The contract which is scheduled to start in June 2018, will see a 24/7 team in operation at the Police force’s two custody suites located in Bridewell and Mansfield. Combined they include over 100 custodial cells.
The specialist Mitie team will provide clinical assessments, address the immediate health needs of detainees and provide patients with onward referral pathways for ongoing health and wellbeing following custody.
Mitie already delivers these services to thirteen police forces across the UK. These include six Sexual Assault Referral Centres and a Short Term Holding Facility in Northern Ireland. Mitie’s specialist teams conduct over 180,000 medical interventions every year in 62 police custody facilities. This expertise was instrumental during the Nottinghamshire Police tender process.
Colin Dobell, Managing Director of Mitie’s Care & Custody business, said: “The award of this new contract reflects Mitie’s proven expertise in delivering medical services in custody suites across England and Wales. Our dedicated Care & Custody team work closely with police forces every day to safeguard the health and wellbeing of patients in our care and ensure they have access to ongoing support once they leave custody.
“We look forward to implementing this new contract, and strengthening this partnership with Nottinghamshire Police in the coming years.”
Bridewell Custody Inspector Dave Marsh, added: “The custody environment is one of the most challenging workplaces for healthcare professionals, police officers and staff. Although the award of the contract was heavily weighted towards quality rather than cost, Mitie Care & Custody proved to be competitively priced ensuring that public money is spent wisely. Those in custody are members of the public, and this weighting towards quality recognises that the safety and welfare of people in custody is paramount, irrespective of the reasons that have led to them being detained.
“Through working with our partners in healthcare, both at Mitie Care & Custody and within the NHS, we can move some way further towards our vision to make Nottinghamshire a safe, secure place to live, work and visit.”