Innovative Police Liaison Scheme nominated for a national HSJ Award

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The Calderdale and Kirklees police liaison scheme has been nominated for an HSJ Award 2016, recognising the scheme for its innovation in mental health and the way that it has improved experiences of service users in crisis.

The HSJ Awards celebrate the finest achievements in the NHS and are seen as the most sought after accolade in British healthcare, being the biggest awards scheme of its kind in the world.

The police liaison scheme is run in Kirklees and Calderdale and involves mental health nurses working alongside officers at Halifax and Huddersfield police stations to recognise the signs of mental illness.

This ensures fewer people with mental health conditions are placed on Section 136 of the Mental Health Act, held in a cell or admitted to A&E when there are more appropriate ways of providing health care for them. The scheme also enables practitioners to visit victims and witnesses at home and support police officers at the scene of an incident.

The police liaison scheme is supported by the clinical commissioning groups in Calderdale and Kirklees and has had its funding extended, demonstrating how much of an impact the scheme has had in improving mental health services.

Read more about the scheme at www.southwestyorkshire.nhs.uk

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