Published 12th October 2018

New ‘Seni Lewis Award’ to recognise collaborative work between police and health service

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), in partnership with South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM), have announced the new ‘Seni Lewis Award’ in memory of Mr Lewis and to mark his death in 2010.

The national award, which was announced on Thursday 11 October 201M8 at the Positive Practice Mental Health Awards 2018 ceremony in Liverpool, will be presented for the first time at the same ceremony in 2019.

The award will recognise the best collaborative initiatives between the police and health services, to showcase the importance of providing a multi-agency response to mental health crises.

Mr Lewis was 23-years-old when he died on 3 September 2010 following a period of prolonged restraint by police officers whilst he was a patient at Bethlem Royal Hospital suffering a mental health crisis on 31 August 2010.

Look here for the family statement in full, and here for the MPS/SLaM press statement.

Raju Bhatt and Sophie Naftalin act of the family of Seni Lewis.

Contact a member of the Bhatt Murphy team today