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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 16/09/2021.

Police Custody Healthcare Professional

Job Reference: 833-SS-SP-507-21

(SP) Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Police Custody
£32,306 to £39,027 pa (pro rata)

We are delighted to announce that we have been rated as a “Good” organisation by CQC and our Adults Services were rated ‘Outstanding’ for caring.

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Are you a paramedic or A&E nurse looking for a new challenge working in an alternative healthcare setting? We deliver transformational models of forensic, physical and mental healthcare into police custody suites.

Police Custody Healthcare professionals play a pivotal role assisting the criminal justice system. We believe we can make a real difference to those with vulnerabilities and healthcare needs whilst being able to support the police with obtaining evidential samples. We care for some of the most vulnerable people in society who are taken into custody suites. Operating with independence and autonomy, your actions can be lifesaving when you consider the physical and mental challenges of people who often have a high dependency on drugs and alcohol and exhibit difficult behaviours’. Maintaining detailed and accurate records to ensure the health, safety and welfare of detained persons held in police custody is paramount.

Role involvement this will include;
• Conducting clinical assessments to identify if patients are fit to be detained in custody.
• Continued provision of care identified during assessment including the management of long Term Conditions, Minor illness and injuries and Emergency treatment.
• Mental health and substance misuse assessments and management
• Forensic sampling including road traffic offence bloods
• Providing substance misuse therapies whilst in custody
• Referrals and sign posting to support wider vulnerabilities
• Collaborative working, onward referrals and sign posting to external agencies
• Maintaining detailed and accurate records to ensure the health, safety and welfare of detained persons held in police custody.

You may be requested to obtain forensic samples and assessments for fitness to be detained/ interviewed in a community setting which may include hospitals and patient homes etc.

Leeds Community Healthcare has a strong culture based on deeply-held values, and our focus at all times is on delivering high quality care to the communities we serve.

In our most recent CQC evaluation, we were rated "Good", with our Adult Services rated "Outstanding" for caring.

Alongside providing a range of community-based health services across Leeds we also provide a Yorkshire and Humber wide regional service to Police Custody.

Locations are
Humberside - Birchin Way (Grimsby) and Clough road (Hull), and on occasion Priory Road (Hull).
North Yorkshire- Harrogate, Scarborough and York.
South Yorkshire- Barnsley, Doncaster and Shepcote.
West Yorkshire – Bradford, Elland Road, Halifax, Huddersfield and Normanton.
There may be occasions for training purposes and operational requirements that you may have to attend the custody suites and Leeds central offices. This is a 24-hour fast paced service requiring flexibility and rostered shift work.

We also visit people in their homes, local health Centre’s and hospitals, and work in partnership with other local Trusts, charities, Leeds City Council and partnering organizations.

If you're a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual, with a background and professional registration, either a nurse or a paramedic we want to hear from you. (RMN’s must also have relevant physical assessment experience).

The UK Association of Forensic Nursing recommends a minimum of 3-4 years’ experience post-registration. We also welcome advanced skills including Non-medical prescribing.

You'll have extensive experience of working in a relevant speciality, such as General Practice, A&E, walk-in centre, substance misuse services, prison healthcare or mental health liaison service in an A&E.

This is an autonomous role where you will need to be confident with your clinical skills, emergency response and decision making as you will be working independently and your actions can be lifesaving.

You need to be flexible in order to deal with a wide variety of presenting conditions and situations and be able to work under pressure in a challenging and fast-paced environment.

As you'll be working collaboratively with other organisations within your suites (Police, Liaison and Diversion, drug services etc) as well as colleagues across the region, highly effective communication and documentation skills are a must.

Full training will be provided along with an ongoing development and support programme tailored to the individuals need. We actively encourage ongoing professional development within the service remit.

This role requires full police vetting, and it is essential that you can travel independently across the area and have access to a suitable vehicle for business purposes.

If you feel like we're the place for you, why not click that apply button?

If you are successful in being offered a position which involves working with patients, you will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The level of check required is dependent upon the position that you have applied for. The Trust will administer the DBS check on your behalf and will recover the cost from your salary. There will be no charge if you are enrolled in the DBS Update Service.

**Please be advised that at all stages of the recruitment process NHS staff from the Yorkshire and Humber region designated ‘at risk’ or ‘affected by change’ will be given priority consideration. If you are ‘at risk’ or ‘affected by change’ please make it clear on your application so that you receive priority consideration.**

Please note: all correspondence regarding this vacancy including the interview process will be sent to your registered NHS jobs e-mail address.

Please ensure you meet all the essential requirements in the person specification before applying for this vacancy.

Recruiting Managers may close an advert once sufficient applications have been received therefore all candidates are strongly advised to complete their application as soon as possible.

If you have not heard within four weeks of the closing date please assume that on this occasion you have been unsuccessful.

The Trust operates a no smoking policy and is a smoke free environment.

We are committed to improving the working lives of our employees and we have an active flexible working policy and welcome applications for job share and flexible working. As an equal opportunities employer we also welcome applications from anyone, irrespective of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, religious beliefs or disability as we embrace diversity within our workforce.

We are also looking for applicants with lived experience of providing unpaid care and/or support to a family member or friend with a disability, health condition, frailty, mental health problem, addiction or other health and care needs.

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