Jess Davidson was the first senior charge nurse in police custody healthcare in Scotland. In this role she provides healthcare to people often at the lowest point in their lives, when, for any number of reasons, they find themselves in custody. Many people are affected by drugs or alcohol and Jess’ team provide physical and mental healthcare to many who are disenfranchised and vulnerable.
Jess is naturally curious, and has therefore never been afraid of asking for help, or listening to it. She is a compassionate nurse, treating her staff and patients with the same respect, with a fierce respect for delivering evidence based healthcare.
Jess is a promoter of bringing healthcare to diverse places: not necessarily a hospital or health centre, or even a home – she wants to mobilise and treat people where they need help. She hopes that by becoming a Queen’s Nurse in a non-traditional role, it will embolden others to follow that path and take healthcare to new, yet necessary, places.
Her project seeks to address the four pillars of health inequalities within police custody – violence prevention, alcohol and drug use, mental health improvement and reducing trauma.
Elizabeth Gallagher, Nursing and Operations Manager
Her common sense / pragmatic approach to the challenges of working with our partner agency (Police Scotland) ensures that whatever the obstacles are they are overcome and we continue to progress and improve on a continuous basis. A great SCN and the service is lucky to have her.