Forensic Healthcare Professional
Southampton, Hampshire, England
- £ 34000 Per year
- Full time, Part time
- Job level
- Qualified (non-manager)
- 11 Mar 2020
- 11 Apr 2020
Are you looking for a new challenge in your medical career? Would you like the opportunity to put your clinical skills to use in a fast paced and challenging environment where no two days are the same?
PHL are looking for a full time Healthcare Professional to support Hampshire Constabulary in their custody suite in Southampton, working alongside police officers to take care of the health and wellbeing of individuals in police custody.
Could you identify if a detainee is aggressive or suffering from a mental health condition? If they are uncooperative or lacking diabetes medication? If they are a substance misuser or suffering from a head injury? Our Forensic HCPS are responsible for assessing and addressing the health needs of detained persons, as well as conducting forensic medical examinations gathering evidence for use in the criminal justice system.
You will be conducting clinical assessments, identifying and implementing appropriate interventions and collecting forensic samples. Providing advice and guidance to ensure appropriate care is maintained and keeping detailed and accurate records to ensure the health, safety and welfare of detained persons held in police custody.
We encourage you to contact us for an informal visit to the custody suite in order to see for yourself how varied and challenging this role can be.
Southampton Custody Suite
Effectively deliver the requirements of the forensic practitioner service following the Codes of Practice of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and locally agreed protocols.
Keep accurate, complete and contemporaneous notes of work carried out, including the recording of injuries. Ensure all activities are logged using the systems in use.
Provide advice and support to Custody Officers in determining the health care needs of detainees and the priorities of care. Seek telephone advice and refer cases to the Consultant FME when required.
Provide a professional, responsive and caring service to detained persons in the custody environment to support the Custody Sergeant and Officers in assessing the healthcare needs of detained persons and an effective care pathway throughout their time in custody.
Determine an individual’s fitness to be detained, fitness to be released, fitness to be interviewed and competence to understand charge.
Assessment of alcohol and drug intoxication and withdrawal.
Develop positive working relationships with Consultant FMEs and doctors, custody staff, police officers, local healthcare providers, drug referral workers, and other organisations which can contribute to service excellence.
Develop a rapport with detainees to determine their actual clinical needs.
Work cooperatively and productively, openly exchanging information and supporting colleagues to achieve team goals.
Act as a mentor for junior staff and assist in the training of new team members.
Be a positive, committed team member, who partakes in the more light-hearted interactions with clinical and custody colleagues, in what can be a challenging environment.
Registered Nurse or paramedic with minimum of 3 years’ service.
Full membership of the NMC or HCPC
Registered as RGN or RMN.
Must have a full UK driving license with access to your own vehicle for business use
Competent in oral and written English.
Have been continuously resident in the UK for at least 3 years.
Right to Work in the UK, UK/EU Passport or valid work visa
Ability to be cleared through the Police Vetting system: Level 3 NPPV clearance.
A DBS check is required for this post. PHL will undertake an initial check at the appropriate level on appointment. Any personal information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018.
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