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Mental Health Summit 2014


Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles recently hosted  a multi-agency event to examine mental health provision across the county and identify opportunities for improvement in the care of vulnerable people.

Senior health professionals, criminal justice experts, social care providers and policing representatives came together for the Mental Health Summit, held on June 25 at the Post Mill Centre in South Normanton. 

The event follows the launch of the Department of Health’s Crisis Care Concordat which has been signed by a multitude of professional agencies to improve the response to individuals in mental health crisis. Police and Crime Commissioners will play a leading role in the local action plans to be delivered in Derbyshire as part of the Concordat’s principles.  

The Summit explored  strategic issues around mental health and its impact on the criminal justice system and a wide range of leaders and people at the heart of mental health care from across the county signed the Department of Health’s Crisis Care Concordat at the summit in a bid to safeguard – and improve – the care and wellbeing of vulnerable people.

During the event, a number of themes were highlighted by specialists and professionals. These ranged from the sharing of statistics with the Criminal Justice System regarding health needs to more training on mental health issues for magistrates and probation officers. Other themes focused on more information sharing on regional evaluations with feedback from service users; the value of screening for early recognition of Learning Disability and related needs; and the difficulties of meeting additional responsibilities under the Care Act at a time of budget cuts.

 Speakers  Link to Presentation

Charlie Brooker, Honorary Professor of Criminal Justice and Health

Probation and Mental Health: the implications for the Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat

Howard Jasper, Youth Justice Board

Young People with Mental Health Needs - Service Transition

Suanne Lim, Head of YOS, Derby City Council.

 Young People in the Youth Justice System

Gary Knighton, Assistant Chief Constable Derbyshire Constabulary / Gary Parkin, Superintendent Derbyshire Constabulary / Tracey Holtam Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust.

Street Triage Project in Derbyshire

Julie Sankey, Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust.

Learning Disability Screening in Foston and Sudbury Prisons

Tom Pollard, Policy and Campaigns Manager (Social Inclusion and Rights), Mind UK.

At Risk, Yet Dismissed - The Experience of People with Mental Health Problems who are the Victims of Crime

Steve Trenchard, Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust.

Organisational Culture and Parity of Esteem

Hardyal Dhindsa, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire / David Gardner, Hardwick CCG.

Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat
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