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Liaison & Diversion Lead Practitioner Voluntary Attendance

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa, pro-rata
Closing date
29 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Full Time
We are looking for a Mental Health Practitioner with expertise in assessment and development of robust pathways for people across all vulnerabilities, including substance misuse, Intellectual Difficulties, Neurodiversity, children, and young people who have contact with the criminal justice process through a Police Voluntary Interview / attendance. This vulnerable cohort require the same level of service and support as is being provided for those detained in Police Custody for signposting and diversion options.

Please note, this post will require Police Vetting

Main duties of the job

To screen and offer a mental health and all vulnerability assessment people who attend a Police Voluntary Interview and identify a robust care pathway and provide advice to Police regarding any potential vulnerability identified.

Attend police custody suites and magistrates' courts and provide mental health assessments, advice and identify robust care pathways, for individuals where a potential mental health and or learning disability need has been identified.

To provide the police and court with written information pertaining to the individual in a timely fashion to inform disposal. To work closely and build links with all referring agencies within the Police, court and probation acting as a single point of contact for health.

To address the court in person when necessary in order to advise the court in the disposal, and care pathway of a particular case. To refer to the appropriate team within DHCFT community mental health teams. To make recommendation to Police, the Crown Prosecution Service or court, whether the criminal justice system remains involved ,or diversion is indicated.

To build a good working knowledge of the mental health act in relation to the police, courts and the criminal justice system. Where diversion is indicated, to facilitate mental health act assessments at the police station or court in conjunction with the DHCFT assessment teams.

About us

Join 'Team Derbyshire Healthcare' and become part of a talented, compassionate and enthusiastic workforce committed to a vision of 'making a positive difference in people's lives'.

CQC rated us as 'GOOD' overall, commenting on how our colleagues treated patients with compassion and kindness and felt positive and proud about working for the trust.

Benefits include:
  • Commitment to flexible working where this is possible
  • 27 days annual leave/year plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 days after 5 years & 33 days after 10 years' service
  • Yearly appraisal and commitment to ongoing training
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Good maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
  • Health service discounts and online benefits
  • Incremental pay progression
  • Free confidential employee assistance programme 24/7
  • Access to our LGBTI+ network, BAME Network and Christian Network
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities
  • Structured learning and development opportunities

Job description

Job responsibilities

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Person Specification



  • A professional qualification at degree level or equivalent in either mental health nursing, learning disability nursing, substance misuse or social work
  • Hold current registration with pertinent body
  • Learning and Assessing in the Practice Environment or equivalent teaching qualification.



  • Experience with the Criminal Justice System
  • Assessment experience


  • Knowledge of the criminal justice process

Employer details

Employer name

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


St Andrews House

London Road



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