Nurses in custody suites

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 19th March 2021.

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At a recent PCC, it was mentioned that medical records can now be accessed by nurses in Met custody suites, what precautions are being taken to protect patient privacy?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Custody Nurse Practitioners (CNPs) are registered Health Care Professionals (HCPs) who work within an Information Governance Framework that has been jointly signed by the National Health Service Digital and the Metropolitan Police Service.  A Data Protection Impact Assessment and Data Protection Agreement have also been signed.

Medical records are accessed through SystmOne, an Electronic Medical Records System in Police Custody, which is in the process of being rolled out across the MPS Custody Estate, or through SCR (GPSummary Care Records) records.  CNPs are sponsored by the MPS on a clinical need-to-access-only basis and have individual secure smart cards with designated PIN numbers for added security. Most access requests to medical records are conducted with detainee consent whether via Electronic Medical Records or SCR records. In addition, access to SCR (GP) records can only be carried out without consent in an emergency for the sole purpose of ensuring detainees’ personal safety during that emergency.