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Custody Practitioner

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
25 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity to work as part of the new expanded Liaison and Diversion Service. The post will be based in Middlewich Police Custody but will have opportunities to attend Chester and Runcorn custody sites.

This post will increase the capacity of the existing L& D team and will be working closely with the current staff.

This role will include providing high quality assessments for people attending Police Custody. The service will be delivered to peoples who present with any vulnerability including but not limited to mental health, physical health, learning disability, head injury, unemployment, housing, educational needs etc.

The successful applicants must be experienced in risk assessment, highly motivated and someone who is looking for a new challenge and have the skills to make a difference.

**Due to the nature of the work posts will be subject to police vetting**

Main duties of the job

o Delivering a high-quality clinical service to patients and their families.

o Managing complex assessment in custody suites. Responsible for clinical and caseload supervision of other team members where identified.

o Diverting and liaising with multiple criminal police and other partners.

o To provide written reports for Crown or Magistrates Courts or to attend and give verbal evidence as required. To offer considered recommendations to these bodies.

o Responsible for participating in the setting of quality standards, including the auditing, monitoring, and reviewing of practice in line with current clinical guidance practice and policy.

o Assess patient's individual care needs, agree, and refer on to appropriate agency.

o Complete and contribute, where appropriate to robust risk assessments and risk management plans. Deliver and promote positive risk taking, where appropriate, to improve quality of life and maximise occupational performance/independence.

o Maintain an effective reporting system by observing and reporting verbally and in writing on patient condition

o Utilise agreed outcome measures to review the effectiveness of process, as part of Liaison and Diversion Service.

o Participate in the development of the service to ensure clinical governance processes are actively implemented at a team level.

o Maintain an up-to-date level of professional competence

About us

By joining Team MPFT, you will be helping your communities and in return for this, we will support you by
  • Supporting your career development and progression
  • Excellent NHS Pension scheme
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • Options for flexible working
  • Up to 27 days annual leave (increasing with service up to 33 days) and the opportunity to purchase additional leave
  • Extensive Health and Wellbeing support and resources
  • If you work in our community teams, we pay for your time travelling between patients
  • Lease car if you complete more than 500 business miles per annum, fully insured and maintained (including tyres), mileage paid at lease car rate
  • Salary sacrifice car - fully insured and maintained (including tyres), your gross pay is reduced by the cost of the vehicle before tax, NI and pension deductions are calculated, milage paid at business rates
  • Salary sacrifice bikes up to �2k
  • Free car parking at all trust sites
  • Free flu vaccinations every year
  • Citizens Advice support linked with a Hardship Fund for one off additional support up to �250 (if the criteria is met)

And more. We are proud to be a diverse and inclusive organisation and there is a choice of staff networks that help you meet like-minded people.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Post holder will be expected to conduct assessments within the Custody, providing relevant information to partner agencies and Court & Probation services to support people in custody and the community, offering diversion options from the criminal justice system to more appropriate services where needs are identified.

The post holder will be required to work autonomously within this role and be accountable for managing referrals prioritizing referrals and ensuring clinical and electronic record keeping standards are adhered too.

Staff would need to be mindful and skilled to work with people of different ethnicities and backgrounds. They must also be able to demonstrate experience of working with both adults and children/youths.

Person Specification



  • Registered Mental Health Nurse / Learning Disability Nurse on NMC Register.
  • Registered OT, Speech and Language Therapist or Social Worker.
  • Post-registration experience, evidence of formal courses and training at diploma/degree level.
  • Conforms to NMC requirements
  • Registered Mentor


  • Psychological intervention Qualification including EMDR, CBT, CBTp, Family Interventions, CAT, DBT, Structured Clinical Management
  • Qualification in providing supervision Qualification in coaching
  • BSc degree in nursing or equivalent level
  • Registered Sign off mentor for nurse students



  • Understanding of the principles of the Care Programme Approach and Community Care Act
  • Demonstrate understanding of Equality and Anti-discriminatory practice
  • Knowledge of other relevant local and national documents/drivers that affects practice


  • Skilled in utilising specific assessments and outcome measures including GAD7, PHQ9, CAARMS, PANNS, SWEMWBS, Lunsers, GASS

Employer details

Employer name

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Middlewich police custody

Pochin Way


CW10 0GY

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