Forensic Healthcare Professional - London
Partnering Health Ltd
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PHL group are looking for a Forensic Healthcare Professionalto support City of London working in custody suite covering City of London working alongside police officers to assess and treat individuals detained in Police Custody.
Could you identify if a detainee is 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.
Main duties of the job
- 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 individuals 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.
PHL launched a custody healthcare service in January 2019 working as a service provider to Hampshire Police offering direct healthcare services to detained persons in one of the 4 custody centres in Hampshire.The service model involves suitably qualified healthcare professionals (including registered nurses, paramedics and forensic medical examiners) offering services in each of the custody suites for the assigned police force. The local teams work closely with local partner agencies such as substance misuse, mental health and liaison and diversion teams to offer a non-judgemental, patient focused approach which considers their immediate healthcare requirement, long term conditions and co-morbidities and the patients ongoing social and health needs.
PHLs values are embedded throughout the service, ensuring that we offer a caring and respectful service to all patients and partners but ensure we are accountable and work as part of the wider professional team that support these patients.
The service benefits from wider integration with PHLs local urgent care services which has been hugely beneficial to both the custody healthcare and urgent care clinical teams who have joint clinical professional development opportunities.
As a Health Care Professional, you will be joining our team of clinicians who are on hand 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to assess and address the health needs of detained persons, as well as conducting forensic medical examinations gathering evidence for use in the criminal justice system. The role will involve conducting clinical assessments, identifying and implementing appropriate interventions, collecting forensic samples, providing advice and guidance and maintaining detailed and accurate records to ensure the health, safety and welfare of detained persons held in police custody.
Experience and Key Skills
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).