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Police Support Practitioner

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per anuum pro rata
Closing date
29 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a Registered Mental Health Nurse or Occupational Therapist for this role with at least one years experience at a Band 6.

You will provide a telephone advice service to police officers, speak to individuals who are with the police and distressed and consider the best way to support the individual at that particular time. The aim of the service is to avoid detaining an individual under S136 if an alternative service would provide a less restrictive option. You will be supported in your decision making by Band 7 clinicians who are available 24hrs

You will liaise with clinicians in the CRHT, CMHT SPoA, CMHSOPS, Support and Signposting and Acute hospitals as well as the Police and will also be supported by a Band 4 Senior Support Worker who will manage the patient flow through the Places of Safety and support the phone lines.

You will liaise with the AMPH service.

Main duties of the job

Main duties of the job

The role provides the opportunity to use your clinical skills in a unique way.

The ability to speak and communicate clearly over the telephone

Duties of the role include liaising with partner agencies.

Completing clear clinical records and maintaining clinical standards

Supporting police officers in their decision making by providing them with clear and current information

Completing audits as required

Liaising with the Places of Safety and AMPH service to ensure assessments are completed in a timely manner

This is not an exhaustive list of duties as the service is currently forward planning

Respect - We value people as individuals, we treat others as we would like to be treated.

Openness - Work in a collaborative, transparent way.

Accountability - We are professional and responsible for our actions.

Working together - We work together to make a difference for our service users.

Innovation - We find creative ways to run efficient, high quality services.

Excellence - We listen and learn to continually improve our knowledge and ways of working

About us

Working for your organisation

Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

We take pride in our services - which are underpinned by our Trust values:

Job description

Job responsibilities


The Senior Mental Health Nurse is a key clinical leader within the team and will have continuing responsibility to assess, plan, coordinate, deliver and evaluate care, communicate findings, influence and drive change and promote health and best practice, patient safety and experience.

  • Carry out and coordinate comprehensive, systematic assessments, over the telephone, which take account of relevant mental, physical, social, cultural, psychological, spiritual, and environmental factors, in partnership with police and service user
  • Work collaboratively with other disciplines, service user and their carers to agree a holistic person centred safety plan that addresses the needs identified through assessment.
  • Liaise with partner agencies to ensure patient safety
  • To manage the flow of patients through the Trust Health Based Places of Safety ensuring that the safety of staff and patients is managed
  • To deliver and evaluate safe, person centred care in partnership with the service user and their teams to support recovery.
  • To act as a clinical leader supporting best practice in line with NICE guidance.
  • To facilitate and review approved Quality Improvement initiatives within the care setting

  • To adhere to the NMC registration and revalidation requirements.
  • To support and uphold the most current NMC Code of Conduct at all times.
  • To support the implementation of current and future Nursing Strategy.
  • To promote and to adhere to KMPTs strategies, policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • To support and behave in a way that upholds KMPT Trust values.
  • To carry out specific duties relevant to the setting e.g. offering police support and advice and liaising with AMPHS and the Places of Safety teams
  • To practise safely by being aware of and educating on the correct use, limitations and hazards of common interventions, including nursing activities and treatments.
  • To report any concerns promptly through the appropriate channels and modify plans when necessary to maintain safety, acting to keep patients and others safe.
  • To provide educational support to optimise health and wellbeing promoting self-care where possible, helping people to make choices about their needs and involve their carers where appropriate.
  • To safely manage and administer medications and monitor their effects.
  • To carry out specific duties relevant to the setting e.g. management etc.
  • Recording and reporting accurately any changes related to the patients current behaviour and/or risks to Nurse/healthcare professional in Charge in a timely manner.
  • Recording care given in a timely manner as per professional and local standards using approved KMPT systems.
  • To coordinate and make recommendations to the care plan process
  • To mentor, supervise and line manage staff.
  • To assess, act on and report any safeguarding concerns.
  • Promoting a healthy, safe and secure environment by adhering to Trust statutory health and safety requirements and maintaining confidentiality of information at all times in compliance with Trust policies, procedures, protocols and guidance.
  • Acting as a role model and supporting new team members through demonstration and explanation of tasks and techniques.
  • Facilitating, supporting and assessing staff undergoing personal and/or professional development.
  • Undertake and maintain all essential training to role.
  • Working confidently in a variety of environments according to changing service needs which present different challenges whilst continuing to act in a professional manner.
  • Balancing all aspects of the job role across the 7 day working pattern.
  • Being flexible and responsive to competing demands to ensure safe delivery of services.

  • Maintaining and promoting a safe environment within the allocation of Places of Safety taking account of infection control and identifying and reporting hazards and risks in a timely manner

Working a full range of shifts as per the requirements of the service. May also be required, at times, to work at other Trust units and/or sites.
  • Physically able to carry out all duties required of the care setting, following successful completion of physical interventions training as required.

  • Qualified and registered as an RMN with the approval to practice in the UK.
  • Completed and signed off preceptorship
  • To be registered to be able to mentor students
  • To have demonstrable advanced skills in Mental Health assessment formulation, risk assessment and care planning.
  • Work within the Mental Health Act Code of Practice and any other legislation relevant to the role.
  • To have knowledge of the Care Act and its implications for practice.
  • Undertaking all relevant training and participating in regular management/clinical supervision and annual appraisal.
  • Ability to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to travel between Trust sites in a timely manner.
  • Computer literate.


Job holders must be able to work competently in a challenging environment and be able to react to changing care demands whilst demonstrating the highest levels of care and empathy towards patients. This is across all aspects of the role in a flexible manner demonstrating the trust values.


Multi Disciplinary Team



External stakeholders


The post holder will be required to comply with the Trusts Standing Orders and Standing Financial Instructions and at all times, deal honestly with the Trust, with colleagues and all those who have dealings with the Trust including patients, relatives and suppliers.


The post holder will be required to observe local Health and Safety arrangements and take reasonable care of him/herself and persons that may be affected by his/her work.


All staff have a duty to identify, report and record incidents of potential or actual abuse. This statement applies whether the victim is an adult or child. All queries will be addressed by the Trust Safeguarding Team.


This job description will be used as a basis for individual performance review between the post holder and the Manager.

The job description covers only the key result areas, and as such does not intend to provide a comprehensive list of objectives. Specific objectives will be reviewed each April, and may develop to meet the changing needs of the service.

The post holder will need to take due account, in the way they achieve the key result areas of Trust policies and procedures.

The Trust aims to maintain the goodwill and confidence of its own staff service and users and the general public. To assist in achieving the objective it is essential that at all times, employees carry out their duties in a courteous and sympathetic manner.

The post holder will carry out their duties in accordance with the Trust Equal Opportunities Policy respecting the differing backgrounds of colleagues and clients.

Please see job description for full details.

Person Specification



  • Experience At least one year experience as a Band 6 nurse
  • Acute experience
  • Good knowledge of Section 136 MHA
  • Ability to identify risk and identify a risk management plan
  • Current NMC registration
  • Able to communicate in a clear written and verbal manner


  • Experience of interagency working



  • Experience At least one year experience as a Band 6 nurse
  • Acute experience

Employer details

Employer name

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust


Priority House, Maidstone

Hermitage Lane


ME16 9PH

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