Working with Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, we have now received confirmation that we have been awarded the contract to provide the Liaison and Diversion Service for the whole of Devon and Cornwall, including Plymouth.
The new Peninsula Liaison & Diversion Service will initially run for three years, from 1 April 2019 until 31 March 2022, with an option for a further three year extension.
Until now, both Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and ourselves have been separately commissioned by NHS England to provide local Liaison and Diversion Services, which have been very successful over recent years in supporting people with mental health and learning disabilities needs who come into contact with the police and the courts. This new contract means that we will have a single, joined-up service across the whole peninsula.
Commenting on securing the contract, Caroline Oakford, Team Manager for Devon Liaison and Diversion and Street Triage said: “A single service for Devon and Cornwall is an extremely positive step forward in terms of consistency and collaboration – and we are confident that the people we support will benefit. Our bid was commended for innovation which includes the improvement of criminal justice mental health pathways for women, peer mentoring, service user involvement and Mental Health Treatment Requirements. Our future work will include the further development of pathways for children and young people in contact with the criminal justice system.
“Can I take this opportunity to thank everyone who was involved in pulling our bid together, including young people and families with lived experience. It’s been a great team effort and we are full of enthusiasm for the launch of the new service.”