新界南積極支援精神病患者; NTS cares about persons with mental health problems

作為服務大眾的人員,在執勤時有不少機會接觸到精神病患者。為有效幫助這些有特別需要的人士,人員除提高對精神病的認識外,亦必須積極與有關的專業機構合 作。

新界南總區一直致力與其他專業機構維持緊密夥伴關係,並推出不同的措施以協助精神病患者。其中一個例子就是葵涌分區在二○一○年九月推行的曙光計劃,透過 三方面去提升對精神病患者的支援,包括高效識別及評估、主動跟進及支援,以及跨專業的努力。

高效識別 主動跟進


當處理與精神病患者有關的案件時,葵涌分區的巡邏人員會先取得初步背景資料,並將有關資料告知醫護人員,使他們有充分資訊決定是否將精神病患者轉介精神專 科部門。此舉能促進不同機構的前線人員合作,並第一時間為精神病患者作出全面評估。

此外,葵涌分區特別成立一個專責團隊,負責主動跟進精神病患者的狀況,確保他們得到專業人士的支援及跟進,同時紓緩前線人員繁重的工作壓力。

跨專業的努力


為了促進跨專業的合作,葵涌分區積極參與及協調區內的「跨專業個案會議」。會議成員包括葵涌醫院精神科專家、區內的非政府機構代表,以及警隊人員。透過會 議,機構互相交流資料,並就有較高潛在風險的精神病患者,提供適時及跨專業的協助。

此策略能提供完善的平台及機制處理潛在的危機,防止悲劇發生。

新界南總區與精神科專家合作


為了使前線人員更有信心處理及支援精神病患者,新界南總區特別邀請葵涌醫院精神科的專家及專業醫護人員於警隊訓練日,為荃灣警區及葵青警區人員提供有關處 理精神病患者的專業講座。

新界南總區指揮官余敏生七月二十五日在新界南總部設宴款待葵涌醫院行政總監盧德臨醫生及醫院的專業團隊,以感謝他們一直以來的協助。葵青及荃灣警區人員於 席上與醫院專業團隊交流意見,進一步促進合作。


葵涌醫院精神科顧問醫生李永堅(右六)及副顧問醫生周一(右五)為人員講解處理精神病患者的要點。

As police officers, we may come across people with mental health problems. To better support them, officers need not only to know what is mental illness, but also to co-operate with mental health professionals.

New Territories South (NTS) Region has introduced a number of initiatives in partnership with professionals in providing support to persons with mental illness.  For instance, Kwai Chung Division (KWCDIV) has been implementing “Project Dawn" since September 2010 to improve its approach to handle cases of persons with mental health problems.  The project adopts a three-pronged approach comprising Effective Identification and Assessment; Active Monitoring and Support; and Fostering Multi-agency Efforts.

Identification and Support


In handling cases of “Insane Person Found", KWCDIV beat officers get background information of the persons and advise medical officers so that the latter would obtain the information required in making diagnoses and deciding whether to refer the persons to a psychiatric specialist. The aim of this approach is to achieve collaboration and effective identification and assessment among different service providers at working level. 

Besides, a designated team from KWCDIV actively takes follow-up actions with the mentally ill persons. As a result of this effective support, the workload of frontline units has been greatly reduced because persons receiving professional attention are less likely to relapse and require police intervention.

Multi-agency Efforts


KWCDIV has formed a Multi-disciplinary Community Case Conference with stakeholders.  Apart from the police, members include Kwai Chung Hospital psychiatric specialists and representatives from non-government organisations providing mental health services.  Through the Case Conference, the police, as the first response unit, can immediately draw the attention of medical and social welfare professionals to cases of potential physical violence. The aim of this approach is to provide an effective response mechanism and platform among different agencies to avert potential crises and prevent tragedies.

Specialist-NTS Co-operation


To make NTS frontline officers more confident and professional in handling persons with mental health problems, Kwai Chung Hospital psychiatric specialists have run seminars for frontline officers on Tsuen Wan and Kwai Tsing District Training Days, covering topics such as psychology of persons with mental health problems and the ways to handle such persons.


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