Shop
   

Show:   All  Police  Ambulance  Fire  Military

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...
Continues, click Read More.

Read more Go!

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...
Continues, click Read More.

Read more Go!

Exacerbating Tensions

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop on the 30th June 2018 at 11:27 - Posted in Police Blogs

I’ve had to ask myself recently whether I’m guilty of potentially exacerbating tensions or conflict between the police and mental health services, after a number of suggestions on social media and elsewhere that this is the effect of what I am doing. It didn’t take long to work out that this is precisely what I am deliberately doing, on just some occasions. I would argue this is of necessity, other options being unavailable or unacceptable. In addition to thinking that the management of mental...
Continues, click Read More.

Read more Go!

CarePlan: Call the Police!

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop on the 28th June 2018 at 9:18 - Posted in Police Blogs

We are hearing stories on social media at the moment, of patients who claim they were told to ‘call the police’ when they have contacted their community or crisis team for support as they recognise they are becoming unwell or at a difficult point. We also know, on some occasions, a patient’s formal CarePlan for crisis is to ‘call the police’ as the first resort. I fully understand, as pointed out by a mental health nurse on Twitter last night, that we have no way of knowing whether patients...
Continues, click Read More.

Read more Go!

Twenty Four Hours in Police Custody

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop on the 26th June 2018 at 9:44 - Posted in Police Blogs

Last night’s episode was a belter wasn’t it? … see Channel 4 ‘catch up’ on the internet, if you missed it: 10pm on 25th June.  It was right up my alley – Nyaar St Juste rang the police telling them to come with shovels because there was a body in a garden. Upon arrival officers arrested him because he had failed to turn up to Luton Crown Court the day before and whilst he was in custody he was interviewed, not as a suspect, about the call he made regarding the body in the garden. Police...
Continues, click Read More.

Read more Go!

Let’s Do The Maths

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop on the 17th June 2018 at 16:31 - Posted in Police Blogs

Look back to when I joined the police are you’ll see that crime levels, measured either by police recorded crime or by the British Crime Survey, were much higher – but if you look at statistics on use of s136 of the Mental Health Act, the quality of them has not always been great, but what we do know, is they’ve mainly just increased year on year, from the first proper attempt at detailed stats in 2007, by the IPCC (as they were then called). 2007 = 18,500 detentions under s136, of which 65%...
Continues, click Read More.

Read more Go!

Capacity for What?!

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop on the 13th June 2018 at 14:49 - Posted in Police Blogs

It’s rearing its head again: whether or not somebody has the ‘capacity’ to be a victim or ‘capacity’ to be a suspect. One thing that promotes a blog post is a conversation with someone who is noticing a particular problem and today’s post is an example of that: an inspector who has been reviewing crime reports and crime recording standards, wondering if sometimes the police are too quick to try to latch on to misunderstood ideas of ‘capacity’, as a quick proxy for whether to record...
Continues, click Read More.

Read more Go!

The Forensic Route

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop on the 10th June 2018 at 20:01 - Posted in Police Blogs

When we hear mental health professionals talking about someone going ‘down the forensic route’, they mean a patient with healthcare needs being managed under Part III of the Mental Health Act 1983. This Part of the Act includes all those sections from 35 to 55 and it covers a range of provisions for the criminal courts and the Ministry of Justice to manage those offenders who are thought to be seriously mentally ill and in need of treatment, whilst their case progresses through the criminal justice...
Continues, click Read More.

Read more Go!

Attention to Detail

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop on the 03rd June 2018 at 11:08 - Posted in Police Blogs

Last year, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published their Standards on the Mental Health of Adults in the Criminal Justice System. This involved NICE reviewing the best available evidence and practice around the contact that vulnerable adults have with the criminal justice system. Subsequently, NICE published what they call a ‘quality standard‘ – this is the subject of a comment piece in the recently published issue of Progress in Neurology and Psychiatry (volume...
Continues, click Read More.

Read more Go!

My Health and Yours

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop on the 20th May 2018 at 9:25 - Posted in Police Blogs

My healthcare, and that of my family and friends, is absolutely none of your business. None whatsoever, with all due respect! Yours is none of mine and I’m only professionally interested in a very limited and particular way. I’ve been asked a few times whether I’m interested in this area of policing because I have personal experience of mental health problems, or perhaps via a good friend or relative? That’s none of your business, as I’ve said. This reply should not be used to construe...
Continues, click Read More.

Read more Go!