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Street Triage Practitioner

Lancashire & South Cumbria 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
An exciting opportunity to work alongside our Police colleagues in the Fylde Coast area. The successful applicants will also collocate at the Police station, utilising a shared vehicle to work across Fylde & Wyre.

This Service will be accessible to people of all ages, where it is believed that they may have a mental illness a learning disability personality disorder or use substances who come into contact with the police, outside of custody. The team will assess the mental state of the individual and where applicable, include a face-to-face contact and advise if detention under the Mental Health Act is necessary. The intention is to facilitate interactions and assessments in the most appropriate locations. Identify at the earliest opportunity the mental health needs of the individual and to ensure the most suitable access to support services. The team will provide signposting for those who do not meet the criteria for detention with an emphasis on providing a prompt response to incidents.

Main duties of the job

The purpose of the Street Triage Team will be to provide an effective and timely intervention by police and appropriately skilled mental health professionals, for individuals suffering from mental ill health, creating an appropriate pathway in reduce unnecessary escalation to a crisis situation and/or attendance at the A& E department providing effective care for patients.

The objectives of the Street Triage service are:
  • To improve the timeliness of response to individuals and their immediate families or carers, who are experiencing an acute deterioration in their mental health.
  • To improve treatment and support outcomes for individuals, who come into contact with the police, through early intervention and referral to mental health services.
  • To provide a coordinated approach between the police and mental health services: to ensure that people receive the right care, in the right place at the right time.
  • To reduce inappropriate extended use of emergency services, in responding to metal health needs, which impact upon the resilience of emergency services to respond to other types of incidents.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For more information on this vacancy please review the attached job description and person specification.

Person Specification



  • Registered Mental Health Nurse or Allied Health Professional Qualification
  • Degree/Diploma in Health/Care/Criminal area of work
  • Evidence of commitment to continuing professional development
  • Specialist knowledge in police practices and procedures
  • Specialist knowledge in Criminal Justice environment with experience of legislation and policies



  • Understanding of Health and Safety policies and procedures
  • Knowledge and practice of Mental Health Act 1983
  • Demonstrate understanding of how research has influenced practice
  • Can provide evidence of recent professional/personal development



  • 2 years post graduate experience
  • Able to work as part of a multidisciplinary/ multi agency team
  • Experience of assessing, planning and implementing and reviewing care needs

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust


The Harbour



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