The Police and Ambulance Services are two professions that often find themselves working collaboratively with one another, to help a patient in a mental health crisis out of hours. It has been noted that the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) lack in training in suicide prevention and there are problems with interagency working.
This one day course targets those working as paramedics and police officers and can be offered as a joint training day or separated and tailored to the professions and aims to enhance knowledge and confidence in assessing and managing crisis mental health presentations in out of hospital settings including people’s homes.
Recommendations have been made to suggest that the police force should have mandatory training available for staff and this should be developed in partnership with experts. In 2014, a report highlighted the need for ‘further education for ambulance clinicians in mental capacity, how to assess it and how to apply appropriate aspects of the mental health legislation.’ Secondary to the recommendations made in the reports for both Police and London Ambulance Service (LAS) and the evidence for simulation training, Maudsley Simulation developed this course with an aim to address these concerns.