Mitie’s Care & Custody Health business has been awarded a new contract worth £2.4 million with Leicestershire Police to deliver a forensic medical service which includes screening, assessing and treating people who are in police custody, within a safe, clinical environment.
The two-year partnership which commences 1 April 2017 also includes the delivery of healthcare and forensic medical examination service for victims attending the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), a special facility where any victim of rape or serious assault can receive immediate medical care, police intervention (if the service user chooses to report the crime) and other support services. It is an independent service available on a 24/7, 365 days per year basis.
Mitie was awarded the contract based on its experience of delivering an innovative and effective nurse-led delivery model, which supports more timely and consistent forensic medical and sexual assault examinations. Its nurse-led approach also provides tailored support and better health outcomes for those in police custody with varying vulnerabilities, including mental health issues, learning disabilities and substance misuse.
Seb Stewart, Managing Director at Mitie, commented:
“We’re delighted to be working with Leicestershire Police to deliver effective healthcare and forensic medical examination services which will support better outcomes for both the police and service users.
“Our team of dedicated, specialist staff will deliver a professional and sensitive service in a safe, clinical environment, ensuring that each and every referral receives a timely response and the most appropriate professional care to meet the assessed need.”
The contract comes with an optional two-year extension.
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