Research Partnership


Congratulations to Dr Claire Warrington from the University of Brighton who became a Doctor last week. 

Claire has been working with us for a number of years informally, but she is now being funded to continue her research into high intensity mental health crisis. 

We will be supporting Claire's research as much as we can, so we can collectively improve our understanding of the unique characteristics of repeat crises. 

This will help us to further develop our work with these service users. 

Great news from our partners in the USA


We have been working alongside a great team of police officers, social workers and mental health practitioners in St Paul, Minnesota for a couple of years now. 

It was great to talk with them today to find out how their programme, (built on the same core principles as SIM) has been developing. They are now half way through their first year of operating and are helping around 160 people per quarter who have experienced a mental health crisis. All this work is done alongside the patient when they are not in crisis to help them to reduce the level of risk and harm they may present should another crisis hit. 

There is now an aspiration across all 12 policing organisations in their county to duplicate the 'Coordinated Response Model' and provide a consistent service for all their 410,000 citizens.

Its trauma informed policing. 

Its integrated team work. 

Its empowering each individual to shape their own future.

Congratulations to Angela and the team for all their hard work.

Congratulations to Southend


Today we are launching our latest team in Southend as we bring our 3 day course to a close. It has been a great week with around 20 different statutory and non statutory organisations attending the course.

The first service users have been identified and will now be much more consistently and confidently supported across the town and the wider boroughs.

Thanks to all who have made this possible.

Congratulations to Bedfordshire


Bedfordshire completed their 3 day High Intensity Course today and their first team will be fully operational from Monday, based from Bedfordshire Police HQ.

Lots of progress in Lancashire


A packed house yesterday for our High Intensity Crisis Care workshop, where we discussed the core pressures experienced by urgent care economies UK wide and solutions that can ease the stress and tensions felt by all teams. What was most impressive was the aspiration to deliver new solutions across the entire Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System. There were so many passionate health, police and 3rd sector leaders in the room yesterday. The future is definitely bright, despite the current local challenges. 

We will now be working towards delivering 4-5 high intensity intervention communities within the next few months.

Second Wiltshire Team launched today


Congratulations to Avon and Wiltshire NHS and Wiltshire Police who launched their second PHIM team today in the north/west area of Wiltshire. 

Work is in progress to launch their third team in Swindon later this year.

All of the first seven NHS Trusts that started a SIM team, have now increased the size of their teams, since launching.

Lots of great conversations this week


We had a fabulous week, travelling around the country meeting 7 different policing and Mental Health Trusts to discuss high intensity crisis care and potential new teams in Telford, Wakefield, Margate and Oxford.

Next week, we are spending time with our Wiltshire teams as they launch another team in the west of the county. 

Then on Wednesday, we will be helping the team in Hertfordshire with their final preparations before launch.

On Thursday, we travel down to Exeter to run our first project planning workshop for their first two teams, coming soon in Plymouth and Barnstaple.

And finally on Friday we are meeting with the Met Police to plan for the long term sustainability of their SIM London network.

Health Education England 'Blue Light' Round Table


We are delighted to have been invited to speak at the Houses of Parliament at the Blue Light Round Table Event on July 8th.

Meeting with NHS Digital


Today we are meeting with NHS Digital in Leeds to discuss the National Record Locator. The NRL is a new IT network that will span the entire NHS network to ensure that NHS staff in one part of the UK can access the care records of a patient who may have just arrived from another part of the country. The High Intensity Network will be able to use the NRL to ensure that all of our high intensity teams can search for and view the crisis care record of a mental health patient  who may have left their own NHS area whilst in crisis. This will help teams connect and speak to each other before key decisions are made, such as the decision to detain under the Mental Health Act or the decision regarding how to get the patient to a safe place. The NRL is already working with a small number of mental health trusts and ambulance services but the ambition is to ensure that every mental health trust and ambulance service are online and connected in the months to come. 

The work we will be completing for NHS Digital will ensure that all NHS mental health practitioners working within police and criminal justice teams also have equal access to the NRL. These NHS roles include: 

1. Mental Health practitioners in Police Control rooms.

2. Mental Health practitioners working within Street Triage response teams.

3. Mental Health practitioners working within police custody and court buildings. These teams are commonly called Liaison and Diversion teams.

4. Mental Health practitioners working within high intensity teams such as SIM.

The first 5 NHS mental health trusts to connect are:

Lancashire Care NHS

Cheshire & Wirrall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Humber NHS Foundation Trust

South London and Maudsley  NHS Foundation Trust

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Delivering the NHS Constitution


In response to a service user request we have today published a simple guide about how the High Intensity Network meets to the core principles and values of the National Health Service. These are outlined within a national document called the NHS Constitution. To find our guide, go to the 'Resources' section of the website.

The High Intensity Network works with: