Mental Health Training for North Yorkshire Police Begins

9 January 2018 From today, frontline officers and staff at North Yorkshire Police are to receive mental health training developed through a partnership between the police, University of York, and Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV). The purpose of the training is to increase awareness and identification of mental health vulnerabilities, improve the recording of incidences involving …

New Article Published in “Trials” Journal

A new co-produced article: ‘Undertaking a randomised controlled trial in the police setting: methodological and practical challenges’ has been published in Trials journal. The article discusses a series of methodological and practical challenges that were experienced whilst conducting the Connect trial, including establishing the unit of randomisation; population of interest and sample size; co-production of evidence; time frame; outcomes and …

Connect Executive Summary Published

28 November 2017 The Connect Executive Summary: Evidence-based policing practices for working with individuals experiencing mental health difficulties is now available to view. The Executive Summary provides a detailed overview of the key research findings and recommendations from across the five research streams. Key findings include: Improvements are required in how the police record, store and share data. Without this, it is …

Connect partnership showcased at the College of Policing.

27 November 2017 Researchers from the Connect partnership gave an insight into the co-production, delivery and evaluation of police mental health training to an audience of academics and police at the College of Policing. The Police Knowledge Fund Showcase Conference drew together the experiences, lessons, and findings of 14 research partnerships between 39 police forces and 30 universities across the …

“British police dealing with mental health is a sticking-plaster solution that doesn’t get to the heart of the problem”

Writing in The Conversation, Dr Arabella Scantlebury identifies problems with the current funding and provision of mental health services and highlights the need for a more collective response to the current mental health crisis. She writes: “With an estimated 15-20% of police time spent dealing with incidents associated with mental health, it is important that police officers are able to identify people …

Mental health training: a review of the literature

Our review of mental health training for the police and other non-mental health professionals has now been published. The review has found that a variety of training programmes exist for non-mental health professionals who come into contact with people who have mental health issues. There may be some short term change in behaviour for the trainees, but longer term follow …

February newsletter

The February newsletter is now available. It contains an update on the work of the various research streams. The main trial paper is being drafted along with a second paper that discusses the challenges of undertaking a Randomised Controlled Trial in the police setting.  Papers reporting on the development, content and delivery of the bespoke mental health training package and …

Relevant policy

Here are some policies in the general area of policing and mental health that might provide some useful background to the CONNECT project. The policies come from a variety of sources, include the Care Quality Commission, the Department of Health and the National Police Chiefs’ Council. It also includes the declaration and action plan for York and North Yorkshire for …

January newsletter

The January newsletter is now available. It contains an update on the work of the various research streams. Interviews with a sample of front-line officers (and Inspectors from some of the intervention group stations) have commenced and will be completed by early-mid February. Thank you to all officers who have volunteered their time to contribute to the evaluation of the …

Police Knowledge Fund workshop on Vulnerability

A workshop for the Police Knowledge Fund projects was held at the University of York on 29th November. With the overarching discussion theme of Vulnerability, representatives of the Police Knowledge Fund projects presented on the background of their projects, their research progress, issues faced and future plans. This workshop was a very valuable chance to connect with other researchers and …