Police placements initiative nominated for national award

21st May 2019

For the past year, Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust has been working in partnership with South Yorkshire Police to offer new police recruits a two week placement with us to find out more about mental health.

During the project we've welcomed more than 60 officers to work with us in our services.

They've spent time with our service users and found out more about what it's like to live with a mental health problem and what coming into contact with the police feels like.

The project has been an overwhelming success, with officers saying how useful they've found the placement, and our service users saying how their experience with the police has transformed since the training has started.

As a result of the project, we've been shortlisted for a national Healthcare People Management Association award: the University of Bradford award for cross-sector working, which rewards partnership initiatives.

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony, which is due to take place on 06 June in Manchester.

You can find out more about the project by watching the video here.