Photo gallery: Mental Health Award finalist Jane Murphy

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Mental Health Award finalist - Nursing Standard Nurse Awards 2015

Jane Murphy

Jane is lead nurse for a street triage scheme preventing people in crisis being detained in custody under section 136 of the Mental Health Act.

Operation Emblem has a nurse accompany police officers to incidents when a person may be in crisis.

Officers have limited mental health training and often make decisions based more on resources and risk aversion than a robust assessment of individual needs, says Jane.

If a mental health nurse is at the scene, they will be able to arrange the least restrictive but most appropriate treatment and follow up through better co-ordination with health colleagues. This avoids lengthy and potentially distressing waits in A&E or police cells.

The scheme has had significant success. Over the past 11 months, 734 incidents were attended during 278 shifts. The team intervened at 89 incidents where officers were considering using a section 136 and advised arresting only ten. All were sectioned, indicating the arrests were appropriate.