Mental health work recognised by police
Six staff from Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust have received commendations from Northumbria Police.
They were invited to an awards ceremony to receive their awards from Sharon Scott, Chief Superintendent for the Northern Area Command.
The commendation recognises the value of collaborative working between the police and nursing staff.
Chief Supt Scott said: “I was so impressed with the nursing staff, I felt it only right that they should receive an Area Command Commander’s Compliment. Their work was outstanding and incredibly deserving of recognition. Efforts like this go to show how effective working together with partner organisations can be.”
The award is normally reserved for members of the police force. This is the first time it has been awarded to NHS staff.
As a result of successfully working together, staff from St George’s Park in Morpeth now attend any relevant after action review boards, which reviews police incidents.
Victoria Scott, clinical nurse nanager at the Trust, a provider of mental health and disability services,said: “As far as we know, this is a unique collaboration between the police and the NHS and it is proving very beneficial to both organisations.”