Who knows what excites some people in the wee small hours, but a few will finish up in Section 136 suites.
- 136 suites are for clients who have mental health problems and cannot be taken to custody cells in police stations when they have been picked up by the police for antisocial behaviours.
- The intention is to provide a place of safety until the client can either be discharged from the 136 suite or moved on to an appropriate care setting.
- Clients in 136 suites often have challenging behaviours and complex problems and they may be under the influence of alcohol or other illicit substances. And they may have equally complex pharmaceutical needs.
Bina Mistry (Chief Pharmacist, Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) will be leading a satellite at the Pharmacy Management National Forum examining what good pharmaceutical care means in the context of such a suite, and the challenges and the risks involved.
I know nothing about this subject, so it’s a racing certainty that I’ll know more after listening to Bina. But if you’re less ignorant than me, come and share your experience.