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Police: PaCA – The Statutory Regulations

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

This blog is part of the series which will cover, in detail, the amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983 within the Policing and Crime Act 2017. This post is one of several which relates not the amendments themselves, but to the implications arising from them.

For background to the series, see the introductory post which outlines why I’m doing this and what other specific issues will be covered concerning laws that will come in to effect in the next few months. Current Home Office estimations of timescales suggest late November / early December – but this is subject to a number of factors and may change.


The Mental Health Act (Police Stations as a Place of Safety) Regulations 2017 have been much awaited. (Until the full link appears online, see p17 of the UK Government guidance document.) They will now be much debated, I suspect, because we now know how the Government are framing the future use of police custody as a Place of Safety. Starting at the very beginning, for those who are not sure, statutory Regulations,...

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Police: The Angiolini Review

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

Theresa May, as Home Secretary, commissioned an independent review in 2015 on deaths following police custody or contact and appointed Dame Elish Angiolini QC, former Lord Advocate of Scotland, to lead it. Deborah Coles, chief executive of Inquest, was appointed as special advisor to the review and it has finally been published today, along with a full thirty-page response by the Government. The review came about, in part, because of meetings Theresa May had as Home Secretary with the families of Seni Lewis and Kingsley Burrell, who both died in NHS hospitals whilst detained under the Mental Health Act after the police were called in to the inpatient units where they were held by healthcare staff. That said, the review is not specific to policing incidents related to mental health issues but that is a major theme, as you would expect. Indeed, the report looks not only at policing despite being commissioned by the Secretary of State with responsibility for the police: it also looks at the whole process of post-incident investigation, fully...

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Police: Oddly Enough …

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

Oddly enough … trying to wade your way through some of the most sensitive issues in all of public policy isn’t straight-forward. Deaths in police custody … the use of force on vulnerable people … when, if ever, to prosecute a vulnerable person … navigating ‘pathways’ and processes which span multiple criminal justice agencies and even more health and other services … this stuff isn’t easy and there are no silver bullets. You actually have to have a sense of what you’re trying to achieve by knowing the objective you’re pursuing, finding out what’s actually going on and working out how on earth you square the various circles, bearing in mind you will meet plenty of people who disagree with you no matter what you think the problems are, what the answers might be or how much effort you’ve put in to reaching them. Miss out the first part, as our politics (small p) often does, and you’re left with an intuitive need (for the police) to “Do Something!!”

Oddly enough … when you start trying to work out what is the...

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Police: Land of Confusion

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

This week, two piles of data were published which touch on my area of interest: firstly, NHS Digital published their newly formatted data on the use of the Mental Health Act 1983 – new format will save £350,000 in statistics related costs, apparently! And secondly, the Home Office published their Annual Data Return from police services which, for the very first time, includes data on the use of section 136 of the Mental Health Act (MHA).

They say entirely different things, obviously! – it would be quite boring if they’d been consistent because then my phone wouldn’t have rung all day long with people asking what the hell is going on. I’d have got to enjoy a lunch out with my son on his half-term and returned home to get so much work done that I might have would have wondered what on earth I would do with my Friday … local business wouldn’t have been so well supported by me uncharacteristically reaching for a beer on my Thursday night.

And, no – I don’t have much of an idea about what’s going on, either!

BASICS

I’ve argued a...

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Police: Mental Health v Criminal Justice

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

It’s all too often a contest, of sorts – or perhaps a stand-off?! … two massive paradigms of state intervention, constituted and resourced for a certain set of separate public purposes, governed by separate laws that were (substantively) written around the same time, in the early 80s; and yet in so many important respects, they overlap and expose each other’s problems and shortcomings in a “mental health is from mars and criminal justice from venus” kind of way. If only the main purposes of each weren’t focussed on people from earth! – the public we’re all here to serve.

If you want to read something exceptional on this, try Professor Jill Peay’s book, shown in the image above. This post is borne of a thread on the Masked AMHP Facebook group – an AMHP asking about a scenario where a man is in custody for GBH. The ‘mental health triage’ nurse in custody called for a Mental Health Act assessment and the doctors he contacted suggested they should not even assess the person, because the only recourse they would...

