Custody Healthcare Practitioner (Registered Nurse / Registered Paramedic)

Metropolitan Police Service
£49,326 to £54,554 depending on experience
Closing date
29 Feb 2024

Job Details

Experienced first level Registered Adult / Mental Health Nurses and Paramedics required.

Aggressive? Or suffering from a mental health crisis? Uncooperative? Or in need of an appropriate adult? Substance misuser? Or suffering from a head injury? This is where your detective skills really count.

Are you looking for a hugely rewarding challenge in a new environment? Are you ready to put your clinical knowledge to the test, whilst enhancing your independent practice?

The Met Police are seeking confident, experienced clinicians who wish to work as an integral part of the custody suite team throughout London. You will be skilled in the provision of care for acutely unwell patients and have an aptitude for managing mental health conditions.

We will introduce you to new areas of practice through a custody-focused induction and you will be able to develop skills through supported shifts.

The development programme will prepare you to take responsibility for:

  • Ensuring the continuing health, safety and welfare of detainees within police custody Assessing and formulating tailored care plans for vulnerable people with multiple medical conditions – some of which may limit their ability to be detained and interviewed Providing clinical guidance for custody staff responsible for the observation of detainees Ensuring accurate clinical and police records Responding to clinical emergencies Collecting forensic samples to assist police in their investigations Commitment to improving clinical practice through education, research and innovation.

We actively support professional development with an in-house programme and access to external courses using the annual CPD funding of £1,000.

Salary: Basic salary will be between £49,326 to £54,554 depending on experience, this includes 20% shift allowance (15% during induction) plus location allowance. We also offer generous bonus scheme including £2,500 joining bonus, £2,500 bonus after one year's service.

Working pattern 2 days, 2 nights, 4 days off duty continuous rota.

Essential Criteria

You MUST be a first level registered adult nurse, mental health nurse or paramedic holding current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council / Health and Care Professions Council.

You MUST have been registered for a minimum of three years.

You WILL have a competency level equivalent to NHS Band 6 within the Health Service.

You MUST be competent in venepuncture on your first day of appointment.

Further Reading

In support of your application and future interview, we recommend background reading on Police Custody as you will need to have some awareness of this during your interview. 

We will not expect you to have an in-depth knowledge of any area of Police Custody or PACE (Police and Criminal Evidence Ace 1984) as you will receive full training if you are successful after interview, however, as you may be asked to apply clinical knowledge to an unfamiliar location or situation, it would be beneficial for you to gain a basic overview.


If you are selected for interview, there will be an initial 30 minute Microsoft Teams interview to discuss your experience and clinical skills.

Successful candidates will then progress to a second interview. This will be a 60 minute face-to-face interview looking in detail at your transferrable skills and competencies to work as an independent practitioner in custody.

Click the apply now button below and start your career at the Met. 

Thank you for applying for the role of Custody Healthcare Practitioner (Nurse or Paramedic). We look forward to receiving your application and where you are selected to attend for an interview this will be in two stages.

Stage 1 – 30 minute MS Teams interview discussing your experience and clinical skills

Successful candidates will then progress to the next stage.

Stage 2 – 1 hour face to face interview looking more in-depth at your transferrable skills and competencies to work as an independent practitioner in custody.

The MPS’s recruitment practices reflect our commitment to safeguarding the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. The MPS is an equal opportunities employer.

We view diversity as fundamental to our success. To tackle today’s complex policing challenges, we need a workforce made up from all of London’s communities. Applications from across the community are therefore essential.

As a Disability Confident Committed Employer the Met have committed to ensuring that disabled people and those with long-term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.


Healthcare Practitioners play an essential role in ensuring detainees coming through police custody, have access to urgent and emergency care. No two days are the same; working as an independent clinician, you will see a range of people with medical, mental health, injuries and health conditions.

MPS are the largest police service in England- with around 145,000 detainees every year.

We offer a supported induction, professional development programme, opportunity for career progression and a generous recruitment & retention package.


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