Since December 2013, Thames Valley Police (TVP) in partnership with Oxford Health have been running a Street Triage pilot.
TVP is one of 9 Forces funded by the Department of Health to undertake a year-long project in Oxfordshire. Oxfordshire Street Triage Project Board Terms of Reference (June 2014) (PDF), along with a Memorandum Of Understanding (PDF)
Street triage refers to a service where clinical mental health professionals accompany or assist police at mental health related incidents. The aim is to improve the overall experience and access to appropriate care pathways for persons with mental ill health who present to the police in a “crisis” state.
The pilot will end in December 2014 when a period of evaluation will commence. Any future operation of the service will then need to be funded by Oxfordshire CCG if it is to continue.
There is now considerable interest in the pilot across different localities in Thames Valley due to awareness raised by the Street Triage Conference 4 July 2014 and the Crisis Care Concordat on 17 September 2014.
The current service operates 7 days a week from 6pm to 2am with a mental health practitioner (MHP) working alongside a police officer. The MHP is available to deploy with the police officer to incidents within Oxford City and can provide advice by phone to any officers in other areas of Oxfordshire who are presented with an incident involving apparent mental ill health.
Outside of the hours of 6pm – 2am, there is a single telephone point of contact at Oxford Health available as an advice line for county wide police. The Operational Policy – Street Triage Operating Policy (June 2014) (PDF)
Further information can be found by contacting Inspector Jan Penny – Jan.Penny@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
Here is the latest analysis from August 2014: August Triage Presentation (PDF)