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SARC Lead Sexual Offences Examiner - Band 7

Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
5 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time

Job Details

Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC) offer emotional and practical support as well as medical care to anyone who has experienced sexual violence or sexual abuse.

We are looking for a compassionate individual to join our Gloucestershire and Wiltshire team as a Lead Sexual Offences Examiner (22.5 hours).

The post holder will work in collaboration with the Clinical Director, and the SARC Service Managers to lead the operational and clinical management of the SARC service, providing day to day line management and leadership to the nursing staff.

The post holder will ensure the clinical team delivers a consistently high standard of Forensic and Clinical care whilst building and maintaining professional relationships with key internal and external partners across Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

The post holder will also contribute to the out-of-hours rota and be able to carry out Forensic Medical Examinations (FME), in accordance with Gloucestershire Health and Care (GHC), Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine (FFLM), Forensic Science Regulator (FSR) and Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) guidelines.

Please note that the post holder must be fully registered with the NMC, holding a license to practice.

Main duties of the job

  • To lead the SARC nursing team and support the Service Managers and Clinical Director with the day-to-day operational running of the centres ensuring there are sufficient clinical staffing levels at all times in line with the commissioning requirements.
  • To conduct staff appraisals and adhere to competency frameworks for ensuring that all staff are up-to-date with appropriate mandatory and essential to role training ensuring their competences are maintenance.
  • To support the Service Managers, and the Business Intelligence Teams, to implement, monitor and evaluate the SARC service providing monthly, quarterly and annual reports.
  • Work with SARC Service Managers to raise awareness and develop communication strategies with key partners and key referral service across Gloucestershire and Swindon & Wiltshire.
  • To provide telephone information, support and specialist advice to Police, Crisis Workers and victims/carers handling information that is highly sensitive and often distressing in nature.
  • To carry out Forensic Medical Examinations, for Police and self-referrals in accordance with GHC, FFLM, FSR and NMC guidelines.
  • To obtain relevant forensic samples as per FFLM recommendations, ensuring a secure chain of evidence.
  • To support the SARC management team in achieving the FSR ISO15189 Accreditation.
  • To conduct aftercare risk assessments and administer any relevant medication under Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust PGD's.

About us

At Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, we are supportive of the people we care for in the community and aim to provide a fully responsive service to everyone who needs it. This is the same approach we take for our employees. We look to value the skills and experiences of those we work with, whether they are service users, carers, families or those looking to work with us.

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust is part of the NHS. We treat NHS patients according to NHS principles and standards. The difference is the Trust is accountable to local people, rather than to Government, and so we are able to work closely with our community to develop services in the way that best suits the needs of local people.

Our Staff Survey results showed people at our Trust feel they are engaged, part of a team and work for a compassionate and inclusive organisation.

Our overall scores were better than average in eight of nine themes and level in one - the best overall results for a community, mental health and learning disabilities Trust in the south west and first equal amongst all sector NHS providers within the region too.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Gloucestershire Health and Care is committed to embedding and providing personalised care through all of its services as part of our high-quality care strategy. The purpose of personalised care is to empower people to lead the lives they want to live. Personalised care starts with a conversation with people about what matters to them. It builds on what people can do, as well as addressing their health needs. Including new ways of working and delivering care, emphasising that we need to make effective use of the full range of our peoples skills and experience to deliver the best possible patient care. So we want to know What Matters to You and that you will share our values and join us on this very important journey.

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.

Please refer to the Additional Information attachment before submitting your application.

Person Specification



  • Nursing or Midwifery degree and fully registered with the NMC, holding a license to practice
  • Post registration degree or equivalent experience/ training
  • Licentiateship of the Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine - Sexual Offence Medicine (LFFLM(SOM)), or willingness to undertake this qualification
  • Non-Medical Prescriber (NMP), or willingness to undertake this qualification
  • Advancing Practice in Clinical Assessment Reasoning and Differential Diagnosis, or willingness to undertake this qualification.



  • Significant and relevant post-graduate experience in a specialism such as Sexual Health, Genitourinary Medicine, General Practice or Obstetrics & Gynaecology in Band 6 or above
  • Significant and relevant post-graduate experience in a specialism such as Sexual Health, Genitourinary Medicine, General Practice or Obstetrics & Gynaecology in Band 6 or above
  • Clinical experience in Sexual Offence Medicine
  • Experience of working with patients in distress, requiring emotional support or having complex social care needs.



  • Evidence of achievements and career development in current post and of ongoing professional development / competence.
  • Ability to demonstrate and understanding of statutory requirements of SARCs and SOEs laid down by Forensic Science Regulator
  • Experience of managing a team and supervising staff.
  • Able to demonstrate an understanding of personnel / human resource management issues e.g. recruitment and retention, performance management.
  • Knowledge and understanding of sexual violence and of having a trauma informed approach to care
  • Competent with venepuncture
  • Competent in speculum examination


  • Experience of change management and service development
  • Experience of undertaking policy and service development projects.

Employer details

Employer name

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust


Hope House Sexual Assault Referral Centre

Sexual Health Clinic



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