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Operation emblem: mental health



A joint initiative benefitting those with mental health issues and involving NHS Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS Halton Clinical Commissioning Group, Cheshire Police and 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, has produced positive outcomes across all areas.

‘Operation Emblem’ involves Community Psychiatric Nurses accompanying Police Officers during call-outs to help reduce the amount of people being arrested under section 136 of the Mental Health Act or being taken unnecessarily to hospital for treatment.

In December 2013 ‘Operation Emblem’ began as a better way of policing call-outs involving people with mental ill-health. Inspired by the national Crisis Care Concordat, it ran as a pilot (December to 1st May 2014)with mental health practitioners working with police officers four times a week. In May 2014 the initiative received funding allowing a seven-days-a-week service between 08:00-02:00.


  • The number of Section 136 arrests has fallen - a 62% reduction compared to 2013
  • Arrests taken to police custody as a place of safety reduced by 70%
  • Number of persons admitted to hospital post-Section 136 arrest across Halton and Warrington increased from 30 to 60%
  • Initiative shortlisted for HSJ Award 2015

Operation Emblem Case Study

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