Mental Health Practitioner Reconnect for Prison Leavers

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
Armley, Leeds
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

BDCFT is looking for enthusiastic and innovative Band 6 Mental Health professional to be an active part of Multi- Disciplinary Team within the prison setting, who can deliver a timely and compassionate assessment which effectively sign postsservice users with mental health issues who are in the Criminal Justice System.

This role will be to provide a service in partnership with the Liaison & Diversion team, with key aims of jointly and compassionately signposting service users into appropriate care and support who are located within the local prison services. The successful applicant will be working alongside Liaison & Diversion as part of the Reconnect Programme for those identified within a prison setting who require support and increase access and uptake of healthcare or relevant support services for individuals who have health vulnerabilities on release from Prison, either on remand or on completion of their sentence

The successful applicants will need to be an excellent motivated practitioner, able to work within another team, respecting their views and methods, while simultaneously promoting Mental Health and collaborative working. In addition, close relationships and partnership working will be essential with other key stake holders such as the Voluntary Care Sector, Local Authority, Blue light services and above all the service users and their families.

Main duties of the job

The aim of the service is to divert vulnerable people out of the criminal justice system and into services that can support them longer term.

West Yorkshire Liaison and Diversion (L&D) is an NHS England commissioned service delivered by Wakefield Council.

Reconnect Services aim to:

To provide Mental Health assessments, sign posting and safeguarding of service users in partnership with the Liaison & Diversion Team.

To navigate people leaving prison into community health care services and complete any necessary referrals to identified services

Increase access and uptake of healthcare or relevant support services for individuals who have health vulnerabilities on release from prison, either on remand or on completion of their sentence

Reduce health inequalities for prison leavers, ensuring health needs are met.

Build on the existing Liaison and Diversion model to encompass the criminal justice pathway and beyond the prison gate

The Reconnect Mental Health practitioner will work as a senior member of a multi-disciplinary team providing intensive mental health and social care assessments, to identify care pathways for individuals released from Prison. The Reconnect Mental Health practitioner will work in HMP Leeds, HMP New Hall and HMP Wealstun, undertaking intensive mental health and social care assessments, to identify those with health vulnerabilities and in need of support services on release and ensuring detailed care plans are in place.

About us

Everything we do is underpinned by our core values: -

We Care - We act with respect and empathy, and always value difference

We Listen - We understand people's views and respond to their individual needs

We Deliver - We develop and provide excellent services and support our partners

We will consider a variety of flexible working arrangements to enable staff to balance their work and home lives and support staff by offering a fantastic range of benefits including :

Increase mileage rates for > 3500

A wide range of health and wellbeing support packages

A range of internal and external development and learning opportunities

Plus many more.

We are also proud to pledge our support to the Armed Forces and hold a Bronze Award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

BDCFT is dedicated to environmental and social sustainability by delivering on the commitments within our Green Plan. All staff are actively encouraged and supported to participate in training and to identify and implement sustainable quality improvement across all service areas and activities.

Closing Date: 7th June 2023

Shortlisting Date: 8th June 2023

Interview Date - 15th of June 2023

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please read the attached Job description and person specification for further details about this role.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse Mental Health, Social Worker, or equivalent Allied Health professional for minimum of 2 years
  • Current NMC or equivalent Allied Health professional Registration


  • Qualification / training in criminal justice mental health related field
  • Clinical supervision qualification



  • Mental health care/treatment relevant to service
  • Working with people presenting in mental health crisis
  • Multi-agency working/working across service interfaces


  • Working within a closed environment

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