A shortfall in beds for mental health patients in Haringey in north London is forcing some to be offered hospitals as far away as Yorkshire.
Many would claim that the mental health system for urgent admissions has been rocking for some while, with frequent scenarios where there are no available psychiatric beds in the south of England and where patients sometimes must travel up to 400 miles for care. This article shows this for a demanding area of north London and gives an example of where it took a police arrest to enable support to be given to vulnerable who nevertheless was discharged and went on to take his own life. A tragic story from so many angles.
POLICE and health chiefs have vented their frustration at the continuing lack of a place of safety for people who are detained with mental health problems in York.
North Yorkshire remains the only county in England without a Place of Safety for those detained by the police under the Mental Health Act and there is an ongoing death-in-custody inquiry in that area which is now over two years old.
Thomas Orchard, who had schizophrenia, died after being restrained with 'emergency response belt' in October last year (Nigh time comment; deaths in custody are happening partly because officers aren't trained in mental health.
Restraint and mental illness: a toxic combination and when done by police officers away from medical support that would be avialable in hospitals, it is especially dangerous. This refers to an ongoing case for which there is a file with the CPS -- but the family are asking questions about why he was arrested under the Public Order Act, not the Mental Health Act, reflecting his medical needs. In some areas of the country, it would have made little difference because the NHS are allowed to continue to exclude people where they are resistant and aggressive ... something I've been arguing should change for years.
Telegraph.co.uk Police forced to deal with mentally ill rather than fight crime Telegraph.co.uk Sir Peter Fahy, chief constable of Greater Manchester Police, said “tragedies occur” because police, who haven't had the correct training, are called...
The comments in this piece are in the right spirit, but one answer to a lack of training is "train them" and it reinforces the non-existent distinction between crime and health. Many people who are unwell, get into contact with the criminal justice system and some are as liable for what they did as anyone else. The training that isn't given, would focus on how to work out the one from the other, in my view.
AVON and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens says the practice of keeping people detained under the Mental Health Act in police cells should be stopped by next year. More than 600...
Amongst many Police and Crime Commissioners who are now tackling this issue head-on. What more could be done -- it was recently suggested that it should take an inspector's authority to agree to the detention of someone in police custody, to ensure that our front-line commanders personally exhaust alternatives and ensure wellbeing before agreeing to such drastic action. We'll see. ...
A man whose mental health was the subject of warnings is detained for killing schoolgirl Christina Edkins in a random attack on a bus in Birmingham.
BBC audio-visual and text coverage of this awful event - Phillip SIMELANE was sentenced yesterday to a restricted hospital order after pleading guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
I can't begin to imagine the gradual build up of distress and despair that must overwhelm a person who has to watch their nearest and dearest be gradually consumed by Alzheimer's disease. To reach...
My new blog, on the sensitive subject of restraining elderly dementia patients who exhibit challenging behaviour. Several cases have hit the news in this arena and this blog concerns who unhelpful it is when reputable organisations label ostensibly legal actions, necessary in the minds of those required to deal, with pejorative terms like "Abuse". Not at all helpful.
This is a guest post by Em, or @DrEm_79 from Twitter - our various discussions on there made me realise she has a lot to say that is important and relevant for police officers responding to mental health crisis incidents.
think this is an important insight into mental health care, police responses and what Em terms the 'normalisation' of the police as a de facto mental health crisis service. Valuable reading for professionals in particular ---
UK government told to pay £3,730 by European court of human rights for distress caused by hospital holding her for several months
More problems for UK law in its compliance with the European Convention -- much of our mental health law was lifted from the Mental Health Act 1959 so we're using laws written for the era of old county asylums. Modernisation is very badly required, including greater insight into what role Parliament wish the police to play!
Political, police and health service leaders will come together later this week for a summit on how to address mental health issues and offending.
Many PCCs are bringing together their public sector organisations to look at policing and mental health. This is not the first and it won't be the last event of its kind ... let's just hope it doesn't over-simplify the issues or allow health agendas to derail the purpose of it.
Norwich Evening News Police probe after death of Norwich mental health patient Norfolk Eastern Daily Press A police investigation has been launched after allegations were made about the treatment of a man with mental health problems who...
Interesting media language used in this one -- suspension of four mental health workers and a resulting police investigation. One to keep an eye on ...
John Ward attacked Wayne Busst and Ian Watson-Gladwish in Birmingham as voices in his head told him to 'kill everyone'
It seems, reading between the lines, that John WARD has been sentenced to a rarely used "hybrid order" under s45A of the Mental Health Act. This means he moves in to the hospital system as if under a hospital order (s37/41 MHA) but if the time arrives where it is felt that he no longer needs inpatient mental health care, he reverts to the prison system where his releasem, if it is ever considered, would be determined by the Parole Board, not the Mental Health Review Tribunal system.
In March of this year, Phillip SIMELANE was charged with the murder of Christina EDKINS after a fatal stabbing occured on a bus on the Hagley Road in Birmingham. Today, he has appeared before Birmi...
This blog explains the legal process that led to the conviction of Phillip SIMELANE for killing Christina EDKINS in Birmingham in March 2013 --- it explains what "Diminished responsibility" means and what a restricted hospital order is. Finally, it explains how discharge from hospital is assessed and controlled, if (not when) he is ever considered suitable for release.
In light of a recent joint news conference on September 13th where Mayor Gregor Robertson and Vancouver Police Constable Jim Chu urged senior levels of government to provide urgently needed resources to address a ...
The highlighting of mental health related police demands in Vancouver follows recently speeches by the city's mayor and Chief Constable about the extent of it and the impact upon the police. Interesting idea, but it will depend upon whether these incidents are seen in their short-term or long-term contexts as to whether you think this is a productive strategy.
Dinesh Bhugra: The critical shortage of inpatient psychiatric beds is a symptom of failed policy, but mental health professionals can revive their service given freedom and funding
It all continues to stack up --- rising demand, falling supply and a point where we need to re-evaluate what we want our mental health services to do. A system is failing to recognise that people may not want to be "fixed", but "helped".
More on the mental health beds crisis: Emergency mental health admissions delayed up to 3 weeks due to beds crisis, social workers warn Concern as number of mental health patients placed in private hospitals rises by a third AMHPs ‘pressured to ...
More people being admitted to fewer beds can only mean shorter stays and earlier discharge --- visual representation of the way our mental health system has quietly changed over the last 30 years.
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