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Buddying scheme is improving care for people in mental health crisis

A collaborative project is creating a safe place for people in crisis
Skills swap

A collaborative project is creating a place of safety for people detained under the Mental Health Act

Mental health nurses at a London hospital are buddying with emergency nurses to improve care for patients in crisis, as part of a new collaborative initiative.

The three-month project intends to develop a better care pathway for service users who have been detained by the police and brought to Northwick Park Hospital (NPH) as a place of safety, under section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007).

The two sets of nurses swap skills and deliver training to each other at NPH, which is run by London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust.

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