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Mental Health Cop 17 Mar 16
Where a Coroner concludes an inquest they are entitled to issue a ‘Preventing Future Deaths’ order making recommendations to relevant agencies where they feel that minimises the likelihood of similar, future tragedies.
Mental Health Cop 8 Mar 16
Police Use of Force
The Independent Police Complaints Commission has today published it’s report on the Police Use of Force.
Mental Health Cop 6 Mar 16
In 2015 we’ve had the second year of our Concordat in England, the launch of a Welsh Crisis Care Concordat, yet more thematic reviews of various kinds and ever more inquiry reports to read through – and we’re still seeing …
Mental Health Cop 4 Mar 16
The Nineteen Fifties
You remember Britain in the nineteen fifties … the Suez Crisis, the Korean War and the Queen actually having to make a constintutional decision about the appointment of a Prime Minister following the resignation of Sir Anthony EDEN…
Mental Health Cop 24 Feb 16
Only Following Orders!
I have had lots of conversations, emails and indeed tweets over the years with police officers about reliance upon the Mental Capacity Act to justify intervening where other professionals have declared someone to lack capacity about some medical…
Mental Health Cop 16 Feb 16
Shouting at the Rain
Did you watch Spotlight on 15th February – this is the BBC regional news for south-west England … why would you, unless you live there?! There was interesting coverage of ongoing issues arising from the use of section 136 of the…
Mental Health Cop 13 Feb 16
Thinking of the Future
I’m really conscious that there will come a point where the focus on policing and mental health will wane – my view would be, it has already peaked and we need to capitalize on the time we have until the sun sets.
Mental Health Cop 9 Feb 16
Do We Have Enough Beds?
The Commission on Acute Adult Psychiatric Care has published its final report! – and the publication was headline news on BBC Breakfast this morning with a range of people welcoming its findings.
Mental Health Cop 8 Feb 16
Reforming the Mental Health Act
A parliamentary bill containing proposals to amend the Mental Health Act 1983 will be brought by the Home Office to Parliament in the next few months.
Mental Health Cop 30 Jan 16
Last Friday the Royal College of Psychiatrists, in conjunction with the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, launched the ‘CLEAR’ campaign, concerning mental health emergencies – see the poster, above.
Mental Health Cop 29 Jan 16
This is a guest post by Em, or @DrEm_79 from Twitter – our various discussions on there made me realise she has a lot to say that is important and relevant for police officers responding to mental health crisis incidents.
Mental Health Cop 27 Jan 16
It was several years ago that I first sat in a room listening to a mental health professional delivering legal training to the police about mental health and capacity law and found myself thinking, “But that’s not right!” …
Mental Health Cop 24 Jan 16
Mental Health Act Admission
This short post covers the main admission frameworks of the Mental Health Act 1983, in limited detail for the benefit of police officers and the public.
Mental Health Cop 20 Jan 16
No Legal Duty
You may remember at the end of last year there was an inquest in York into the death in a police station of Toni SPECK whilst detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act? … the jury decided, on the balance of probabilities, that…
Mental Health Cop 17 Jan 16
Scots Law on Mental Health
I’m off to Scotland on Monday and half hoping the weather warnings we’re just hearing about might mean I get stuck there! I’m originally from the very north of England so a lot of my childhood memories involve holidays and…
Mental Health Cop 12 Jan 16
I haven’t ever written a blog on the SESSAY judgment from 2010.
Mental Health Cop 10 Jan 16
A Benign Presence
Have you ever had an unexpected knock on your door from the police? I haven’t, thankfully – and long may it remain to be so.
Mental Health Cop 31 Dec 15
PACE For Beginners – Part 4
Two vignettes to supplement the previous narratives in series of BLOGS on PACE For Beginners – both hypothetical and based around parts of various incidents from my own experience — SHOPLIFTER 1000hrs on Day One – Suspect …
Mental Health Cop 31 Dec 15
PACE For Beginners – Part 3
This is the third in a series of posts explicating the vagaries of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) – Part One covered the general legal basis of detention in custody, the timescales for detention without charge and general…
Mental Health Cop 31 Dec 15
PACE For Dummies – Part 2
This is the second post to explicate the mysteries of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.
Mental Health Cop 30 Dec 15
PACE For Dummies – Part 1
If you’re a police officer, you can probably stop reading already – this one is not really for you! Now, if you’re a dummy … no, sorry: if you’re a mental health professional, then this is more-or-less at your …
Mental Health Cop 27 Dec 15
The Rising Use of Taser
Today has seen media coverage about Taser use after Freedom of Information applications by the Justice Gap: it takes usagain into the difficult and extremely sensitive debate about the use of this controversial item and makes us focus more …
Mental Health Cop 24 Dec 15
Explaining and Understanding
Every now and then, from time to time, I really do wonder whether I’m actually just wasting my time here? Since I’ve spent sixteen months at the College of Policing, I’m almost exactly half-way through my current secondment…
Mental Health Cop 17 Dec 15
Acute Behavioural Disorder
You’ve may heard the term ‘Excited delirium’? I wrote a blog on it a few years ago.
Mental Health Cop 13 Dec 15
Capacity to Consent
This BLOG has been some months in the thinking and and making, including the need for me to pin down several people for a discussion.
