The first of which is Claire Andre, Clinical Lead for MH and Policing at NTW NHS Foundation Trust, who will be leading for us on all of our work around MH, the Emergency Services and the Criminal Justice System Follow Claire on twitter at @LovelyClaireyA or email Claire.Andre@ntw.nhs.uk
Claire Andre has been a registered MH Nurse since March 2002. Her clinical experience includes 10 years within Forensic Adult Services in various roles; and more recently the Ward Manager on a Psychiatric PICU. In Sept. 2014 she began an exciting new role in NTW as Clinical Police Liaison Lead. The role was created with the main aim to take a proactive approach, and establish improved working practices between the Police and NTW, including engaging with both Northumbria Police and British Transport Police, and on occasion wider Police Forces. It has extended to include liaising and working closely with other organisations including Local Authorities, Local Acute Trusts, the North East Ambulance Service and voluntary and service user organisations such as Tyneside Mind.
The work undertaken has been commended at the Positive Practice MH Awards in 2015. Recently the role won the Partnership Working award, and was runner up in Patient Safety category in the NTW Staff awards. I am honoured also to take a National Role in the Positive Practice in Mental Health Collaborative as the MH, Emergency Services and Criminal Justice Lead. It has provided me the opportunity to influence and to drive this agenda on a national scale, sharing best practice and learning from others in the area. I have developed links with the College of Policing and the Department of Health. So far in this role I have organised and facilitated a national event alongside NHS England and influence and educate MPs on this area.
Claire has already organised a successful event around MH and the Police in November in Newcastle with over 80 people and 21 organisations represented.
Future events are presently being planned in Liverpool and London/Kent.