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Royal College of Psychiatrists Medical Working Group. [Royal College of Psychiatrists] (2011) Substance misuse detainees in police custody: guidelines for clinical management: report of a medical working group. London: Royal College of Psychiatrists. 82 p. College Report CR169

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The guidelines recognise that the assessment and treatment of substance misusers present forensic physicians with particular challenges that require certain skills and experience to ensure appropriate management. They stress the importance of good communication, of working closely with custody officers and of shared responsibility for the safety and care of detainees with substance misuse. In particular, they stress the importance of:
• the full participation of forensic physicians in all aspects and at all stages
• of the healthcare of detainees with substance misuse/dependence providing advice to custody officers and others involved with detainees with substance misuse/dependence
• comprehensive contemporaneous records
• appropriate sharing of information in accordance with the law and the General Medical Council’s advice on professional confidentiality
• being aware when making all interventions that the interests of the detainee as a patient are paramount.

We believe that these guidelines will be of immense value to all practitioners in helping and supporting detainees and that they will also be useful for teaching purposes for medical and nursing staff and arrest referral officers.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Guideline
Drug Type:Cannabis, Alcohol or other drugs in general, Inhalents and solvents, CNS stimulants, Alcohol, CNS depressants, Opioid, Cocaine
Intervention Type:AOD disorder harm reduction, AOD disorder
Source:Royal College of Psychiatrists
Date:2011
Pages:82 p.
Publisher:Royal College of Psychiatrists
Corporate Creators:Royal College of Psychiatrists Medical Working Group
Place of Publication:London
ISBN:978-1-908020-38-3
Edition:4th edition
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
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Subjects:J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care programme or facility > Prison-based health service
N Communication, information and education > Recommendations or guidelines > Practice / clinical guidelines
T Demographic characteristics > Offender
MM-MO Crime and law > Justice system > Law enforcement agency
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Care by type of problem > Medical care
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom
MM-MO Crime and law > Justice system > Correctional system and facility

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