about 4 hours ago
Job objectives and responsibilities
To flexibly work across an assigned region to provide physical and mental health assessments, carrying out forensic procedures, vulnerability screenings, and care for detainees, victims and staff, in the Police Custody Suites and Forces within the North West area.
Place the health and wellbeing of the detainee at the heart of excellent health care: dealing with any medical conditions and emergencies whilst they are in custody, and referring them onto the correct pathways: e.g. Mental health teams, drug and alcohol rehabilitation teams, social services and safeguarding.
- To deliver the requirements of the forensic practitioner service following the Codes of Practice of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and the locally agreed protocols.
- Provide advice and support to custody officers in determining the health care needs of detainees and the priorities of care, seeking advice from Seniors, Lead Seniors and Clinical Leads on call when required.
- Attend other sites as required: e.g. hospitals to carry out blood and toxicology procedures
- Work with other members of the team including Liaison & Diversion, Court staff and Community Teams (where applicable) to ensure a seamless service is delivered, demonstrating flexibility and acting supportively at all times.
- Identify vulnerabilities and make referrals to external services for the ongoing support of the service user
- Assist in the training of new team members where you have the skills and experience to do so
- Develop positive working relationships with the, custody staff, police officers, any Clinical Leads on call, liaison and diversion colleagues, and other organisations contributing to the excellence of the service.
- Keep accurate, complete and contemporaneous notes of work carried out, including the recording of injuries. Ensure all activities are logged using the appropriate systems: e.g. SystmOne, Rostering Management System (RMS), Service User Management System (SUMS), and relevant police force systems.
- Provide written statements for court procedures, attending court when required to do so
- Make use of clinical supervision opportunities to evaluate your own work and development, including regular attendance at primary contract's Local Clinical Governance meetings and monthly 1-1 supervisions.
- Participate in the collection of data for service audits and other mechanisms for achieving continuous service improvement.
- Abide by the NMC / HCPC code of conduct, maintain professional development through training and experience, and use opportunities to promote the role of health care professionals in the custody setting.
- Promote the health and safety of staff and detainees in accordance with any Health & Safety policies, taking action to remedy any observed problems and working in a way that minimises risk.
- Takes responsibility for updating themselves on procedural and clinical updates on the central systems (RMS) to ensure they are operating to the latest practices and standards
- Takes on responsibilities of tasks delegated by the company/management team as required.
2 years of post-qualification experience in a health care professional role
Ability to work swiftly, with accuracy, in a busy environment
Confident working independently with minimal supervision
Have been continuously resident in the UK for at least 36 months
A full UK driving licence, own car, and a willingness to travel as required across the assigned region
Registered as Registered General Nurse (RGN), dual RGN & Registered Mental Nurse (RMN) or Paramedic
Competent in oral and written English
Full membership of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC)
Committed to completing any training that is a requirement of the role
Basic IT Skills: Confident updating central computer records on multiple systems
Previous nursing/paramedic experience obtained within a custody or primary care environment
Care & Custody HCPs are RGNs or Paramedics who are qualified Healthcare Professionals working in partnership with 12 National Police Forces, to pro-actively reduce re-offending.