The Nottingham street triage team is the winner of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Partnership Award, after less than a year of being active.
The team of specially-trained mental health nurses work with police officers to help people with mental health and disability issues get the care they need. They go on callouts in marked street triage cars when vulnerable people need immediate, on-the-spot mental health support.
The scheme has seen a huge fall in the number of people detained or taken to a dedicated place of safety for vulnerable people requiring psychiatric assessment.
It has also helped to reduce the number of people taken to emergency departments at local hospitals for problems that could be dealt with at home or in the community.
Simon Smith, Executive Director Local Services at Nottinghamshire Healthcare, said:
“This innovative service provides essential support to vulnerable people needing immediate mental health support, ensuring that they receive the best and most appropriate care to meet their needs. We are delighted that the team’s work has received such recognition.”