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  1. Overstretched officers are having to act as a last line of defence Is it time to say enough is enough? https://amp.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/29/police-force-cuts-mental-health An interesting point here: “Now consider the people we cannot identify and quantify – the callers who couldn’t get through because the police were busy dealing with those 8,655 calls. What if they too were vulnerable, and some almost certainly were? What if they came to significant harm or even died – and they may have? Where was our duty of care to them?”
  2. POLICE officers and staff "failed in their duties and responsibilities" after a vulnerable woman was found dead almost 17 hours after her social worker raised concerns about her. https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/16960773.police-found-woman-dead-17-hours-after-999-call/ Is A&E the best place for someone who has had a major depressive disorder? Is it right to expect someone to make their own way - should an ambulance have been called or at least a friend or family member? Who investigates social services?
  3. So, The THE POLICING AND CRIME Act is coming in December 2017 and will change the powers and procedures of the 136 & 135 mental health act significantly. Just wondering if your force is aware and has done anything about it? Ours has been working hard, but not really got anywhere. https://mentalhealthcop.wordpress.com covers all the changes pretty well. Key points - you can 136 in private and have a power of entry. (not dwelling) No children to police station under 136, ever. Not for any reason. Only 24h for assessment, rather than 72. Important - 2
  4. On the 11th December, new regulations come into force dictating when we can use police stations as a place of safety for people arrested under S136 - basically, it'll be almost never. These regulations were inserted into the MHA by the Policing and Crime Act, and so are part of the law. Here's a brief summary of the requirements for people who may only occasionally come across the power: * A child under 18 years may never be taken to a police station as a place of safety, under any circumstances. * An adult (A) may only be taken to a police station if the decision-maker (i.e. the con
  5. SD

    Advanced Directives

    This is a scenario from an Ambulance forum and thought it was worthy of discussion here. Scenario is you attend an address where you're met with a person who's takes an OD but is conscious. They hand you an Advanced Directive that appears genuine which states the person refuses any and all medical treatment. Paramedics turn out and whilst discussions are on going the person falls unconscious and medics refuse to step in and start treatment. What do you do? A medic involved in a similar incident was threatened with arrest under the Suivide Act by a Sgt at the scene.
  6. A national campaign, led by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, has released a film featuring celebrities talking about how they faced their own mental health problems. Rapper Professor Green, cricketer Freddie Flintoff, comedian Ruby Wax and others say admitting their problems for the first time made them realise they were not alone. But for many, asking for help can be much harder. "We didn't really know what we were being sent to," Dan Farnworth, a paramedic in the north-west, says. "The next thing I knew, a child was just placed into my arms." It was 201
  7. A national campaign, led by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, has released a film featuring celebrities talking about how they faced their own mental health problems. Rapper Professor Green, cricketer Freddie Flintoff, comedian Ruby Wax and others say admitting their problems for the first time made them realise they were not alone. But for many, asking for help can be much harder. "We didn't really know what we were being sent to," Dan Farnworth, a paramedic in the north-west, says. "The next thing I knew, a child was just placed into my arms." It was 201
  8. A national campaign, led by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, has released a film featuring celebrities talking about how they faced their own mental health problems. Rapper Professor Green, cricketer Freddie Flintoff, comedian Ruby Wax and others say admitting their problems for the first time made them realise they were not alone. But for many, asking for help can be much harder. "We didn't really know what we were being sent to," Dan Farnworth, a paramedic in the north-west, says. "The next thing I knew, a child was just placed into my arms." It was 201
  9. You are called by the duty manager at the local leisure centre who reports a party of children from the local special needs school have attended the poolside area and mostly left but that one of them is still stood by the waters edge and is refusing to leave. What do you do?
  10. Eebs

