Leaving Accident & Emergency @MentalHealthCop

Mental Health Cop

This is one of those BLOG posts that I feel I’ve written before – but I keep getting queries and long email threads to read from various professionals who’ve clearly been engaged in an epic-email debrief of some previous  melodrama where everyone thought they were a barrister.  The questions relate to frustrations about how to safeguard someone in an A&E department – this stuff just never seems to abate.  Of course, many people self-present to A&E in distress and we know from this year’s Care Quality Commission 2015 report Right Here, Right Now that around 5% of all patients in A&E are there for mental health problems.

We’ve seen the expansion of liaison psychiatry services and mental health nurse support to their A&E colleagues.  We also know that the ambulance service, bereft as they are of referral pathways to specialist mental health services, have no other option in many areas…

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