Trust wins tender to deliver healthcare in custody settings

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust has been awarded a four-year contract by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) West Yorkshire, acting on behalf of regional PCCs across Yorkshire and the Humber, to deliver regional healthcare and forensic services in Police Custody settings across Yorkshire and the Humber.

Following a competitive tender process, the Trust has been awarded a contract to provide a newly integrated and transformed service that supports and cares for people within Police Custody settings.

The Trust’s Police Custody Healthcare Team provides; physical assessment and treatment, substance misuse assessment and treatment, mental health assessments and assess fitness for people to be interviewed and/or detained. The team also take forensic samples and undertake blood screening for alcohol and drug levels.

Thea Stein, Chief Executive at Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “Many people who find themselves in a custodial setting have a range of emotional and physical issues. Our team offers safe, high quality holistic care in a complex environment and we are delighted to have been awarded this contract.”

Service innovations for the future will include a continued commitment to increasing and upskilling healthcare professionals and use of technology to connect the services across a very large geographic area.

Assistant Chief Constable, Angela Williams, said: “Having led this piece of work for over a year now, I am delighted at the service provision we have secured for all four Forces which will put high levels of medical care in place for our detainees. One cannot underestimate how important this medical service is, hence it has been a vigorous and lengthy procurement process, where all four Forces across Yorkshire and the Humber region have worked together.” 

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "The continued provision of healthcare for those coming into police custody is an important service. I am pleased that the provision is now in place for the next 4 years making best use of new technology, skills and practices within custody environments."