THE North West Ambulance Service is bidding to transform mental health and dementia care.

A new NWAS strategy contains 17 recommendations and actions to reshape care provisions within the trust.

Mental Health and Dementia Lead for NWAS, Gill Drummond said: “The work regarding mental health and dementia care already being undertaken by the trust is fantastic, but there is so much more we can do to.

“The number of related 999 calls is increasing significantly, which is why one of the trust’s key priority areas is to improve care in this area, and why we have developed a plan to take this forward.”

As part of the plan, the trust is to launch a review into the mental health triage car pilots currently operating in the Merseyside and Lancashire areas, whereby a paramedic, mental health nurse and police officer respond to calls of people experiencing mental health crisis in a bid to improve patient experience in the area.

If successful in the long term, it is likely the triage car care will be rolled out across the wider region.