Forensic Healthcare Practitioner

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Forensic Healthcare Practitioner


Perm role / Full-time hours / Kent / £33,939 - £38,775


Deadline to Apply 26th October 

An exciting opportunity has arisen for two full time Forensic Healthcare Practitioner’s to join the team covering, Folkestone/Maidstone or Canterbury. The successful applicants will be a registered General Nurse or Paramedic, holding current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, or equivalent, ideally with a minimum of 3 years post registration and a competency level equivalent to 'pay band 6’ in the Health Service.

Due to the nature of the role, candidates will be assessed as competent to practice autonomously and have the ability to work without supervision.

A background in a specialism such as Emergency Department, or acute medical setting with an understanding of illicit drugs, mental health or other relevant discipline would also be desirable. The post holder must be competent to issue medication in line with the Patient Group Directive and, as part of this, will have a sound working knowledge of drugs and their applications as well as the relevant legislation.

Personal qualities and skills

You will have good information gathering skills, problem solving and a high level of clinical decision-making skills to enable you to determine whether or not a person with medical, mental, drug or alcohol issues is fit to be detained or interviewed.

The role requires the collection of Forensic Samples which include Venous blood, therefore a certificate in Phlebotomy and Cannulation is essential.

You will have excellent communication skills, combined with the ability to quickly build rapport with individuals under sometimes difficult or confrontational circumstances, showing discretion, tact and diplomacy at all times. Good organisation and time management skills, an eye for detail and the ability to effectively share knowledge and promote understanding of health issues are also vital to the role.  

You will also need to be competent in the use of IT, particularly Microsoft Office products and email.

You will be able to maintain professional detachment and be comfortable working in a role where you are required to be supportive to the individual whilst working in an enforcement environment. This may mean you will be required to share information, within the appropriate bounds of confidentiality that may lead to action being taken against the individual in line with the force’s core business. 

You will be required to attend the custody suites in a number of policing areas as well as other external sites such as hospitals or scenes of sudden deaths, and therefore be required to drive an unmarked / marked police vehicle, hence a full manual driving licence is essential.

This role operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week shift pattern that covers days and night working.

You will be provided with a two-week induction-training programme prior to commencement. This will equip you with the specialised skills needed to perform the role within a law enforcement environment.

If you require any further information on the role, please contact Chrissie Rook 01622 653215.

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