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Lookup NU author(s): Dr Iain McKinnonORCiD,
Professor Donald Grubin
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The welfare of detainees in UK police custody is the responsibility of Custody Officers (COs). COs need to identify detainees who have significant health problems and require the attention of a health care professional (HCP). We piloted a new risk assessment screen in 2012 in a police custody suite in London, UK. Data were compared to our evaluation of the standard NSPIS risk assessment in 2009/10. We have demonstrated that a structured screen can improve the pickup rate of detainees with head injuries, physical and mental health problems, as well as those at risk of alcohol withdrawal syndrome. By consolidating health problems associated with elevated suicide risk, the detection of higher risk detainees was also significantly improved. The MPS are planning to implement this risk assessment and we recommend a wide scale evaluation of its clinical impact and upon custody health services.
Author(s): McKinnon I, Grubin D
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice
Print publication date: 01/06/2014
Online publication date: 04/04/2014
Date deposited: 22/05/2015
ISSN (print): 1752-4512
ISSN (electronic): 1752-4520
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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