Street triage team wins award

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MK’s mental health street triage service won Project of the Year at a prestigious awards ceremony in London last night.

The Street Triage Service sees Thames Valley Police officers and mental health professionals from NHS provider CNWL - which held the awards in London - working together to make sure people who are experiencing a mental health crisis get the appropriate care at the earliest possible opportunity.

The scheme has successfully reduced the number of Section 136 detentions by over 50 per cent since it began earlier this year.

By working together police, ambulance crews and mental health professionals have made sure people are given the right treatment increasing their rate of recovery.

It has also just received further funding following a successful pilot.

Inspector Lee Brace,who coordinates the street triage scheme in Milton Keynes for Thames Valley Police, said: “This award is recognition of all the hard work carried out by both Thames Valley Police and CNWL in delivering an improved mental health service to vulnerable people across Milton Keynes.

“It is a testament to what can be achieved when partners work together and has meant that individuals suffering from a mental health crisis are provided with the most appropriate level of care at the earliest possible opportunity, which is what the scheme is all about.”

Superintendent Gez Chiariello, Area Commander for Milton Keynes, said: “We are proud to have been given this award by CNWL.

“It proves that Thames Valley Police is delivering an excellent service to the public in Milton Keynes in respect of helping to ensure those with mental health treatment needs are dealt with at the earliest possible opportunity.”

Street Triage Team Manager Matt Jarrad said: “I’m chuffed to bits. This is a great team that I work with, including with Thames Valley Police, and the project has clearly shown great outcomes for the people we are working with.”