The High Intensity Network is leading and coordinating new standards of crisis care across the NHS and other emergency services, specifically for people struggling with highly intensive patterns of trauma, mental health problems and behavioural disorders.

Our work supports these patients so that they can truly be at the centre of their own care, as we empower and mentor them towards safer and healthier lives. Our model of care gradually reduces risk and harm to both themselves and others. It also reduces the chance of criminal justice contact and it assists front line crisis response teams to make more appropriate, less reactive and more consistent decisions.

Slowly we are beginning to support this group of patients in much more effective ways; changing life stories, one patient at a time.

Our work is currently funded by NHS England and supported by both the NHS Innovation Accelerator and the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) National Programme.

We work with key government organisations such as the Home Office, the National Police Chief's Council (NPCC), the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Service (HMICFRS) and the Association for Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE).

We are an 'NHS70' innovation and winner of 4 national mental health awards for 'Integrated Care', 'Patient Safety' and 'Mental Health'. We have also been recognised for our contribution towards 'Supporting Clinical Care', 'Improving Partnership Working' and 'Managing Long Term Conditions'.

We are also working alongside NHS Digital to support the roll out of the National Record Locator across various 'Health and Justice' teams.

Our work supports key objectives and values of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, the NHS Long Term Plan and the NHS Constitution.

We are now working with around 35 Mental Health Trusts and 30 Police Forces across England. Together, we are in the process of launching over 60 high intensity intervention teams, from Carlisle in the north to Plymouth in the South.

We are also advising health and policing teams in the Netherlands and the USA.

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