Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Summit June 2013

Held on 21 June 2013, the Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Summit aimed to:

  • Raise the profile and awareness of the work required from strategic partnerships in order to improve the response to individuals with mental health problems or learning disabilities who come into contact with the criminal justice system.
  • Encourage partner organisations to commit to a programme of working together and put measures in place to ensure that individuals receive the most appropriate response from the right agency at the right time.

It was co-hosted by the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, Councillor Steve Bedser of Birmingham City Council, the Dudley and Walsall Partnership Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, Black Country Mental Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust. 

The report of the summit provides a summary of the speakers and discussions that took place on the day, together with the recommendations that emerged.  From this a 12 point action plan has been drawn up, included below.  If you have any comments or suggestions relating to the recommendations and the action plan, please contact us.

Mental Health and Learning Development Plan for Action



Establish a new West Midlands Strategy Group/Reference Group with sign-up at Chief Executive level.  This Group would be responsible for taking forward the recommendations and actions arising from the Summit

C I Sean Russell

A multi-agency Mental Health and Learning Disability strategy to be developed.  This should evolve from the work of the new Strategy/Critical Reference Group

WM Strategy Group/Critical Reference Group

Current information sharing protocols are piecemeal and yet this is repeatedly identified as a priority.  Consider new ways of making this work (include consideration of pilots from other parts of the country such as telephone helplines and health passport schemes.

WM Strategy Group/Critical Reference Group

West Midlands Police bid to take part in the Home Office street triage pilot

CI Sean Russell

Consider the evaluation from the Smethwick MHN Pilot Scheme

WM Strategy Group/Critical Reference Group

Ensure the involvement of NHS commissioners in the development of the new police super cell blocks

WMP/ CI Sean Russell

Recognise the need to do more work on learning disabilities and to comply with the sentiments of the Mencap Stand By Me campaign.

All partners

Examine ways of delivering joint training in a manner that does not unduly drain the resources of any particular pilot

WM Strategy Group/Critical Reference Group

Explore innovative means of training delivery that could facilitate joint training ventures between partners

WM Strategy Group/Critical Reference Group

Liaise with College of Policing to explore what support they can offer at local and regional level in multi-agency training delivery

CI Sean Russell

The report and actions will be reported to the SPCB, including details of how mental health and learning disability matters are dealt with in Force structures.


Examine the criteria for the recently announced Innovation Fund - would a collaborative bid on mental health/learning disabilities be eligible?

CI Sean Russell/PCC