An initiative that ensures patients who are experiencing mental health crises are given the correct care quickly is set to highlight its work in a real time Twitter-thon.
The Bedfordshire and Luton Mental Health Street Triage (MHST) team will be live tweeting on Monday (27th March) from 3pm – 1am Tuesday (28th March), showcasing the variety of incidents they respond to, the collaborative work between services, and the integral part of emergency care the scheme is already becoming.
The MHST is a joint scheme that involves a paramedic from the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST), a police officer from Bedfordshire Police, and a mental health professional from the East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) combining forces in one car, set up to respond to mental health crisis calls 365 days a year.
EEAST Senior Paramedic Lisa Merkitt said: “We hope to highlight the positive impact this scheme is having to the people of Bedfordshire and Luton when they are suffering a mental health crisis. Not only do we try and make a significant impact on their lives, but we also aim to reduce hospital admissions in the area, something which we hope people will see through our tweets.”
Gail Dearing, Associate Director of Social Care for Bedfordshire and Luton said: “The introduction of the Mental Health Street Triage team means that people who are in a distressed state, or who feel frightened and unsafe, can be approached in a skilful manner. With all the key people involved from the outset, people can be managed in a calm and measured way to get them to the right help.”
The multi-agency pilot has also been shortlisted in the Mental Health Category at the Patient Safety Awards, in addition to a nomination for a Health Service Journal Value in Healthcare award.
If you want to follow on the day, follow @EastEnglandAmb or use #MHST on Twitter.