Trust welcomes Commissioner's commitment to nurses working alongside police

Jason Ablewhite makes pledge on World Mental Health Day

Trust welcomes Commissioner's commitment to nurses working alongside police
10 October 2016

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust has today welcomed Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner Jason Ablewhite's commitment to continue to fund three mental health nurses based at the force control room.

The three nurses - Vicci Willis, Gareth Hughes and Coryn Price - provide officers with clinical advice on the best way to support people who are undergoing a mental health crisis.

Since the staff from CPFT's integrated mental health team started working alongside the police at force HQ in Hinchingbrooke they have dealt with an average of 800 incidents a month.

Mr Ablewhite has chosen World Mental Health Day to say he will be working in partnership with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group to merge the the into its wider model of support services.

CPFT has played a major role in the recently enhanced First Response service across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough following significant additional investment from the CCG.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite (pictured with Coryn Price right) said: "World Mental Health Day seemed the perfect day to share my decision to continue the funding of this service.

"While this is clearly only one part of the wider partnership response to improving the provision of support for people in suspected mental health crisis it does enable officers and staff, who often become the first point of contact, to improve the response they provide.

"I have been speaking to senior colleagues within the Constabulary and Clinical Commissioning Group to ensure that we work together to safeguard the dignity of those facing mental health problems, giving them the best chance of returning to full health.

"There is always more work to do but I am confident this service in particular is really making a difference."

Sarah Warner, Chief Operating Officer for CPFT, which provides mental health and community health services, said: “We welcome the Commissioner’s on-going commitment to have staff from our Integrated Mental Health Team working directly alongside officers from Cambridgeshire Police.

"Frontline police officers often have to deal with incidents involving members of the public having a mental health crisis.

"But they now have a direct line to our staff who can advise on the most appropriate help in the quickest possible time.”

For a full version of the statement from the Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner click here.

ENDS

Office of Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner
Catherine Kimberley, Communications Officer
E catherine.kimberley@cambs.pnn.police.uk
T: 01480 425819

For more information about CPFT:
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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