A Norfolk-based nurse has been invited to present at an international conference on mental health and the criminal justice system.
Deputy service manager Ian Trenholm has been given the great honour of representing work carried out by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust at the 13th International Custody and Caring Conference on the Nurses Role in the Criminal Justice System.
The event, which will take place on 2 October in Saskatchewan, Canada will see experts from around the globe gather to discuss the latest innovations in the specialist field.
Ian will present the work of Norfolk’s Liaison and Diversion Team. He said: “It is a great opportunity to present the work of a service staffed by nurses and led by nurses. Our work is just a small part of a wider Trust that provides excellent services.”
The community-based team is part of the Trust’s Secure Services, which treats people involved in the criminal justice system. They carry out assessments on offenders and provide expert information to professionals in the criminal justice system. They also divert offenders into mental health services where appropriate.
In addition to this, Ian’s team also liaises with other agencies and mental health colleagues. They are also occasionally asked to advise on a psychiatric report duringcourt sentencing.
The Trust was chosen as a pathfinder site by the Department of Health and Ministry of Justice back in 2011. It is hoped that the success of the Trust’s team, and that of others around the country, will result in the successful roll-out of liaison and diversion teams across England.
“Since becoming a pathfinder site we have been able to work as a much more coherent team, with more consistency in the way we practice,” Ian explained. “It has also allowed individual practitioners to build up a good network, which inevitably has a positive effect on the quality of care we are able to give to our service users and offenders.
“The changes the Trust made to provide liaison and diversion services , and ourstatus as a pathfinder site, have promoted a consistent approach which has had apositive effect on the quality of the service that we provide,” Ian added. “I really wantto thank all of my colleagues who have worked to support my attendance at theconference.”