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Quis custodiet IPSO?

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:39 PM 791 views

I must start by paying respects to the fallen in the horrific attacks in France yesterday and today. All of the victims, be they journalists, cartoonists or police officers, simply turned up for work. All expected to go home –…

No more chances

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:39 PM 793 views

I am going to start this blog with a warning. It will contain MY view of what just happened at the Police Federation Conference and will, at times, be a stream of conscience. This is not intended to try and…

The journey – not the destination

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:37 PM 877 views

This article caught my eye today. The headline about how “thousand of police officers have taken sick leave due to ‘stress’ brought on by cuts” is misleading and unhelpful. I have a real issue with the word “stress”. When we talk about…

Police can no longer be "Plan B"

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:37 PM 492 views

This week I have been told of a case which pretty much typifies the title of this blog. The situation arose when a man called the police for help as his partner, a mental health sufferer with a range of…

Mind the gap

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:36 PM 981 views

Panorama’s “Locked up for being ill” programme has certainly generated some conversation this week. The timing of its broadcast dovetailed neatly with the Superintendents Association annual conference as well as the Police Federation’s Custody Forum. You only have to see…

A foot in both camps

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:36 PM 772 views

Over the last few weeks I have enjoyed following @Northwestdoc. It has struck me that much of what Dr Holmes as said has rung true with what I have been saying and, coming from a medical professional, this really interested…

The other way around

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:36 PM 883 views

The ever wonderful and erudite @MentalHealthCop has written this superb blog as his statement to the Care Quality Commission ahead of their review of Emergency Mental Health Care. Michael really has covered just about everything that needs to be said but I…

Back to school

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:36 PM 826 views

Two of the largest public institutions in the United Kingdom are taking a bit of a hammering at the moment. The NHS is currently having its performance culture dissected with clinical precision whilst the police are barely out of the…

The definitions of IT implementation

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:35 PM 802 views

Today, I had some eagerly awaited IT training. We have been awaiting the arrival of this kit for about 18 months and it is due to roll out next week. The conversation with the trainer went like this: “We are…

One step forward – one step back?

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:35 PM 592 views

Today, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary have published a joint report with the Care Quality Commission, Healthcare Inspectorate Wales and HM Inspectorate of Prisons into the use of police cells for persons detained under the Mental Health Act 1983. This matter has…

It’s all we have and it has to change

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:34 PM 934 views

An interesting debate is ongoing at work. Officers are becoming increasingly aware of the fact that they actually have no powers to deal with mental health crises in private places and are beginning to openly ask the question “So what…

Could do better – MUCH better

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:34 PM 1,088 views

An interesting article in Police Oracle today which says the police officers are spending, on average, an hour a day dealing with mental health issues. I think any serving cop in the country would tell you that this is a conservative (with…

The right tools for the wrong job

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:34 PM 1,238 views

On Sunday just gone I was very honoured (but slightly nervous) to know that the Sunday Express were going to be basing an article on policing and mental health from my blogs. The full article can be read here. If…

Silence is golden?

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:34 PM 2,117 views

A doctor and a police officer are both worried about management practices in their organisations. The doctor thinks that chasing targets is affecting clinical decision making and affecting patient safety. The police officer thinks that chasing targets is causing dysfunctional…

Lower your shields!

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:33 PM 1,096 views

“Accountability” is very much the theme of the day. It has certainly become part of the language of government in that their use of the term “holding to account” has become frequently heard. The introduction of Police and Crime Commissioners…

Abstaining is NOT a “no” vote

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:32 PM 836 views

Until about three days ago I had decided to abstain from the forthcoming Police Federation ballot on whether we should attempt to get industrial rights. This was a personal and considered decision based on my own views of the ballot.…

Reform or perform?

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:32 PM 1,027 views

We are repeatedly told that the Police Service was crying out for “reform” but I would argue that when you aren’t allowed to perform then all the “reform” in the world will achieve nothing. This Government has certainly taken the…