The International Centre for Mental Health Social Research is partner in a new £1 million collaboration between the University of York and North Yorkshire Police which is being led by Professor Martin Smith. It is part of the £10 million Police Knowledge Fund (PKF) launched to encourage collaboration between academia and police forces. Each collaboration aims to increase evidence-based knowledge, skills and problem solving approaches within policing.
This strand of the PKF project involves the development, delivery and evaluation of a training intervention for North Yorkshire Police (NYP) around mental health. The aim of the training is to increase police officers’ understanding and awareness of mental health vulnerabilities in the people with whom they come into contact – victims, offenders, suspects and others – in order to help them:
The York Trials Unit are undertaking a review of mental health training for police and associated professions. This will inform the development of the mental health training package. ICMHSR will design and develop the training package which will be delivered by police training officers and mental health nurses.
The evaluation will employ a randomised controlled trial design. Police stations will be randomised into either:
Data will be collected at baseline to assess all officers’ understanding, awareness, knowledge and attitudes toward mental health vulnerabilities; and again after six months. Data collection will include self-complete questionnaires and in-depth qualitative interviews. The effectiveness of the training will be assessed against a range of outcome measures.
If you require further information about the project, please contact Nicola Moran.
developing mechanisms to change practice and culture surrounding recording and working with people with mental health problems, both criminals and victims.
mental health practitioners providing support to front-line police officers in incidents where an individual appears to be in immediate need of mental health support.