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Police Custody Nurse/ Paramedic

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
7 Jun 2024
Are you looking for a new challenge working in an alternative healthcare setting? We deliver transformational models of forensic, physical and mental healthcare into police custody suites. We care for some of the most vulnerable people in society who are taken into custody suites. Operating with independence and autonomy, your actions can be lifesaving when you consider the physical and mental challenges of people who often have a high dependency on drugs and alcohol and exhibit difficult behaviors.This role requires full police vetting, and it is essential that you can travel independently across the area and have access to a suitable vehicle for business purposes. You need to be flexible in order to deal with a wide variety of presenting conditions and situations and be able to work under pressure in a challenging and fast-paced environment. This is a 24-hour fast paced service requiring flexibility and rostered shift work. 8 week flexible rota. Shift times 06:45-19:00 18:45-07:00

Main duties of the job

The role will include Conducting clinical assessments to identify if patients are fit to be detained in custody. Continued provision of care identified during assessment including the management of long Term Conditions, Minor illness and injuries and Emergency treatment. Mental health and substance misuse assessments and management Forensic sampling including road traffic offence bloods Providing substance misuse therapies whilst in custody Acting as clinical shift leave Collaborative working, onward referrals and sign posting to external agencies Maintaining detailed and accurate records to ensure the health, safety and welfare of detained persons held in police custody. You may be requested to obtain forensic samples and assessments for fitness to be detained/ interviewed in a community setting which may include hospitals and patient homes etc. Full training will be provided along with an ongoing development and support programme

About us

Who are we?

Leeds Community Healthcare provides a range of community-based health services across the whole city. We treat people in their homes, local health centres and community hospitals, and work in partnership with other local Trusts, charities and Leeds City Council.

We have a strong culture based on deeply-held values, and our focus at all times is on delivering high quality care to the people of Leeds. In our most recent CQC evaluation, we were rated Good, with our Adult Services rated Outstanding for caring.

Perks of the job

Our benefits range from generous annual leave to access to NHS discount sites. You can find the full list of attractive benefits and rewards at www.leedscommunityhealthcare.nhs.ukclick on the Join Our Team Tab.

Right to Work

This role is based in the UK. Employment is conditional on confirmation of the right to work in the UK - either as a UK or Irish citizen, under the EU settlement scheme or having secured any other relevant work visa. If you do nothave the right to work in the UK and the role does not meet eligibility for sponsorship, please consider carefully whether you meet the eligibility to apply.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Purpose

The post holder will be responsible for their own caseload within their speciality area as an autonomous practitioner. In doing so, they will assess, plan, deliver and evaluate patient centred programmes of care to a specialist level ensuring that they practice within their sphere of competence and knowledge. The post holder will work to professional and regulatory body codes, standards and guidance at all times ensuring that their practice is grounded in evidence based theoretical and practical knowledge.

Key Responsibilities

1. Clinical

1.1. Demonstrates a detailed theoretical and practical knowledge of common aetiologies, pathologies, conditions and presentations involving a critical understanding of theories and principles

1.2. Demonstrates innovative and specialist skills to select methods and tools to holistically assess, plan, implement and evaluate in a complex and specialised field of work.

1.3. Demonstrates highly developed physical skills where dexterity and accuracy are important e.g. syringe pumps and infusions, manual treatments

1.4. Makes consistent judgements requiring complex fact analysis, interpretation and comparison of options and ensures clinical reasoning is reflected accurately in case records

1.5. Engages and actively involves the individual and, if appropriate, their family/carer, in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of programmes of treatment and/or care by using person-centred techniques to promote a culture of involvement and empowerment

1.6. Works to standards of proficiency identified by their professional and regulatory bodies performing clinical treatments/procedures to a competent standard

1.7. Prioritises their own workload, and that of the wider team, within agreed objectives deciding when to refer to others as appropriate.

1.8. Provides and receives complex, sensitive or contentious information where motivational, persuasive, empathetic, negotiating and reassurance skills are required whilst demonstrating an understanding of barriers to communication

1.9. Approaches each individual with care, compassion and sensitivity ensuring that these values are reflected in all areas of practice including the management of any complaints and compliments.

1.10. To comply with the organisations Infection Prevention and Control requirements, including bare below the elbows dress code for staff with a direct care delivery role

Person Specification



  • Professional registration, either a nurse or a paramedic we want to hear from you. (RMNs must also have relevant physical assessment experience).
  • Professional degree or diploma in relevant field.
  • Must be willing to participate in any relevant training identified to develop skills required to carry out duties.
  • Venepuncture.


  • Practice assessor.
  • NMP.



  • The UK Association of Forensic Nursing recommends a minimum of 3-4 years experience post-registration. We also welcome advanced skills.
  • You'll have extensive experience of working in a relevant speciality, such as General Practice, A& E, walk-in centre, substance misuse services, prison healthcare or mental health liaison service in an A& E.


  • Working in community or primary care based teams.
  • Experience in research and/or clinical audit.

Skills and Attributes


  • This is an autonomous role where you will need to be confident with your clinical skills, emergency response and decision making as you will be working independently.
  • As you'll be working collaboratively with other organisations within your suites (Police, Liaison and Diversion, drug services etc) as well as colleagues across the region, highly effective communication and documentation skills are a must.


  • Use of S1 and Healthroster.

Additional Criteria


  • Car Driver.
  • Car owner/driver or suitable alternative transport to enable you to undertake the job

Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust


Elland Road Police Station

Elland Road


LS11 8TU

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