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News : Specialist Team to Handle Mental Health Emergency Call-outs
June 24, 2014 -- Mental health nurses are to work with police and paramedics to deal with emergency call-outs in Lincolnshire.
The pilot street triage scheme will see mental health nurses and paramedics attending incidents where police officers believe people need immediate mental health support.
The dedicated car and team of healthcare professionals are operating throughout the county to ensure people with mental health issues are kept out of police custody and receive the right treatment and care.
The pilot service is activated by 999 emergency calls received by the ambulance service central call centre seven days a week.
We are delighted to be involved in yet another scheme with our key partners to help ensure people who need mental health care get the right support and at the same time reduce demand on the emergency services. – Dr. John Brewin, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
We're very excited by this pilot, as it promises to deliver better outcomes for people needing services, as well as reducing the demand on police officer time in dealing with mental health related incidents. – Chief Inspector Chris Davison, Lincolnshire Police
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Thursday, June 26, 2014