    My first response blog

    Rank:SC Length of Service: 2 Months Planned Hours:1400x2300 Type of Shift:Response (IRT) 1400: Arrive in breifing to have a superintendant drop by, brieifing complete, and he begins to discuss force model and any questions we may have. 14:30 inspector comes in to tell us we have a few calls waiting, we all grab our vehicles and sgt reads out who we're paired with. I'm working with someone i've never worked with before (I'm yet to ever work with the same person twice :P) Lovely guy and excellent to work with :P, We're in the new van! We head out, ours was a non-urgent call
  11. UK police are spending as much as 40% of their time dealing with incidents triggered by some kind of mental health issue, against a backdrop of severe cuts in social and health services, the Guardian has learned.Mental health crisis takes huge and increasing share of police time | UK news | The Guardian https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jan/27/mental-health-crisis-huge-increasing-share-police-time-40%3f0p19G=e?client=ms-android-orange-gb
  12. Katie Simpkins sleeping in the back of a police car Katie Simpkins had to sleep in the back of a police car in a hospital car park, because there were no beds available. Photograph: Tristan Simpkins/PA Steven Morris A chief constable has expressed deep concern that a patient with serious mental health problems had to sleep in the back of a police car in a hospital car park because there was no bed available for her. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/sep/02/wiltshire-police-hospital-bed-mental-health?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Copy_to_clipboard What would you or your fo
  13. This is a really sad case and I have the upmost sympathy for the parents. However, I am really disappointed at the way in which ‘police-present drownings’ are reported in the media. Jack was taken to hospital and received care from a Consultant, who discharged him following an episode of drug induced psychosis, without giving any after care advice. That is a clear failure in relation to clinical responsibilities of duty of care. I also assume that this lad was not medicated? Someone in that state needs to be put on diazepam for a few days, plus some sleeping pills. He probably had n
  14. DB11

    A More Typical Duty

    This is a more typical duty that I have done recently Your rank: PC Your planned duty hours: 0700-1700 0700 - Briefing. Double crewed, only double crew to cover the area. 0800 - Call received from a lady stating that she had been made aware of a lifeline activation at her elderly mother's address. Upon her arrival all of the doors are locked and her spare key is useless because there is a key in the other side of the door. Mum has had a history of falls in the last 12 months, and upon looking through the window can see her mum lay on the floor in the hall. Calls police to
  15. A frustrated Met police officer has live-tweeted their six-hour battle to find an available mental health bed in London for a man who was a “danger to himself”. Full Story - Evening Standard
  16. Hi All, I've just joined this forum to ask one question. Yesterday a friend had a bad argument at home and threatened to harm himself to me. A a lot of his friends were very concerned for him. We had no contact from him since yesterday, so I was elected to call the police. I rang the 101 number and spoke to a controller and expressed my concerns. She located a report filed yesterday by his spouse. She obviously couldn't tell me anything about what was going on, apart from that my friend had been located and that he was being dealt with. She took my name and number, and said they'd let him kno
  17. The home secretary, Theresa May, is to pledge up to £15m of new funding to provide health-based alternatives for the 4,000 people a year who spend time in detention in police cells under the Mental Health Act. In her first speech since being reappointed home secretary, May will tell the Police Federation conference on Wednesday that a new policing and sentencing bill, to be included in next week’s Queen’s speech, will include legislation to ban the use of police cells to detain any children with mental health problems. It is thought that the ban on detaining those under 18 in police cells as
  18. DodgeRam

    Self Harm

    Is it an offence to deliberately cause harm to oneself? IE cut your own wrists. Scenario is your called to a suicide risk - Guy has called 999 saying he isn't feeling good. Ambulance attends and Guy tells them he wants to be admitted into a mental health hospital. As per the ambulance crew procedure they tell Guy that they can take him to A&E where a Dr can assess him and then refer to the mental health facility if appropriate. Guy doesn't like this and becomes verbally aggressive to the ambulance crew so they withdraw and call for police assistance. You turn up, go in with Ambo crew a
  19. Liverpool Crown Court building An ex-RAF man attacked a Wirral custody assistant causing her horrific facial injuries. Dad-of-two Jonathan Hindley, 37, of Broadway Avenue, Wallasey, was being held at Wirral’s police custody suite after damage had been caused to a neighbour’s property. Liverpool Crown Court was told that as he was being led along a corridor to make a phone call he grabbed the custody assistant by the throat and crushed her to the floor, leaving her bleeding from the face and struggling to breathe. It took six police officers using CS gas to pull Hindley off her in the in
  20. I was looking at the Medical requirements for Special Applications, and since "1 in 5" will suffer with depression in our lives, how strong are forces to reject applicants with mental health issues? What happens if you later on get diagnosed with a MH disorder?
  21. According to Insp Michael Brown, the MH co-ordinator for mental health (and star of the Mental Health NCALT/avid tweeter), there are some new codes of practice for the Mental Health Act 1983, due to come into force on the 1st of april. According to his twitter, operational police officers should take note of chapters 16, 17, 27 & 28. You may also wish to read 14 & 15. I thought I'd post this here, as we all know we'll probably not get told this has changed, then get penalised for it later down the line! Bottom covering in overdrive! Insp Brown has also written up a summary: htt
  22. There is no comparison of elsewhere and I have no idea what classified something as a "ligature incident" so this could be alarmingly high or it could be a media "shocking statistics say" headline.