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May
4
2021

McPin’s response to the High Intensity Network

McPin is aware of the High Intensity Network (HIN), also known as ‘Serenity Integrated Monitoring’ (SIM), and its potential implications across mental health and the emergency services. There have been concerns raised around the speed by which this is happening, including the ethics of it.

We have big concerns about the lack of evidence for such an approach. Where is the research upon which this is based? For something so significant addressing risk management – where is the evidence base for this roll out?

There doesn’t appear to have been much meaningful involvement with relevant, diverse expertise by experience from service users. This would have likely identified the multiple issues that have been raised. How can this happen when co-production is so central to mental health policy?

The reaction to the potential roll-out of the HIN/SIM approach implies much more evidence and further consultation would be needed before going any further. The implications for data linkage between the police and the mental health service are also a significant cause for concern.

More information about SIM can be found here: https://highintensitynetwork.org

A recent debate on the model can be found here:

Coalition calls for halt to use of ‘unethical and unsafe’ mental distress emergency scheme

If you would like to sign the petition to #StopSIM, you can do so here: http://stopsim.co.uk or via http://Change.org