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Police: Be Kind, Be Patient

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

You may have seen that internet meme bouncing around on social media, above? This post is essentially about how this advice may be more important than things we spend much longer talking and worrying about. I’ve been caused over the years to read a lot of books that have been pushed in my direction, in lieu of any proper training on what I do; also to catch snippets of CPD really designed for AMHPs and mental health nurses when I’ve been waiting to give presentations to them, or when I’ve been hanging around afterwards. In the course of doing my job, I’ve received hundreds if not thousands of emails and social contacts over the years from patients, their families or carers about police training on mental health related matters.

Calls for training seem to be the number one recommendation of reports and complaints which examine where things have gone awry and training, I agree, is important: this stuff is an area of policing which touches up against disciplines with complicated diagnostics criteria, psychopharmacology and awkward legal...

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Police: Still Too Many Questions

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

I wrote last week about three separate process which had concluded after adverse events involving the police and their response to mental health calls. I mentioned the conclusion of the inquest in to the sad death of Joseph Phuong and couldn’t say much about it as details weren’t covered in the media. I heard about this case shortly after it happened, when discussing policing and mental health matters with the Metropolitan Police and had awaited the inquest, interested in the view that would be taken of how events had unfolded – but I was aware I didn’t know anything like the full picture and I still don’t. I don’t know whether the Coroner will issue a ‘Regulation 28’ Preventing Future Deaths report, but I would imagine, if it’s coming, it will be worth reading. The IPCC have also suggested they’d review whether or not they can publish their report in to the conduct of Metropolitan Police officers and I await that decision with equal interest because there seems more to reflect on in this case.

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Police: PaCA – Place of Safety Options

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

This blog is part of the series which will cover, in detail, the amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983 within the Policing and Crime Act 2017. This post is one of several which relates not the amendments themselves, but to the implications arising from them.

For background to the series, see the introductory post which outlines why I’m doing this and what other specific issues will be covered concerning laws that will come in to effect in the next few months. Current Home Office estimations of timescales suggest late November / early December – but this is subject to a number of factors and may change.


Under current law, a Place of Safety is “a hospital, a police station or anywhere else temporarily willing …” to receive the person. The definition has always allowed “anywhere” to qualify as a PoS, subject to the ‘temporarily willing’ part, but the grammar of this sentence has caused confusion. More than one A&E department has argued ‘temporarily willing’ also applies to hospitals acting as a Place of...

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Police: A Difficult and Complex Week

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

There will be a number of families and a number of police officers across the UK who have had a very difficult weekend of reflection – this has been a complicated and busy week in policing and mental health. Firstly, three West Midlands Police officers were cleared on Wednesday of perjury and perverting the course of justice in a criminal court trial which lasted a month, over six years after the death of Kingsley Burrell; then on Friday, six Metropolitan Police officers were cleared of gross misconduct in a disciplinary hearing chaired by an independent legal official and a non-Metropolitan Police chief officer; and finally on Friday afternoon, an inquest concluded in to the death of Joseph Phuong in south-west London after police officers used section 136 of the Mental Health Act and struggled to find any NHS building that would allow access for assessment of his condition. We’re still waiting on details to emerge on this last case and I’ll update once I know more.

Three men died in the care and control of the state: so the...

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Police: Mental Health Act Review

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

We learned this week of Professor Sir Simon Wessely’s appointment by the Prime Minister to review the Mental Health Act 1983 and since then, he has spoken to my boss, Chief Constable Mark Collins, to ensure the police contribute to the debate about the realities of our work, the problems and issues we face from a legal point of view. The boss asked me to start thinking of points to raise for discussion – not because we have any fixed view or are being asked to write any kind of Christmas list, but because there are probably certain debates we would hope Sir Simon’s review might address that affect policing and the broader emergency and mental health systems of which we form a small but important part.

So these are not final thoughts, proposals or demands! – it’s just a list of things I’ve recommended to Mr Collins that we ask Sir Simon’s team to consider finalising, one way or the other, amidst the much broader work that such a review must get in to. Police stuff is a growing and important, but nonetheless small part of the...

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