Future of the Blog – part 2

I’m going to have another period away from blogging new posts – probably a fortnight or so.  This is partly to spend some time trying to make it more useable as a resource; partly to spend some time trying to get it more widely circulated and known about; and I’m coming towards the end of what I want to say and want to plan out what’s left to do.

I’m going to spend some time writing some very small posts reducing various mental health jobs for the police down to half a dozen bullet points or less, with links to the fuller posts containing explanations, legal references, guidelines, etc., etc.. I’m also going to revamp the Index, the FAQs and play around with the categories.  Thereafter, I’m going to limit myself to one weekly post until I’m done.

Ultimately, this stuff will succeed or fail based upon the extent to which police officers (inc senior officers) want to get knowledge to equip themselves and it will always depend upon over-coming problems in the way mental health services are provided, which is outside the control of operational police officers.  It is probably within the sphere of more senior officers than we realise.

I was interested to learn over the weekend whilst reading, that where police services engage proactively in partnership work at the right local level, mental health related policing demands can be reduced by 50%.  WOW!

Thanks for the support you’ve given the blog by reading and / or circulating to colleagues and other organisations.

Michael./

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One thought on “Future of the Blog – part 2

  1. Thank you for your commitment to this excellent blog, long may it be referred to!
    Looking at why police are involved in what are clearly health issues, I’m afraid I still keep coming back to lack of openness re system failures.and I note there are other sites which refer to lack of investigation too.
    As you know I am still questioning many aspects of what I consider to be an “underhand” attitude to national guidance and statutory requirements …..an attitude which borders on the “optional”! I believe! I have been thinking a lot about some of the reasons police used so much by NHS and I believe its a money saving exercise, where NHS “Cinderella Service” staff are not adequately trained (or informed) so rely on police to do their jobs! Very often we are talking of seriously ill people who need treatment in a therapeutic caring environment not endless threats of “we’ll call the police” etc!!
    Of course there are times when additional help will be needed but until services are opened up in a wholly transparent way, many will endure this system failure again and again

    I have a feeling we will continue to get what we keep getting as the NHS keep doing the same old thing. Now add into the mix press freedom and the ability to report system failures. Do NHS silence staff.?.”YES” as recent CQC CEO Cynthia Bower admitted to MPs on Public Accounts committee http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/jan/24/kay-sheldon-whistleblower-care-quality-commission. There is also young journalist from Twitter who in his role as Health Correspondent, for his local Express and Star paper professionally reported from the KEY Mid Staffs Public Inquiry, but it appears he too has since been gagged: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Support-Gagged-Journalist-Shaun-Lintern/167754543330014

    NO national media attended Mid Staffs PI despite the NHS Hierarchy giving evidence Sir David Nicholson NHS CEO: http://nhslocal.nhs.uk/story/nhs-chiefs-evidence-inquiry-shows-catalogue-mistakes-led-hundreds-patient-deaths and Care Quality Commission CEO Cynthia Bower:http://www.midstaffspublicinquiry.com/hearings/s/295/week-twenty-18-21-april-2011
    Not only Mid Staffs but also sparse reporting from media involvement at Inquest hearings.
    I refer to a case which recently was heard and “the inquest was attended by the BBC,, ITV, The Argus, and Hastings Observer and all asked for a statement and were given one, all said they were going to run the story, only the Observer did. On the net the only coverage is from the Observer. http://www.hastingsobserver.co.uk/news/local-news/suicidal_woman_left_on_her_own_to_die_1_3463778 Now when the story broke 2 years ago all of the above followed the story and ran articles and televised details but now nothing. Me being me now thinks this is most odd.”

    Seems we are dealing with some very serious issues surrounding appropriate use of public money and reason why its appears to be being spent on silencing critics!
    Systemic Failure is a “Public Interest” issue and MUST be reported on!

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