Jennifer Murray, Inga Heyman, Nadine Dougall , Andrew Wooff, Elizabeth Aston, Iniobong Enang



Law enforcement professions now assume more responsibility for tackling mental health issues alongside public health colleagues than ever before. The term “vulnerability” is frequently used within Law Enforcement and Public Health (LEPH) to identify those requiring emergency mental health care. However, there are ongoing challenges within LEPH to determine whose responsibility this is.


To co‐create the most important priorities for LEPH research in Scotland.


The paper describes a collaborative workshop which brought together an Expert Advisory Group (EAG) of 26 senior stakeholders, from academia, policing, mental health nursing, psychiatry, paramedics, emergency medicine, people with lived experience, policy makers and third sector.


The five key priorities included: vulnerability; mental health crisis; decision‐making around assessment and triage across professional groups and professional roles; peer support and organizational well‐being; and information and data sharing.


The paper discusses the EAG group event as a co‐production process, focusing on how key LEPH research priorities were derived.

Implications for practice

This paper demonstrates the inextricable link between co‐production and co‐creation of value via EAG group consensus on LEPH research priorities. Shared vision and professional will are not enough to ensure progress: there must also be shared policy, knowledge and access.