Forensics partnership puts mental health Trust ‘ahead of the game’

26 October 2016

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) is ‘ahead of the game’ when it comes to supporting and protecting individuals with mental health needs, according to a national body.

Work between CWP’s Forensics department and the local MAPPA (Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements) framework in Cheshire has improved processes and care pathways for potentially dangerous offenders in recent years.

The partnership has proven so successful that the Trust is now working with MAPPA to develop national guidance as part of co-working between mental health services and MAPPA.

Cheshire MAPPA Coordinator Brendan O’Hea said: “The work between CWP, MAPPA, Cheshire Police and local prisons has meant that Cheshire is ahead of the game nationally.

“In recent years we have strengthened relationships, removed barriers to communication and improved information sharing so that we can identify risks earlier and act accordingly.

“Through partnership working we have been able to improve public safety and develop care and support to help potentially dangerous individuals with their mental health issues.

“We’ve also made staff more aware of how to cater for each individual’s needs and have developed a more robust liaison service for victims.”

The situation in Cheshire is unique because senior mental health staff are already supporting care coordinators in planning the best course of action for each individual. The Forensics team at CWP have also rolled-out MAPPA guidance and introduced training across the Trust.

Gordon Leonard, Specialist Forensic Lead at CWP, said: “Our service, and our relationship with MAPPA, has gone from strength to strength over the last few years.

“People with mental health needs in our area are now receiving the correct care and support and as a result the local public are much safer thanks to this work.”

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership offers a range of services for people with learning disabilities or mental or physical health needs in Cheshire and Wirral. Please use our online 'Find Services' tool to find CWP services in your area.


Photo: CWP Specialist Forensics Lead Gordon Leonard (right) and MAPPA Coordinator Brendan O’Hea have led the partnership between the mental health Trust and the Cheshire MAPPA Strategic Management Board


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