A free public talk on 7th December gives an insider’s view of the street triage team, a pioneering collaboration between Thames Valley Police and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust where police offers and mental health professionals work side by side.

The scheme aims to improve the outcomes and experience of people who come into contact with the police while in a mental health crisis.

Inspiring stories

Naomi Evans and Vanessa Odlin from Oxford Health will be sharing some of their inspiring stories of working together with the police to deliver care those that need it the most. Naomi has worked for Oxford Health for over 30 years and is both a general and mental health nurse and an adult psychotherapist. She is currently the Service Manager for the Urgent Care Pathway which includes Street Triage. Vanessa is the Head of Service for Oxfordshire Adult Mental Health Services. She manages all the community and inpatient services within Oxfordshire as well as the Urgent Care Pathway, which includes Street Triage.

Thames Valley Police’s Inspector Pete Scott, who is often the first person to make contact with people in need of help, will share his perspective on how working with mental health practitioners has transformed the police’s awareness of mental health problems. He will also talk about his personal experience of working in the street triage team alongside mental health practitioners.

Public lecture

Titled ‘Caring for people in crisis’, the lecture is part of the Health Matters talks, a series of free events organised by Oxford Health that explore health topics and highlight the impact of our health services.

The talk takes place at 6pm on Wednesday 7 December 2016 at Oxford Brookes University. Visit Oxford Health for more information and to book a place.

Street Triage Service

The Street Triage Service was born out of a pilot programme in 2013, as Oxford Health joined forces with Thames Valley Police to become one of nine national pilots for a mental health Street Triage.

Since then, surveys of the people coming in contact with the police and policer offers themselves have rated the service very highly.

In addition, during the pilot year of the street triage service, the number of people sectioned by the police in Oxfordshire fell by nearly 40%. Repeat detentions of this type fell by 60%.