CPFT’s Liaison and Diversion Service gets £750,000 boost

Increased support for people entering criminal justice system

CPFT’s Liaison and Diversion Service gets £750,000 boost
19 October 2016



Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust has received a £750,000 boost to improve the health assessments of people who have been arrested or are facing the courts.

Staff from CPFT’s Liaison and Diversion Service work with people who enter the criminal justice system, providing assessments for vulnerabilities such as mental ill-health or learning disabilities.

They can also offer support with other issues such as housing problems and financial concerns and signpost them to services run by CPFT or a range of partner organisations such as Cambridgeshire Police, local authorities and third sector organisations.

The investment will mean the team will increase from four members of staff to 19 and enable hundreds more people to receive support.

The team will be based at Peterborough, Huntingdon and Cambridge Magistrates’ Courts, as well as Thorpe Wood Police Station, Peterborough, and Parkside Police Station, Cambridge, 12 hours a day, seven days a week. They will also be at Huntingdon and March police stations during opening hours.

The move is part of a £12 million additional Government investment in Liaison and Diversion services across the country.

Sarah Warner, Chief Operating Officer for CPFT which provides mental health and community care services, said: “We are delighted that our Liaison and Diversion Service has been given this extra funding.

“Assessing people at the earliest possible opportunity, when they first come into contact with the criminal justice system, means they can receive help in a more timely fashion. Without this support, their vulnerability may not be recognised or adequately addressed until they are in crisis or, in some cases, have entered the prison system.”

The increased service will be introduced in stages between now and January next year.

Team manager Sara Hart, pictured above (centre) with colleagues from the service, said: “This funding is good news for the team, but most importantly it is good news for the people we help.

“Our overall aim is to help people break the cycle of their behaviour or prevent them reaching crisis point by helping them access appropriate services as quickly as possible.

“I am very proud of the work we have done previously, but the expansion of the team will mean we can help many more people in the future.”

The Liaison and Diversion Service works in partnership with a range of organisations to ensure people get the very best help and support including Aspire Drug Treatment, Inclusion Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire Police, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, Peterborough City Council, Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridge City Council, National Probation Service, Rethink and the SUN Network.

ENDS


For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Communications Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 726767

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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