Mental Health Cop 11 Dec 15
I recently saw a police training video on social media from Epilepsy Action UK, aiming to raise awareness of the forty or more different kinds of epileptic seizures.
Mental Health Cop 9 Dec 15
A Factor of Ten
Today is the Opposition Day debate in the House of Commons and I type this as I watch it on my iPad.
Mental Health Cop 7 Dec 15
I first suspected that Muhaydin MIRE, the man arrested for attempted murder at Leytonstone Underground station on Saturday night, had mental health problem when I saw the videos of the seconds leading up to his arrest.
Mental Health Cop 3 Dec 15
A Little Humility
As with buses coming in groups of three after you’ve waited half an hour, I tend to find issues highlighted to me at the College come in groups.
Mental Health Cop 1 Dec 15
The Yorkshire Ripper and Section 50 MHA
Is Peter SUTCLIFFE the most infamous personality in British criminal history? – certainly in recent criminal history; and every time something happens in his ongoing detention, it attracts significant attention.
Mental Health Cop 29 Nov 15
If you are a police officer who has ever used s136 of the Mental Health Act 1983, have you ever heard of serotonin syndrome and would you know how to recognise this potentially fatal condition which can have a rapid onset? No, me neither.
Mental Health Cop 23 Nov 15
Three Days In Custody
I woke recently to find a story in my social media news-stream that caught my attention – such things happen quite a lot, to be honest, but the BLOG has now been going for so long that I don’t find time to highlight and deconstruct…
Mental Health Cop 20 Nov 15
Assaults and Medical Factors
A brief BLOG, because nothing I’m going to write here says anything new at all about assaults on NHS staff, it’s just that latest figures on this topic show we’re really still no further forward! The 2014/15 figures for assaults…
Mental Health Cop 16 Nov 15
Draft College Guidance
The College of Policing has now released, for public consultation, draft guidance on policing and mental health – known as Approved Professional Practice.
Mental Health Cop 14 Nov 15
Earlier this week, the British High Commission in Windhoek, Namibia put out a press release about a joint initiative by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC) in Namibia and the College of Policing in the United Kingdom – it concerned mental…
Mental Health Cop 15 Oct 15
18th November 2015
Claire ANDRE from Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW) is the only ‘police liaison mental health nurse’ in the country – a coordinating role in her trust to work on all issues that interface with the police…
Mental Health Cop 10 Oct 15
Working as a police officer has forced me to be a part of some of the most unbelievable indignities I’ve ever seen and I wasn’t a willing participant in many of them – and unfortunately the worst of them have been mental health…
Mental Health Cop 9 Oct 15
Forcing Entry for Welfare Checks
Another BLOG to reinforce points that have been made by the police for some years now: we have no legal powers whatsoever in private premises under the Mental Health Act and we cannot force entry to someone’s private premises in…
Mental Health Cop 3 Oct 15
Clinical Commissioning Groups
Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) were introduced by the Health & Social Care Act 2012 – they are now the bodies in England which are responsible, ultimately, for healthcare.
Mental Health Cop 1 Oct 15
No Warrant Required
I pen this BLOG post on behalf of AMHPs in England and Wales! – they seem a touch ground down by the Old Bill and I offered to write this as I am rather bored in a London hotel room whilst working down here for a couple of days.
Mental Health Cop 28 Sep 15
The discussion about street triage continues and I’ve deliberately stayed clear of much of it, acutely conscious as I am that my views on the whole thing usually go down like a lead balloon just after they’ve been misunderstood …
Mental Health Cop 19 Sep 15
This week I spent some time in Northern Ireland, a place I’d never been before.
Mental Health Cop 7 Sep 15
You Remember the Concordat?
You may remember the Crisis Care Concordat from early 2014? – very much led by Normal LAMB MP, who was then Minister of State for Mental Health.
Mental Health Cop 30 Aug 15
The ‘Civil’ Sections
Nearly four years in to writing this BLOG and I’ve never done a post explaining the main inpatient provisions under the Mental Health Act.
Mental Health Cop 29 Aug 15
Section 137 Mental Health Act
Where do the legal powers come from in the Mental Health Act 1983? – by this question I mean: what section of the Act do you point to when cross-examined in a court to explain from exactly where you derive the authority to do as you did…
Mental Health Cop 24 Aug 15
Not Quite An App!
This post is mainly to provide a list of the internet links that I used to create my own quick-reference folder on my phone, as shown in the picture.
Mental Health Cop 10 Aug 15
The Dogmas Of The Quiet Past
I have absolutely no idea at all what was going on in the United States of America in December 1862 but US President Abraham LINCOLN took the occasion to say this – “The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present…
Mental Health Cop 9 Aug 15
The Disclosure and Barring Service
New statutory guidelines, issued by the Home Office, come into effect tomorrow concerning the Disclosure and Barring Service.
Mental Health Cop 29 Jul 15
What Does ‘Sectioned’ Mean?
This post is mainly aimed at police officers and is intended to ram home what the term ‘sectioned’ means – every police officer in England and Wales needs to understand it, so they can adjust themselves accordingly if necessary…
Mental Health Cop 26 Jul 15
Breach of the Peace
It was in the Justice of the Peace Act 1361 that the foundations were laid for the common law complaint of a Breach of the Peace.