A Triage pilot scheme is being set up by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust and Tameside Division of GMP to help deal with with people the police come into contact with who have mental health problems.
The police regularly encounter people with mental health issues and have to make decisions on the ground without any specialist help, officers in Tameside deal with 120 - 140 incidents a month involving people who are mentally ill.
The scheme will enable officers to call upon the help of specialist Psychatrict nurses when dealing with incidents. The mental health professionals will be able to offer the best information and advice to help the police in these circumstances.
Mental Health Service Manager for Pennine care, Karen Maneely, said "this triage scheme will not only provide a helpline for officers on the ground but will also make sure that vulnerable individuals are made known to the mental health services enabling them to receive the best care."
Inspector Emma Taylor Tameside Division of GMP added "police officers often have to make decisions without knowing the full picture, this scheme will make it easier, and can only help improve the outcome for the individual who is suffering with mental health issues."
The scheme is being rolled out for 5 weeks with a view to it becoming permanent if successful.
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