Support at courts

Nurses are being based at police stations and magistrate courts to help support people with mental health problems.

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW) is providing a seven-day service where nurses are based at magistrate courts and police stations, in order to offer advice and support to people with mental health problems, learning disabilities, substance misuse or other vulnerabilities.

The new liaison and diversion (L&D) service is a national project that is funded through NHS England.

NTW’s David Muir said: “These L&D nurses will identify mental health issues and vulnerabilities that people may have so that they can be supported through the custody and the court system, or diverted into a mental health service, or referred on to an appropriate service to gain access to further support.”