What It’s Like Working in Custody Healthcare?

Of the many diverse specialities within healthcare professions, there’s something in custody healthcare that sets it apart from all the other career paths. It offer challenges, experiences, and rewards unlike any other.

We sat down with a couple of our custody healthcare recruits and asked them to give us an idea of what life is like as a custody healthcare professional.

What Are the Biggest Challenges?

As a custody healthcare professional your daily tasks vary depending on your role, and so will your responsibilities. Every day is different, therefore you never know fully what’s in store for you. You may be called to assess a patient with a minor condition one day, the next you’re dealing with a more serious situation that requires you to think on your feet quickly and effectively.

What’s the Most Rewarding Thing?

When you’re a custody healthcare professional, you’re involved in some of life’s most meaningful moments. You get to work in a challenging environment that not everyone can handle, helping some of the most vulnerable people in the society – giving you the opportunity to take care of others in their time of need. You’ll be able to leave work knowing that you’ve helped someone get back on the right path – but you don’t have to be a literal lifesaver to be proud of your work, simply being part of a dedicated team can be equally rewarding as well.

What Are the Attributes of a Good Custody Healthcare Recruit?

In your job, you’ll come into contact with people from all walks of life – some may suffer from drug abuse or alcohol dependence – so as custody healthcare professional, you’re required to be calm, patient, and non-judgement at all times. You need to be able look at the patient as a person, not as the sum of their issues.

That’s not all: you’ll also need to be capable of making difficult decisions and administering the right medical care to patients in the absence of doctors. Of course, education plays a big role in ensuring this, but there are certain innate qualities that make one recruit better than the other.

What’s the Difference Between Custody and General Healthcare?

In custody healthcare, you will meet people who never used general healthcare so already you’ll be making a huge difference to their lives. The common misconception that everyone who requires custody care is a hardened criminal is not strictly true – but if you can build rapport with them and find out more about their stories, you can find a way to help.

The important thing to remember is that, in your care, everyone is equal, no matter their background.

Why Should People Consider a Career in Custody Healthcare?

Many people have their reservations about going pursuing a career in custody healthcare. Most of them are concerned about having to deal with detainees, but our recruits have received such strong support that safety is rarely an issue, and the role’s benefits make difficult situations worthwhile.

You’ll be a respected member of a team who are supportive and want you to do well, and that counts for a lot because as any healthcare professional will tell you, “teamwork is vital.”

Email crg@medteam.co.uk to find out about our latest vacancies in custody healthcare. 

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