The Care Quality Commission have today published their report Right Here Right Now which outlines the results of their research into how people feel they have been treated by various agencies when they have experienced a mental health crisis.
The report should send shockwaves across all of the agencies involved as well as those charged with commissioning their services. I can only hope it detonates something and accelerates the glacial rate of change we have seen so far.
One of the main things I have noticed over the past 5 years or so is the increasing reliance on the police to perform functions for which they were never intended. Often, these functions are usually within the remit of other organisations who now simply have either no will or no resources to perform them.
Usually there is a phonecall from another organisation during which a crisis or situation is described and there is an attempt to seemingly transfer the risk and responsibility to the police.
In the last blog I talked generally about risk and how so much of police work is about the management of risk.
I discussed how easy it can be to achieve a target but miss the point – even in cases of high risk. I touched upon how risk has been ignored for too long as focus has been on types of crime rather than a crime’s individual effect on a victim.
For my first foray back into the world of blogs in a few months I would like to return to some themes I originally picked up in an earlier blog.
In Making A Drama Out Of A Crisis I discussed my thoughts on how “crises” should be managed and which agencies should be present to help manage them.
This followed a couple of incidents where, once again, people had died after police intervention in what appeared to be situations involving mental health. Read More…