Mitie Care & Custody has been awarded a new 5-year contract by Merseyside Police, NHS England and NHS Improvement to provide an integrated Liaison, Diversion and Healthcare service in Merseyside.
Mitie will deliver a range of healthcare services for vulnerable people in custody and court, including forensic procedures and specialist assessments.
The service will cover Youth, Magistrates, Crown and Complex Case Courts and over 100 police cells across Merseyside, providing additional support for voluntary attendees and vulnerable people in custody.
The new contract will see Mitie working with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, under the Collaborative Care partnership, to deliver Medical, Liaison and Diversion Services to all Youth, Magistrates, Crown and Complex Case Courts and 109 cells in police stations across the region.
The contract includes the option to extend for another two years.
It will combine Merseyside Police’s Custody Healthcare provision with NHS England and NHS Improvement’s Liaison and Diversion service for the first time, making Merseyside just the fourth Police Force in England to do so.
This will simplify and streamline processes and also ensure that any vulnerable individuals in custody are more quickly identified, receiving tailored and continuous support as well as prompt access to any health or social care services, as required.