In 2017, London’s Crisis Care Programme developed multiagency training sessions to support the preparation of local systems for section 136 (s136) Mental Health Act (MHA) legislation changes in November 2017. These were initially held in each of London’s mental health trusts and at London Ambulance Service (LAS). The training focused on MHA and aligning local policies to London’s s136 pathway and Health Based Place of Safety specification. It covered the roles and responsibilities for staff along the s136 pathway, particularly in light of the legislative changes.
Recognising challenges for the care of s136 patients in emergency departments (EDs), Healthy London Partnership (HLP) also developed and carried out a series of bespoke training sessions in 2018-19 to specifically focus on the role of EDs.
An evaluation was carried out to assess the effectiveness and impact of the training through attendee feedback, collected via tailored evaluation forms, and identify areas for improvement in future training opportunities.
Since its launch in June 2017, there have been 935 attendees from Mental health trusts, emergency departments, LAS, local authorities (AMHPs) and police. The training has received excellent feedback with 94-95% satisfaction across the sessions and 86-89% of attendees reporting that the training would make a difference to the way they did their job.
Here are key findings from the multiagency Mental Health Act Training evaluation.
In order to keep staff up to date, reach those unable to attend and train new staff, organisations along the s136 pathway will need to continue to provide training on the topics covered within the multiagency training.
To support this, a toolkit has been developed.
London’s Crisis Care Programme can also be contacted for further advice and support with contacting local police, AMHPs and paramedics to join the local training: firstname.lastname@example.org.