 of Mr Luke Leggatt in Canterbury has given rise to a social media debate amongst police officers about the East Kent Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s reaction to Coroner’s process. Mr Leggatt had been taken to the hospital by his brother after taking cocaine and having resisted assessment or any treatment for this, had left the hospital. The police were not called when he walked out and he  tragically died of a heart attack, caused...
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Telephone Triage

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop on the 25th July 2018 at 19:22 - Posted in Police Blogs

A curious thing appeared on the internet recently: a preventing future deaths report from the Warwickshire Coroner, which has been sent to the Chief Executive of Birmingham and Solihull’s Mental Health Trust (BSMHfT). It follows the death of a man by suicide, thirteen days after the BSMHfT street triage (ST) scheme had contacted with a man who ended his own life in a hotel. No details were given about why the contact with ST occured in the first place, but we know from the PFD report that it was...
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Acute Intoxication is a Mental Disorder

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop on the 06th July 2018 at 8:59 - Posted in Police Blogs

The longer I work on policing and mental health, the less frequently I experience certain things which used to hit me square in the face every time I went near the topic as a PC: a new piece of knowledge that leaves you entirely confused and thoroughly re-examining the paradigm you’re trying to get your head around. Having done a fair few talks over the years to professionals in policing and in mental health, I thought I had it fairly squared away in my head how to answer the questions that arise...
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Accountable to the Law, not the NHS

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop on the 05th July 2018 at 22:36 - Posted in Police Blogs

On 12th November 2013, I wrote a blog entitled ‘Here We Go Again‘, following the death of a vulnerable man in Bedfordshire who we now know was called Leon Briggs. His death is subject of an ongoing criminal inquiry, more than four and half years later and that means, regardless of what happens criminally, there is still a potential disciplinary process to come, certainly followed by a Coronial hearing to establish all the issues around Mr Briggs’s unexplained and unexpected death on 4th November...
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