Charles Cross Police Custody Unit: This placement area is subject to enhanced security checks that can take up to 12 weeks to complete. Initial interest in this placement needs to be discussed with your personal tutor. An initial interview for suitability has to be carried out before an application can progress.
There are six Police Custody Units within the Devon &
Cornwall Constabulary, with Charles Cross, Plymouth, a 40cell unit, being one
of the busiest.
Within the unit, clinically qualified persons,
working within the scope of their professional body, but also trained and
specialised for work within the Police Service, are medical doctors (referred
to as Police Surgeons) and Custody nurses. They are available to provide
assessment, care, medication and treatment as appropriate.
Duties undertaken by the Custody Nurse involve holistic assessments, triage and
treatment of a very diverse demographic, involving people of all ages, and
gender. People in custody have varying
health needs, from Asthma / Diabetes / Epilepsy etc, people with acute mental
health problems, drug and alcohol abuses, people requiring emergency treatment,
forensic sampling, signposting to other agencies and potentially immediate life support situations.
On arrival and during the period in police custody,
staff will arrange appropriate medical attention if the person:
- Appears to be suffering from
- Believed to be suffering
from a physical or mental illness
- Requires clinical attention.
- Needs medication.
- Requests to see a medical
This applies even if the person makes no request
for medical attention, and even if they have already received clinical
attention elsewhere. Reasonable adjustments are also made to meet the
additional needs of a person with physical difficulties or disabilities.
“G4S Health Services has been one of the leading providers to
all justice health environments since 2005. Working across Secure, Custody and
Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC) across the UK, we provide primary care
and forensic healthcare to a wide range of patients
Working in custody requires you to be
comfortable working on your own medically and be able to collaborate with
various departments, all of whom will rely on your skills and experience to
create the best outcome for detainees, officers and victims of crime.”
As a Nurse or Paramedic (HCP), you will:
- Attend police custody to assess, document and
treat detainees and determine fitness to remain in custody
- Carry out medical and forensic examinations
- To be available for court attendance when
Placement contact: Mark Hardie (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mental health placements are hosted by the Devon Partnership Trust.
Adult field placements are hosted by Care UK - contact Isabel Carwithin (Isabel.Carwithen@careuk.com)