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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
Better Together

British Transport Police Psychiatric Nurse Liaison Team

The implementation of the pilot British Transport Police Psychiatric Nurse Liaison Team will ensure the employment of mental health staff to support British Transport Police public protection officers in their response to emergency incidents involving people with suspected mental illness. They work as a joint team to tackle predominantly mental health and suicidal behaviour on the railways.

Alongside preservation of life, and reducing the risks and distress that attempted suicides cause, an aim will be to reduce the number of unnecessary detentions made under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983, at police stations or in hospitals, through better decision making following professional advice.

It ensures people suffering from mental illness, or who are showing signs of suicidal behaviour, receive a more timely and better informed response, and that we have a more efficient means to make referrals to appropriate services that can provide them with the support they need following an incident.

Having a Psychiatric Liaison Team increases the level of mental health multi-agency engagement and officers’ confidence in dealing with vulnerable people and to liaise with mental health services geographical sphere of the service.