Custody Nurse Practitioner Frequently Asked Questions You MUST be a Registered General Nurse holding current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. What skills and experience are required for the role? You MUST be a Registered General Nurse holding current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. You WILL have a competency level equivalent to NHS Band 6 within the Health Service. You should show the following Core skills in your application: Effective communication Organisational Skills Negotiation Skills You may have a significant post registration experience in: A & E, Substance Misuse, Mental Health, Community Nursing, Prison or other relevant discipline, to enable you to work autonomously in this role. The following would also be beneficial: Basic Life Support. Experience of autonomous practice. Energy and focus will be required to deliver the high standard of healthcare care expected across the Custody Suites. A Full UK Manual driving licence. You can still apply for the role of Custody Nurse Practitioner if you do not have a full UK Manual driving licence; however this may limit the Boroughs we are able to post you to. What is the Salary and Annual Leave entitlement for this role? Your starting Salary will be £28,443 progressing to £35,053 by annual increments. In addition, there is location allowance of £ 3,466 (Inner London) or £1,883 (Outer London) gross per annum dependant upon your location. This position also attracts a 20% shift disturbance allowance. You will be paid monthly by credit transfer to your bank or building society account. In addition to public holidays, which total eight days, the paid Annual Leave entitlement will be 28 days on appointment, rising to 32 days after five years’ service. How is Annual Leave calculated and how much notice will I have to give? A day’s Annual Leave for a non shift worker is 7.2 hours; therefore, to work out the entitlement for Custody Nurse Practitioners, the 28 days entitlement requires conversion into hours. The following calculation applies: 7.2 X 28 = 201.6 hours For each shift taken as Annual Leave, eleven hours are removed from the entitlement. This means Custody Nurse Practitioners are entitled to 18.3 shifts Annual Leave. As we have a fixed rota, you will be required to give six weeks’ notice for Annual Leave. All Annual Leave requests are at the discretion of your Line Manager, including any necessary requests without the full six weeks’ notice. How do I complete the application? The questions on the Custody Nurse Practitioner application are evidence based. Guidance on how to complete the form can be found on the ‘Application Guidance Notes’ document which can be found on the MPS careers website by using the link: http://www.metpolicecareers.co.uk/media/pdf/police_staff_guidance_notes.pdf Will I be moved from the Custody Suite I am based at? Some Boroughs have mobile sites, this means that Custody Nurse Practitioners work between two Custody Suites within close proximity to each other, providing that the Custody Nurse Practitioner has a driving licence and has passed the MPS driving test. Operational requirements mean that, at times, you will be asked to carry out a shift at another Borough. We will give you as much notice as is operationally possible, however, sometimes short notice moves are required. When this is the case your travelling time is taken into account to allow you to leave home at the normal time for you and the shift will finish allowing you to return home at your normal time. Ideally, we aim for no one to have to cover another suite more than four times in a 13 shift period. If you are required to move to another Borough for a shift at a different time to your rota pattern, i.e. from a day to a night shift, you will be given 28 days’ notice. How many nights and weekends will I be expected to work? Normal practice is six nights, however, operational requirements may mean you could be asked to work seven nights within your four week rota. You will work no more than four weekend shifts, within the set four week period. Although you should be aware that Friday nights are not counted as a weekend shift. Any additional shifts above those listed above will require your approval first. Flexible working - what are the options available to me? As part of the application form, there is an option to request flexible working. You are able to request working a reduced number of shifts, however, you must commit to a twelve hour shift pattern and we cannot offer a reduction in the number of hours per shift. The fundamental role of a Custody Nurse Practitioner is to provide support to the Custody Officer by ensuring the provision of healthcare to detained persons. It is a 24/7 role undertaken on a varying shift pattern that includes early mornings, night shifts at weekends and Public Holidays. Custody Nurse Practitioners are required to work a twelve hour shift pattern. The overriding necessity is to provide support to the Custody Officer and the Borough; therefore, there is no guarantee your working pattern will be approved. Am I able to have a second job whilst working with the MPS? The MPS must be your primary employer, however, you can apply for permission to undertake secondary employment. If successful, restrictions may be placed on the number of hours you work outside of the MPS in order to ensure you have a healthy work / life balance and that you are carrying out the Custody Nurse Practitioner role to the best of your ability. Any application will be reviewed at agreed intervals. What is the probation process? You will be on probation within the MPS for the first twelve months of your career in the MPS. As part of this process you will meet with your Line Manager at three months, six months and ten months to complete a report on your progress and ensure you are complying with the attendance management policy at each stage. In order to prepare these reports, you will meet with your Line Manager to discuss all aspects of your role including documentation, clinical practice and any concerns that you as an individual might have. Will there be a period when I will be supernumerary once in custody? No, after you complete your five week training you will be deployed to custody and be an autonomous practitioner with the support of your Line Manager. What does the five week training consist of? The five week training consists of three weeks MPS based training and two weeks of clinical training. The MPS training will inform you of the processes of custody, diversity and the roles of your colleagues in custody. The aim of this training is to familiarise you with working in the MPS and inform you of processes that you will not previously have been aware of, i.e. PACE and the rights of detainees whilst in police custody. The clinical training is there to inform you of how clinical practice is carried out within the custody environment looking at, i.e. PGDs, forensic samples and confidentiality to name but a few. What next? Please complete the application form and the equal opportunities monitoring form. The application form and any other forms should be emailed* by 4pm on the closing date to email@example.com * if you do not have internet access please post to:- Business Support Unit Metropolitan Police Service Simpson House Peel Centre Aerodrome Road Hendon London NW9 5RH Please do not email and post your application as this causes duplication. The recruitment process is thorough and consequently can be quite lengthy. All completed applications received will be acknowledged in writing. Until an offer of appointment is confirmed in writing, you should not assume your application has been successful.
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