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The Herbert Protocol

Today the The Herbert Protocol has been launched in Lincolnshire during National Dementia Awareness week (15th-21st May 2017).

What is the Herbert Protocol?

The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme which encourages carers and families to record vital information on a form which could be used in the event of a vulnerable person going missing.

The protocol was introduced by West Yorkshire Police and named after George Herbert, a war veteran of the Normandy landings, who lived with dementia.

So far 55 people with dementia have gone missing in Lincolnshire since January 2017, out of a total of 411. This is 13%. 

How does it work?

Carers and families complete a Herbert Protocol form and are encouraged to complete each section to the best of their ability. The information requested includes:

  • medication
  • description
  • photograph
  • significant places in the person’s life
  • their daily routine

Once complete, the form will then be placed within the care setting in a safe but prominent position, so the information is easily available to police and other agencies in the event of the person being reported missing.  This allows police to access vital information as quickly as possible.   We will only share the information with other agencies if there is a need to safeguard someone.

You can access the form below or from our missing persons page.  You can also call or text 07768 164086 or contact the LCC Telecare phone number 01522 554040 (usual office hours).

Other material available

  • Identification card - this can be completed with the persons contact details and a picture. This can then be stored in a purse/wallet that belongs to the vulnerable person, so if they do wander and cannot identify themselves, the information could be accessed.
  • Information leaflet and poster - Please feel free to access these if you think that they would be beneficial to a person or organisation. 

Ann-Marie Card, Missing Persons Co-ordinator, for Lincolnshire Police, explains the Herbert Protocol in a video and is available for pre-recorded interviews on Monday and Tuesday 15/16 May.

Video

The Herbert Protocol

Anne-Marie Card fromt he Missing Persons Unit explains how the Herbert Protocol can assist the police and other agencies in the event of a person with dementia going missing.

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