Forensic Healthcare Practitioner (Folkestone/Maidstone) (Folkestone / Maidstone, GB)


Location of Role: Folkestone / Maidstone 

Advert Closing Date: 22/11/2023 

Starting Salary: £38,349.00 (pro-rata for part-time vacancies)

Part/Full Time: Full Time 

Contract Type: Permanent 

Working Pattern: 24/7 shift 

Weekend/Evening Working: Yes 


An exciting opportunity has arisen for an individual to undertake the role of Forensic Healthcare Practitioner based at Maidstone and Folkstone Police Stations, though as a county wide resource there is a requirement for you to travel between Police Stations around the county.


The successful applicant will be a registered General Nurse or Paramedic, holding a current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council or equivalent with a minimum of 3 years post registration and a competency level equivalent to 'pay band 6’ in the Health Service.


They will also be assessed as competent to practice autonomously and able 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.


You will need to 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 must have excellent communication skills, combined with the ability to quickly build a rapport with individuals under sometimes difficult or confrontational circumstances, showing discretion, tact and diplomacy at all times. Good organising 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 must 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.


Whilst the short-listing / assessment dates have been provided, these may be subject to change due to business requirements.


Kent Police offer incremental increases within this salary band, therefore the salary for this position will rise to a maximum of £43,524.00.


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Your application is shortlisted on the content provided within the 'reason for application' section, which is limited to 9000 characters. Within your answer please refer to the criteria stated in this job advert and include any experience, skills and abilities you feel you have that will make you suitable for the role. Please ensure you provide as much detail as possible as insufficient information may mean that you do not meet the shortlisting criteria. 


All of our posts require a level of vetting and security clearance.  During the recruitment process you will be sent vetting information forms to complete. 


Kent Police welcomes applications regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, sex, or employment status.


Please let us know if you require extra support at any stage of the application process, or for further information regarding this position, please email us at stating ‘Application Support and Adjustments’ in the title of your email. Alternatively, you can call us on 01245 452833. Where appropriate we will make adjustments to the selection process, working arrangements and/or the working environment provided it is reasonable in all the circumstances to do so.


This post is open to British Citizens, members of the EC or other states in the European Economic Area. If you are a Commonwealth citizen or a foreign national, you must be a resident in the UK free of restrictions and with indefinite leave to remain in the UK. All applicants must have lived in the UK continuously for the past three years.


Kent Police are an equal opportunities employer. Communications may be recorded for monitoring purposes.

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