20 March 2017
The multi-agency Mental Health Street Triage project has been shortlisted for another prestigious award. 

The project has been shortlisted in the Mental Health Category at the Patient Safety Awards, due to be held in July in Manchester. The news comes shortly after the project was shortlisted for a prestigious Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value in Healthcare award. 

Bedfordshire Mental Health Street Triage is a partnership between East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT), Bedfordshire Police, East of England Ambulance Trust, Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Luton Clinical Commissioning Group and mental health charities Mind BLMK and the Samaritans. 

The multi-agency scheme involves a police officer, paramedic and mental health professional teaming up in one car to respond to mental health crisis calls 365 days a year. They cover the whole county, operating from 3pm – 1am, with bases at police headquarters in Kempston and at Luton Police Station. 

The team attend incidents where there is an immediate threat to life – someone threatening to self-harm, or commit suicide – or where a third party has called the police or ambulance and expressed concern for someone. Police and ambulance control rooms contact the team direct and signpost them to incidents. 

Chief Inspector Jaki Whittred from Bedfordshire Police said: “It’s a real honour for the project to be nominated for a second award, and a testament to the hard work of the team who are providing valuable support to people experiencing a mental health crisis, as well as the organisations who have worked so hard to get the project up and running.”