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My latest post is borne of recent experience in a Coroner’s courtroom where I gave evidence after a man died in a house fire at his home. The background to that was emergency and health services bouncing up against each other in their efforts to secure adequate support or Mental Health Act assessment for a man in obvious crisis. When the response failed to emerge before he accidentally started a fire in his home due to his mental health crisis, the agencies were all required to account for themselves and most faced problems to at least some degree: all were accused of failing to communicated effectively amongst themselves and with others. The post is my advice to 999 crews who attended crisis jobs in people’s private homes.
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The Policing and Crime Act
I am producing a series of posts on the new Policing and Crime Act 2017. The introductory post outlines what I’m trying to do and contains links to the emerging series, as they are written. It also contains links to posts I have done which set out the new sections 135, 136 and 138 as they will appear in law after the commencement order brings them in to effect “in a few months’ time”.
Update: the amendments were due to commence by the end of May 2017 – the UK General Election means this has been delayed and they will not be in force until “at least September” at the earliest. It’s possible it could be later still!
The latest post in this series concerns the requirement for police officers to consult, where practicable, with a mental health professional before deciding to detain someone under s136 of the Mental Health Act 1983. This one is fraught with a few things to think about if you’re a front line police officer – so you’d best give it a read!
I was proud to be awarded the The President’s Medal in 2015 by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Awarded for “a significant contribution to the lives of people with mental illness.”
– Professor Sir Simon WESSLEY, President, RCPsych.
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