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Commissioning arrangements for the Integrated Mental Health Team in the Force Control Room


To transfer the responsibility for commissioning the Integrated Mental Health Team (IMHT) to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) as part of the system wide First Response Service.
To agree the funding of £150k per annum for the next two years.

Decision Summary

In January 2016 the then Police and Crime Commissioner agreed to fund an Integrated Mental Health Team in the Force Control Room. This service was to provide an effective first point of contact intervention by the Constabulary and Mental Health Services which would ensure the most appropriate pathways were taken for individuals in mental health crisis.

Within six months of the nurses starting the evaluation was already revealing where the Constabulary was the first point of contact individuals in mental health crisis were receiving a more appropriate and informed response.

The CCG introduced a £1m investment into crisis care in 2016/17 in the form of a First Response Service. The IMHT was considered an integral part of this work. It was recognised that the CCG as ‘expert’ clinical commissioners they were best placed to take on the future commissioning and service development of the IMHT as part of the wider system response to mental health crisis care. The CCG will manage the contract with the provider (Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust, CPFT) on the Commissioner’s behalf through the wider governance mechanisms. This model is both more economical and ensures the ‘shared partnership risk’ approach is taken.

The Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Business Coordination Board meeting on the 21st September 2017 discussed and agreed to the proposal as outlined above.