Minister of State for Health Norman Lamb MP, Shadow Health Minister Andy Burnham MP, the Metropolitan Police’s lead for Mental Health Commander Christine Jones and West Midlands Police , Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones and chair of the IPCC Dame Anne Owers, will be among the speakers at the first national conference on policing and mental health organised by Black Mental Health UK (BMH UK) & the African Caribbean Community Initiative (ACCI).
This event is scheduled to take place at the Molineux Conference Centre in Wolverhampton, on Thursday 27th June 2013.
Entitled Policing & Mental Health, Coercion or Care? ACCI & BMH UK National Conference 2013, this event offers the first ever public forum where the most senior political figures in both policing and mental health will be able to discuss this issue with leading professionals from the statutory mental health and social services, the police, local authorities, commissioners, the charitable sector as well as service users and community agencies from across the country.
Data from the Count Me in Census reports from 2005 – 2011 show of all ethnic groups it is people from the UK’s African Caribbean communities that are 50% more likely to be referred to mental health services via the police than their white counterparts – entry to mental health services via police custody is the norm for black people.
People who use mental health services account for 50% of those who lose their lives in police custody. It is in the area of mental health and policing that many of the most serious causes for concern have arisen over a number of years but continue to remain unadressed.
The high profile deaths in police custody cases of Kingsley Burell-Brown, Sean Rigg, Olaseni Lewis, Mikey Powell and Roger Sylvester is further evidence that failures in policing of mental health services users, which is impacting people from Briton’s black communities in greatest numbers.
Professionals responsible for running or commissioning mental health services, who attend this conference, will learn first-hand what action needs to be taken to improve the treatment of this patient group. Delegates will find out how joint working and investment in front line community based services like ACCI, is critical to bringing about improvements in patient experience and professional practice in this important area of mental health care, which crosses policing, mental health and social care professional arena’s.
Norman Lamb MP, Minister of State for Health
Andy Burnham MP, Shadow Health Minister
Christine Jones, Metropolitan Police lead for Mental Health Commander
Bob Jones, Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands (PCC)
David Prior, Chair of the Care Quality Commission (CQC)
Dame Anne Owers, Chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC)
Charles Walker MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Mental Health
Chinyere Inyama, Her Majesty’s Coroner for East London at Walthamstow Coroners Court
Alicia Spence, Services Director at the African Caribbean Community Initiative (ACCI)
Matilda MacAttram, Director of Black Mental Health UK (BMH UK)
Tippa Naphtali, cousin of Mikey Powell who died while in police custody, while in need of mental health care in 2003
Rev Paul Grey, Pastor New Testament Church of God and mental health campaigner
Dr Geraldine Strathdee OBE, NHS England National Clinical Director of Mental Health
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