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Mental health pilot scheme

News from the Lincs Free Press and Spalding Guardian, spaldingtoday.co.uk, @LincsFreePress on Twitter

News from the Lincs Free Press and Spalding Guardian, spaldingtoday.co.uk, @LincsFreePress on Twitter

Lincolnshire is piloting a new approach to mental health emergencies, with nurses, police and paramedics together to provide the best possible care for vulnerable people.

The pilot, launched on Tuesday and jointly funded by the NHS and Lincolnshire Police, has mental health nurses and paramedics attending incidents where police officers believe people need immediate mental health support.

The dedicated car and team of healthcare professionals are operating throughout the county to ensure people with mental health issues are kept out of police custody and receive the right treatment and care. The pilot service is activated by 999 emergency calls received by the ambulance service central call centre seven days’ a week.

The pilot service is already having an impact by reducing unnecessary demand on A&E resources.

 

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