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Custody Care Practitioner

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
Bishop Auckland
£43,742 to £50,056 a year Per Annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest integrated care providers in England, serving a population of around 600,000 people. We are a high performing organisation with a track record of success.

The successful candidate will be expected to provide a high quality holistic health management for patients detained within Durham Constabulary Custody Suites and forensic service throughout the County Durham and Darlington area.

Total Healthcare requires a permanent Custody Care Practitioner to work within its existing team of Forensic Practitioners and Forensic Medical Examiners. The purpose of the role is to provide high quality holistic forensic healthcare to detainees in Police Custody Suites throughout County Durham and other non-custody locations.

The role requires a high level of autonomous confidence and a sound knowledge of forensic

practices in order to provide the delivery of highly specialist healthcare to support the Criminal

Justice System in collaboration with Durham Constabulary.

Main duties of the job

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the Total Healthcare Service. To provide healthcare services to detainees in Police Custody and in non custodial settings. Provide specialist advice to detainees, detention staff, Police Officers or any other person involved in the detention process.

About us

If you are being interviewed you must accept an interview slot in the system to continue, even if you have arranged with the manager

You must be able to produce ALL certificates stated essential in the person specification or you will not be able to complete pre-employment checks

To be eligible for Health and Care Worker visa sponsorship you will usually need to be paid at least �25,600 per year

We provide hospital services from two acute sites - Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham. We have a centre for planned care in Bishop Auckland and provide care from community hospitals in Chester-le-Street, Shotley Bridge, Barnard Castle, Sedgefield and Weardale as well as over 80 other community based settings and providing care in patients' homes.

At County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust our aim is to always deliver excellent care with compassion to deliver the highest quality of care our patients deserve. We value the personal skills, experiences and qualities that individuals bring to the Trust; creating an inclusive working environment to attract talented people who feel motivated, involved and able to influence the future direction of our services.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented

Full Job Descriptions can be found in the adverts supporting documents

Job description

Job responsibilities

We are looking to recruit a motivated individual with clinical skills to provide healthcare within custodial setting.

Experience within Minor Injuries/illness is advantageous.

Must be willing to undertake Forensic training.

You must be an excellent role model, able to facilitate change and service improvements.

Person Specification

Statutory Registration


  • Current NMC of HPC registration

Special Skills & Knowledge


  • Understanding of the Criminal Justice system and National Agenda
  • Working Knowledge of PACE 1984, RTA sec 5, Police reform Act 2000.
  • Working knowledge of the Safer Detention and handlingof persons in police custody guidelines 2006


  • Completion of all in house Custody related courses



  • RGN or Qualified Paramedic
  • Degree Level Qualification or equivalent in a health related area
  • Accredited Clinical Skills Course
  • Teaching and Assessing Qualification or relevant experience


  • FFLM or UKAFN Membership
  • Forensic qualifications
  • Accredited Forensic/Custody related qualifications
  • Prescribing qualification

Special Requirements


  • Successful Non Police Personnel Vetting Level 2 approval
  • Computer literate
  • Ability to drive in all weather conditions, at all times of day across the County to fulfil the requirements of the post


  • Current NPPV level 2 vetting approval
  • Able to use NSPIS, MS Office, SystmOne



  • Experience within a custodial setting, minor injury unit or accident and emergency environment.
  • Experience of working in a changing environment

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