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Mental health workers will be back in ESJCR by April

New pilot scheme after original wasn't adopted as 'normal practice'

Mental health workers will be reinstated to work in the Emergency Services Joint Control Room again later this year.

The Department of Health and Social Care has confirmed a new pilot scheme will start in April after a previous initiative, in 2017, wasn’t adopted as normal practice.

Members of the CRISIS team will be based at the ESJCR, at Police Headquarters, between 4pm and 8pm seven days a week.

Lawrie Hooper is the minister:

Last year government was encouraged to review its decision to end the original pilot scheme by His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabularies and Fire and Rescue Services.

Inspectors were complimentary of the Mental Health Police Liaison Scheme which saw nurses working in the custody suite giving advice and support to officers and the public.

The report highlighted that the Department of Home Affairs had rejected a business case from the Isle of Man Constabulary, in 2020, to make the scheme ‘normal practice’.

As a result mental health nurses moved back to Manannan Court and the use of powers to detain people with mental ill health in public increased.

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In Tynwald this week Mr Hooper told his political colleagues that whilst the previous scheme had proved beneficial there was a lack of formal structure, policies and procedures.

This, he said, had caused some ‘difficulties’ at an operational level.

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