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Health & Justice Liaison and Diversion Practitioner

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 per annum inc. Inner HCAS Pro rata
Closing date
30 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
The role involves working with a wide range of services such as the police, probation, the court and legal services as well as both inpatient and community health and social care services.

Successful candidates will need to have excellent communication skills as well as the flexibility to work alongside these different groups. Candidates will need to be able to work effectively as part of a team as well as having the skills and confidence to work as individuals in a range of environments. Supervision and consultation are available to the team to support practice.

Court and police Liaison and Diversion services are an exciting and developing area of care. We offer a range of opportunities to staff who would like to gain knowledge and experience within the health and justice systems.

Main duties of the job

  • To act as an autonomous practitioner in court detention cells. The post holder will also be expected to assess an individual's mental state and risk and within the context of the alleged offence and the criminal justice system, implement a care pathway for each individual.
  • To undertake a full mental state assessment, risk assessment, and gather a background history for individuals with a variety of needs. These would include those with a serious mental illness or personality disorder and associated learning, social, personal, dependency and substance misuse issues who are in court detention.

About us

The CNWL Liaison and Diversion teams are part of a highly respected and innovative service that works currently across health and social services and the criminal justice system in central and North West London.

The service is funded through the NHS England Liaison and Diversion programme. Liaison and Diversion (L& D) services identify clients who have mental health, learning disability, substance misuse or other vulnerabilities when they first come into contact with the criminal justice system as suspects, defendants or offenders.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To prepare accurate written reports following assessment in line with quality standards.
  • To make clinical judgements in custody on situations as they arise, or change.
  • To accept referrals from Court cell area, the Bench, Council, Probation, DIP Team workers, solicitors, family or the defendant or any other Court user, who become aware of or have clients with a dual diagnosis or are presenting with a possible mental disorder. This is in addition to accepting referrals from in-patient services and CMHTs

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • Qualified Registered Mental Nurse, Mental Health Social Worker or Occupational Therapist with current registration with the relevant professional body
  • Substantial evidence of continuing professional development and post registration training.


  • Post registration qualification in forensic mental health.

Previous Experience


  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary/multi- agency team.
  • Post-registration experience, which is experience of working in a community or forensic psychiatric setting at Band 6 or equivalent or above.
  • Experience of crisis work and risk assessment


  • Experience of working in forensic psychiatry
  • Experience of the assessment of clients with drug/alcohol related problems and clients with a history of transience or homelessness.
  • Experience in Liaison and Diversion.

Skills and knowledge


  • The ability to make comprehensive psycho-social assessments and good report writing skills
  • Ability to make sound and safe risk assessments
  • Evidence of effective time management and organisational skills.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary/multi- agency team.
  • Ability to treat service users with respect and dignity at all times, adopting a culturally sensitive approach that considers the needs of the whole person.
  • Able to build constructive relationships with warmth and empathy, using good communication skills.


  • Skills in assessing people with forensic history or need
  • Knowledge of current legislation relating to community mental health provision and forensic psychiatry
  • Knowledge of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) 1884 and PACE Codes of Practice 2004.
  • Ability to promote users' involvement.

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


Westminster Magistrates Court

181 Marylebone Road



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