A PIONEERING scheme working with mental health patients has been handed a royal award.
The Serenity Integrated Mentoring won the HRH The Prince of Wales Award for Integrated Approaches to Care at the Nursing Times awards.
Running on the Isle of Wight, the project saw police and mental health practitioners work with six repeat patients for 18 months.
They worked to reduce the number of crisis calls made to police and the ambulance service, a reduction in unnecessary reasons for mental health patients attending emergency departments and less abusive behaviour.
Award judge Carol Kefford, a chief nurse with Nuffield Health, said: ‘This is a truly original project with tremendous impact.’
Sergeant Paul Jennings, who runs the scheme from Hampshire police, added: ‘The success of this integrated approach is now showing the way towards the development of a professional network and online course for other police forces and public health teams.’