Original ArticlesNurses Leading Care in Custody Suite Environments: A Qualitative Study from ScotlandHurley, John PhD1; Linsley, Paul MSc2; Elvins, Martin PhD3; Jones, Martyn PhD3Author Information Author Affiliations:1Associate Professor, Southern Cross University, 2University of Lincoln, 3University of Dundee, Australia. Correspondence:John Hurley, School of Health and Human Sciences, Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour Campus, Hogbin Drive, Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450, Australia. Tel: (61)0266593688; E-mail:John.email@example.com. The authors declares no conflict of interest. Received June 26, 2012; accepted for publication August 30, 2012. Journal of Forensic Nursing: January/March 2013 - Volume 9 - Issue 1 - p 45-51 doi: 10.1097/JFN.0b013e31827a57e7 Buy Metrics Abstract ABSTRACT 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 nursint educational program to empower nurses to generate service provision and grow professional autonomy. © 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.