“Have you heard of the Herbert Protocol? No, I hadn’t
either” writes Nicola Steadman
“The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme adopted by Cumbria
Constabulary which encourages the families of those suffering with dementia to
store certain information together so that, if somebody went missing, the
Police can help very quickly.
The information that should be recorded includes things such as a description, photograph, medication, the favourite places of the person and their usual routine. This can all be enclosed within one document so that, if the person did go missing, the Police have all of the information at their fingertips to start their searches effectively.
The form can be downloaded from the Cumbria Police website and can be ready just in case. https://www.cumbria.police.uk/Apply-For-It/Herbet-Protocal/Herbert-Protocol-Help-Find-Missing-People-with-Dementia.aspx
Hopefully, the scheme will assist the Police in finding people with dementia if they go missing a lot quicker than usual. It must be horrific when a loved one goes missing and, hopefully, this Scheme will ease some of the stress”.
Published 12 March 2018
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