#EveryNurse Job Profile: Custody Nurse

Resilient, strong-minded, and determined are some of the words used to describe custody nurses. Using highly-developed skills to really make a difference epitomises the world of custody nursing.

  • Work alongside police officers and members of the justice system
  • Provide care to detained persons held in police custody suites
  • Salary: starting from £33,000 per annum
  • A minimum of 3 years’ service as a RMN

Job Description

Custody nurses play a pivotal role in the criminal justice system. They assist the police in conducting forensic medical examinations to help gather evidence to be used in various criminal justice cases.

Many custody nurses have to in assisting them in high-profile cases. They must be able to work efficiently and calmly under pressure, and hold great communication skills. Custody nurses can work in tough environments – it takes a special, strong-willed type of person to excel in this role.

Educational/Practical Experience Requirements

  • A minimum of 3 years’ service as a registered general nurse or paramedic
  • Unplanned care experience
  • Full membership of the NMC/HCPC
  • Strong decision-making skills
  • At least 3 years UK residency
  • The right to work in the UK
  • A full UK driving licence

Day-To-Day Responsibilities

  • Assist police and conduct forensic medical examinations
  • Assess whether detainees are fit to be detained, interviewed, transferred, or released
  • Conduct mental health interventions
  • Assess and administer medications
  • Communicate effectively with patients, police, and other members involved in any examinations or health cases
  • Create and provide clinical reports

Find custody nurse roles with CRG Medical Services.

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