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Mental health plan 'will help cut reoffending'

Plans to base mental health teams in police stations and courts in north east London will help cut reoffending and reduce health inequalities, a doctor for NHS England said.

Dr Alison Frater, Head of Public Health and Health in the Justice System at NHS England in London, said:

People with mental health issues and other vulnerabilities who come into contact with the youth and adult justice systems often don’t get the support and treatment they need and even when they do, it doesn’t happen very quickly.

This pilot will help ensure individuals can get the right help in a timely manner, so we can cut health inequalities, improve physical and mental health, reduce crime and re-offending, and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the criminal justice system.

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Met launch mental health scheme in stations and courts

Mental health teams will be placed in police stations and courts across north east London under a new pilot scheme designed to cut reoffending.

ITV London News' Ronke Phillips was at the launch of the scheme. Credit: ITV News/Ronke Phillips

Police said the initiative will reach more than 2.5 million people at seven courts and 13 custody suites and would ensure vulnerable adults and young people can be assessed at an early stage.

Evidence shows that a third of young people who have committed offences have mental health needs, and a fifth have a learning disability.

Officers said they hoped the scheme would enable people to get the help they need as well as reducing the burden on police and the courts.

Mental health nurses posted in London police stations

Mental health nurses will be posted at police stations across London from next month.

It is part of a pilot scheme to help forces assess vulnerable people and if necessary refer them for appropriate treatment.

If successful, the programme is expected to be rolled out across the country by 2017.

Policing Minister Damian Green said: "When someone is suffering a mental health crisis, the police are often the first to arrive on the scene.

"While the police cannot and should not provide the necessary medical support and treatment, they need to be able to recognise mental health issues and deal with them appropriately.

"The police also need their health partners to be ready to step in and provide medical support for people in crisis."

Missing mental health patient found

Marvin Walters, 28, went missing from Lewisham yesterday. Credit: Met Police

A man who had gone missing from a secure mental health unit has been found by police, Scotland Yard has said.

Marvin Walters, 28, has been returned to hospital.

He was reported missing from the unit in Lewisham, south east London, yesterday and police warned he was considered a risk to the public.

Judge orders London doctors to operate on a mentally-ill woman

A High Court judge last night gave permission for doctors to perform a caesarian on a mentally ill patient Credit: PA

London doctors were given permission to perform an urgent Caesarean section on a mentally-ill woman last night.

A High Court judge ordered the surgery after concluding that the woman lacked the mental capacity to make the decision at a hearing in the Court of Protection yesterday.

Mr Justice Hayden gave specialists working for the Royal Free London NHS Trust the go-ahead late last night. Lawyers representing the trust today said the baby had been delivered without any problem in the early hours and the woman had hugged a surgeon after recovering consciousness.

The judge described the decision as "draconian", but said he had heard evidence that the woman's life might have been in danger and had concluded the woman, who is 32 and was 32 weeks pregnant, lacked the mental capacity to make the decision herself.



Judge: Decision on Caesarean taken 'very seriously'

A High Court Judge heard a pregnant woman was thought to be suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and had attempted suicide.

The decision to compel a Caesarean Section on an incapacitous woman who is mentally and physically ill is an extremely draconian one,

Doctors do not embark upon this lightly. It occurs extremely rarely. It is one that the lawyers also take very seriously indeed.

– High Court judge Mr Justice Hayden.

As he ruled that doctors should be given permission to perform a urgent The judge said neither the woman nor the hospital could be identified but he said the health authority could and should be named.

He said the scrutiny of doctors' conduct could only "serve to reassure public confidence".

The Court of Protection is part of the High Court and analyses issues relating to sick and vulnerable people.

£26bn cost of mental health

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An estimated one in four Londoners will experience a mental health condition. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

The scale of mental ill health in London is costing the capital around £26 billion a year, according to a new report.

An estimated one in four Londoners will experience a mental health condition.

According to a Department of Health report, the impact of mental ill health is greater than cancer and cardiovascular disease.

It represents around 22.8% of the total, compared to 15.9% and 16.2% respectively. Close to £7.5 billion is spent each year to address mental ill health in London.

This includes spending on health and social care to treat illness and costs to education services and the criminal justice system.

However, a total £26 billion is lost to London each year through such issues as reduced quality of life and productivity.


Mental health support at police stations welcomed

The Centre for Mental Health has welcomed plans for mental health professionals to be placed in prison stations as part of a drive to reduce reoffending by mentally ill patients.

Liaison and diversion teams provide immediate advice and help to the police when they arrest someone with a mental health difficulty. They can screen for mental health problems and learning difficulties in both adults and children who come into police custody and secure the right support for those who need it.

We are pleased that the Government has given the go-ahead to further development of liaison and diversion services. This year it will be five years since the Bradley Report was published and it is vital that good quality mental health support for adults and children alike is available in every police station and court in England.

– Centre for Mental Health chief executive Sean Duggan

Mental health nurses to help police and courts in London

Mental health nurses are to be posted in police stations and courts in London in an attempt to reduce reoffending by mentally ill criminals.

The £25 million scheme is also being piloted in Merseyside, Avon and Wiltshire, Leicester, Sussex, Dorset, Sunderland and Middlesbrough, Coventry, south Essex and Wakefield over the next year.

We want to help them get the right support and treatment as early as possible. Diverting the individual away from offending and helping to reduce the risk of more victims suffering due to further offences benefits everyone.

– Care and support minister Norman Lamb

If the pilot is successful, the measure will be rolled out across the rest of the country by 2017.

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