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The new post follows on from media reports that a Chief Constable has highlighted potential legal consequences for NHS organisations if they are unable to ensure timely admission to hospital for patients who are being diverted from police custody. We hear a lot about the importance of ‘working in partnership’, but I ask what kind of partnership it is if the police are expected to absorb the consequences of other organisations’ inability to comply with the country’s basic legal frameworks?

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IMG_0053I was proud to be awarded the The President’s Medal in 2015 by the Royal College of Psychiatrists for a –

“Significant contribution to the lives of people with mental illness.”
– Professor Sir Simon WESSLEY, RCPsych President.



PACE For Beginners

Part One – general framework affecting all detainees.
Part Two – issues variously affecting detainess.
Part Three – how PACE relates to the MHA in custody.
Part Four – detailed vignettes on PACE / MHA.

Temporary Reduction in Output!

I’m in the process of updating, tidying and re-indexing all 500+ posts on this blog and in the process of  organising print  copies of all my posts into hardcopy folders.  As such, I’ll be writing less until this is complete.  I also changed the ‘theme’ of the BLOG well over a year ago and need to reformat some of the posts so they don’t look odd and old!

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