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A pioneering project integrating mental health care and policing on the Isle of Wight is receiving further national recognition.

The Serenity Integrated Mentoring (SIM) project run by Hampshire Constabulary and the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, and supported by Wessex Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), is nominated in 3 categories for this year’s Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value in Healthcare Awards.

SIM – which previously won a Royally-endorsed national health award, and is one of this year’s NHS England National Innovation Accelerator Fellows – is shortlisted in the Clinical Support Services; Managing Long Term Conditions and Workforce Efficiency categories.

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SIM is recognised as being effective at bringing together policing and healthcare skills to achieve a positive difference to the lives of mental health patients and their families.

Sergeant Paul Jennings, Hampshire Constabulary’s lead on the SIM project said:

“It’s fantastic that the process and progress of this project is receiving further national recognition from an industry publication as respected as the Health Service Journal (HSJ).

“The originality and ingenuity of SIM was commended several times last year, which has provided a strong platform for discussions on how the SIM model can evolve and expand to other parts of the country.

“All of us involved in SIM hope these nominations can focus more people’s attention on how a different way of thinking can enable the police and NHS to enhance their expertise in collaboration. It’s a combined approach that provides a breakthrough to resolving some of the most complex behaviour and consequences linked with mental health.”

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The SIM project team will now prepare to make 3 presentations to the awards panel at the end of March and beginning of April. The awards ceremony itself takes place on 24th May.

Vicki Haworth, from Isle of Wight NHS Trust and the Mental Health Innovations Lead and Clinical Lead for SIM said:

“We are so proud to have jointly developed this new model of care with Hampshire Constabulary, which provides a jointly commissioned police officer to work in and alongside our mental health practitioners and teams. This is a really good example of the ‘My Life a Full Life’ approach to services.

“We have seen dramatic reductions in admissions to our acute psychiatric wards and Emergency Department, in police call outs and ambulance deployments. Most importantly we have had really good feedback from our service users involved in the SIM programme and from their families.”


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