Mental health scheme shortlisted in prestigious awards
Date: 07 February 2017
We are delighted to announce that an initiative we have been involved in which ensures patients experiencing a mental health crisis have access to appropriate care has been short listed for a national award.
The Mental Health Street Triage is a collaborative scheme run between agencies across Bedfordshire including our Trust. The team is one of eight shortlisted, whittled down from a total of 1,500 entries, with the winner announced on 24th May.
The project involves a paramedic, police officer, and mental health professional joining forces in one car set up to respond to mental health crisis calls 365 days a year. Operating from 3pm – 1am, and based at police headquarters in Kempston and Luton, the car covers the whole county.
Lisa Merkitt, from EEAST, said: "It is a privilege to be nominated for such a prestigious award and the team are immensely proud that we have been nationally recognised for all of our hard work.
She added: “The Mental Health Street Triage team work tirelessly to provide an invaluable and innovative service to patients across Bedfordshire ensuring they receive the appropriate care in emergency situations. I am extremely proud to be a part of this project and look forward to the scheme becoming an integral part of emergency care across the county."
The Mental Health Street Triage is a partnership between East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT), Bedfordshire Police, EEAST, Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Luton Clinical Commissioning Group and mental health charities Mind BLMK and the Samaritans.
Jaki Whittred from Bedfordshire Police said: “The Mental Health Street Triage team are continuing to work incredibly hard to ensure patients across the county are accessing appropriate care. I am really proud that the scheme has been shortlisted for this prestigious award, and that the partnership working between all agencies involved is being recognised nationally.”
Gail Dearing, ELFT’s Bedfordshire Mental Health Street Triage lead: “The focus of the street triage partners is to make sure people experiencing a mental health crisis get the right care at the earliest possible opportunity.
“We are delighted that our efforts to provide a proactive frontline mental health service have been recognised.
“This nomination is testament to the dedication of the triage staff and the teams working behind the scenes who provide invaluable support.”
Initiative which ensures patients experiencing a mental health crisis have access to appropriate care has been short listed for a national award.