We are delighted to announce that two SIM teams at the British Transport Police have launched today. They will support MH Trusts, police forces and ambulance services all over the UK to better coordinate crisis response for people who repeatedly present in crisis on the rail network, or who use the rail network to travel to their crisis locations. This will indirectly therefore also better protect the public and passengers from impact and harm. Thank you to Network Rail for their support.
We are now in the final phase of team launch for two brand new SIM teams at the British Transport Police. These two teams will be based in London and Birmingham and will play a vital role in supporting SIM teams within territorial police forces and NHS Trusts to create high quality crisis care responses for service users who repeatedly use the rail network, either as a crisis location or to travel to a crisis location. Around 800 people repeatedly present in crisis to BTP officers on the rail network each year, often choosing extreme behaviours in order to seek help.
High intensity crisis care is a national problem requiring a national solution.
A single MH Trust cannot keep its own service users safe.
We all need to work together to enable the sharing of vital safeguarding information across health and 999 borders. That is why we are absolutely thrilled to welcome the BTP to the SIM family.
Thank you also to Network Rail for the funding that has enabled these two teams to launch. We have just trained your two teams in the past week. You have some outstanding officers and staff now preparing to go live at the end of the month.
Next week a global Law Enforcement and Public Health conference will take place, hosted virtually by the city of Philadelphia.
Our Network Director, Paul Jennings will be speaking on Friday 26th about how people in acute mental health crisis often cross local, regional, national and even international borders in distress (as he did in 2010).
He will highlight the need for each country to develop a compulsory national crisis care plan system and for all information governance laws and teams to enable the sharing of life-saving information and vital intelligence.
In the UK, the High Intensity Network is leading this solution and will be launching HISAFE, the UK's first national mental health crisis care plan system by the end of 2021.
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We are thrilled to announce that West Yorkshire Police and SW Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust will be launching a second team in the next few months, in the Kirklees Borough of the county.
This will be in partnership with the local Acute/A&E Trusts, the local AMHP teams and the Yorkshire Ambulance Service Frequent Caller Team