Attend the Mental Health and Policing conference

Key speakers will include frontline representatives from different forces

​Officers and staff are invited to attend the national Mental Health and Policing conference next month.

Hosted by the College of Policing and the National Police Chiefs' Council, delegates will have the opportunity to hear lectures from speakers including national lead for disability and local policing Chief Constable Simon Cole and Commander Christine Jones, national lead for mental health.

The future of street triage will be a key topic for a series of workshops with representatives from Devon and Cornwall Police, Leicestershire Police and West Midlands Police. The breakout sessions will cover different topics, including control room triage and double-crewed cars.

There will also be sessions hosted by Christine Marriott, chief executive of charity Revolving Doors, and a joint presentation from Northumbria Police and the Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust – the only mental health trust in the UK to have a clinical police liaison nurse.

Inspector Michael Brown, College lead for mental health, said: "The conference is shaping up to be a really interesting event, with lots of opportunity for some detailed discussions with criminal justice representatives who know about the challenges associated with mental health and policing. In addition, we're expecting to be addressed by a service user, who will be speaking anonymously about their experiences.

"Triage is a key issue to be discussed on the day and we've deliberately chosen speakers from forces that have different perspectives. It will be a chance to understand the learning that various areas have gone through to integrate emergency mental health care."

Attending the conference, to be held in Warwickshire on 24 May, costs £150. For more information or to register, visit  the website.

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