Custody Liaison and Diversion

Short Title Custody Liaison and Diversion
Category Crisis care
Organisation Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust
Contact Name Simon Thorneycroft
Contact Email
Web Link
Sector Health Police
Region Dorset
Postcode DT73PG
Active Yes

MH practitioners are being embedded within custody blocks. They cover 7 days per week from 07:00 to 19:00hrs. Working from therse locations they are able to screen detainees and ensure that correct support is provided e.g. signposting to other services, calling MHA assessments etc.


Improvement in the service provided to vulnerable persons and improved decision making by police officers. There is a raised awareness amongst officers of mental illness, its impact and the medical resources available.

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