Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Mental Health Detention in Region Highest Bar Capital

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Mental Health Detention in Region Highest Bar Capital

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Byline: Helen Rae Health Reporter

THE number of people in the North East detained under the Mental Health Act is among the highest in the country, it has been revealed.

Latest figures on detentions show that 73.8 people per 100,000 were detained in NHS facilities in the region in 2013/14.

This is the second highest in England, just behind London at 88.1 people per 100,000.

The Mental Health Act gives police powers to take people who appear to be suffering from a mental disorder to a "place of safety" for assessment for up to 72 hours - in the interests of the health or safety of the person, or the protection of the public.

After assessment, the person will either be taken to hospital if not already there and detained under another section of the Act, admitted informally to hospital, or released.

Figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre show that Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW) had a total of 860 patients detained under the Mental Health Act in 2013/14 - the highest in the region.

Health chiefs at the trust say they are investing resources into their crisis care and working with police to help them reduce inappropriate detentions to police stations, which is why the detention on admissions to their hospitals is high.

NTW nurse director Anthony Deery said: "The trust believes crisis care to be a hugely important part of our services, and as a trust we have invested a significant amount of resource into improving access and treatment to services.

"The trust is currently taking forward a collaborative piece of work with partners to ensure that all key agencies are signed up to the expectations set out in the Government's Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat, and have agreed action plans to support the local delivery of effective mental health crisis care. …

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