To improve the treatment of people experiencing a mental illness, Derbyshire Constabulary has teamed up with Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to provide a Street Triage service where officers on the beat believe someone needs immediate mental health support in Derby and South Derbyshire.
Our mental health nurses now accompany police officers to incidents where it is suspected that someone is a risk to themselves or those around them due to their mental ill health. Upon arrival at the incident the nurse may carry out an assessment or hold a brief clinical conversation with the person to make a professional opinion regarding their current health needs. Advice will then be provided if an appropriate referral into the healthcare service is needed.
Nurses will also give telephone advice to police officers attending incidents to support officers’ decisions in referring people into the services they need.
The service is operational seven days a week from 4pm to midnight. Research has shown that during this time is when the majority of Section 136 detentions happen.
Previously, when a person presented a risk of harming themselves or others, police officers could detain them under the Mental Health Act for their own safety or to protect others. They would then undergo an assessment by mental health professionals.