The Paramedic Series of blogs, is specifically targetted at my colleagues in green after being developed in support of inputs I give as a visiting lecturer at the University of Worcester, who train West Midlands Ambulance Service crews. I now provide inputs at all four of the universities training my WMAS colleagues, ensuring they have a reasonable understanding of policing, mental health and criminal justice issues, as they affect their practice.
Summarised posts on the interaction between these two crucial 999 services, with links to posts which explain laws and police responses which are relevant to paramedics and technicians. You can easily make a reference resource around this stuff on your SmartPhone, if you wish.
- When You Call Us
- When We Call You
- Mental Health Act / Mental Capacity Act Assessments
- Mental Capacity Act: What Does The Law Say
- The Use of Force
- What Is An AMHP?
- Section 13 Mental Health Act << Especially useful to know about.
- Is It Necessary (to instigate section 136 MHA)?
- Only Following Orders
- Ambulance Drivers
- Emergency Service
- What Do All The Sections Mean?
- Police Ranks and Roles Explained
- Mark and the Mental Capacity Act
- The Coroner’s Courtroom << Please read this! – 999 jobs in private homes.
Don’t forget other ways to use this blog to find out more:
- There are almost 800 posts on all manner of topics and There is a “Search” facility via the top right hand corner icon:
- Any keywords on policing / mental health will bring up the relevant posts.
- There is a series of “Quick Guides” originally intended for police officers, but some will be of interest to paramedics.
Update on 01st April 2015 – since writing this article, a new Code of Practice has come into effect in England. It doesn’t substantially alter these posts but reference numbers have changed from the old Code. My summary post about the new Code of Practice (2015) is here, the new Reference Guide is here and the full document is here. The Code of Practice (Wales) was remains changed in 2016 and is here.
Winner of the President’s Medal,
the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Winner of the Mind Digital Media Award
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I try to keep this blog up to date, but inevitably over time, amendments to the law as well as court rulings and other findings from inquests and complaints processes mean it is difficult to ensure all the articles and pages remain current. Please ensure you check all legal issues in particular and take appropriate professional advice where necessary.
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