Assessing fitness to detain in police custody
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Assessing fitness to detain in police custody

Matthew Peel Custody nurse, West Yorkshire Police, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Leeds, England

This article outlines the role of the custody nurse in assessing an individual’s fitness to be detained. It addresses all aspects of the assessment, including consent, responsibilities and the structure of the clinical examination. It explores ways to ensure that the detainee’s rights and welfare are maintained and their healthcare needs are met. It offers guidance on preparing a care plan for detained individuals that the police can implement.

Nursing Standard. 30, 11, 43-49. doi: 10.7748/ns.30.11.43.s46


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Received: 27 April 2015

Accepted: 04 July 2015