Mental health nurses join police on patrol


Mental health nurses are joining police on the beat to help and support people who may be experiencing a mental health crisis.

The scheme, known as street triage, sees police and mental health services join forces to provide immediate help.

In the past police may have had to detain that person under the Mental Health Act to get them the help they needed. However, with a mental health professional there may be no need for them to be admitted to hospital or detained.

A spokesman for Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said: “The mental health professionals in the street triage team covering Crawley already work in the Crawley area and are very experienced at dealing with people in mental health crisis in the locality. There will be a number of them working on a shift basis.”

They will be starting and ending their shift from Langley Green Hospital.

The nurses will be going out with police in the area on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, for 8 hour shifts from early afternoon until the evening.