Nurses leading care in custody suite environments: a qualitative study from Scotland

Hurley, John, Linsley, Paul, Elvins, Martin and Jones, Martyn (2013) Nurses leading care in custody suite environments: a qualitative study from Scotland. Journal of Forensic Nursing, 9 (1). pp. 45-51. ISSN 1556-3693

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This paper outlines the qualitative findings of a recent multimethod study exploring the impact of nurses assuming leadership roles in delivering primary health care to detainees within police custody suites in Scotland. The full multimethod study was conducted within a framework of realistic evaluation with key findings indicating that the nurse-led model of service delivery offers positive outcomes for all key stakeholders. Findings from the qualitative component of the study showed that the quality of clinical care for detainees improved, policing concerns for detainee safety were mitigated, and forensic medical examiners were able to expand their specialist roles. Key supporting mechanisms in achieving these outcomes included generating collaborative practices, enacting clinical leadership, and providing a forensic nursing educational program to empower nurses to generate service provision and grow professional autonomy.

Keywords:Human, Funding Source, Qualitative Studies, Scotland, Focus Groups, Audiorecording, Nurses, Pharmacists, Health Personnel, Leadership, Primary Health Care, Police, Forensic Nursing, Nursing Leaders
Subjects:L Social studies > L510 Health & Welfare
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:12855
Deposited On:06 Jan 2014 09:42

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