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Liaison & Diversion Court Practitioner

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pro rata
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Part Time
This Liaison & Diversion Practitioner role will identify and respond to requests to screen and assess people with vulnerabilities in contact with the justice system and could be based in the community, police custody or courts.

Referrals will be identified and received where there have been concerns that an individual has mental health issues, a learning disability, substance misuse, social care, safeguarding or other vulnerabilities, that will trigger a referral to the Liaison & Diversion service.

The role will assess for a number of vulnerabilities, using validated tools, ensuring risk is assessed and relevant information shared to ensure appropriate services are accessed and manage the safety of clients and others.

Main duties of the job

This is an 'all age' service and so you will be required to work with people from the age of 10 years upwards.

The main things that L& D services do for the people we see are identification, screening, assessment and referral to other services.
  • We work in Police Custody Suites and Courts throughout Lancashire & Cumbria and offer assessments to individuals within the Criminal Justice system including Voluntary Attendees
  • We look to identify unmet need and vulnerabilities that often lead to or exacerbate offending behaviour, offer onward referral and signposting as appropriate
  • We liaise across agencies to support onward planning and intervention to address needs
  • We offer some brief community based intervention to maximise service user access and engagement with those appropriate services
  • We help to inform decision makers with relevant and timely information to support sentencing and disposal outcomes.

Important: This post is requires successful candidates to undergo NPPV Level 2 (full) Vetting from Cumbria Constabulary, of which clearance is essential in order to fulfil the role.

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

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification



  • oDegree qualification in relevant subject or demonstrable evidence or equivalent experience relevant to field of practice



  • oKnowledge of mental health issues and/or learning disability
  • oKnowledge of Criminal Justice System, including roles and responsibilities of staff working in it
  • oKnowledge of use and interpretation of health screening tools
  • oKnowledge of assessing and mitigating risk - including risk of harm to self and others
  • oKnowledge of mental health issues and/or learning disability
  • learning disability oKnowledge of Criminal Justice System, including roles and responsibilities of staff working in it



  • oWorking with people with complex needs for a number of years either whilst studying or post qualification
  • oLone working
  • oInitial Assessment of Health and Social Needs
  • oAssessment of Risk of Service Users to self and others

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust


L7F9 L2043 Liaison & Diversion

Workington Magistrates Court,Hall Park, Ramsay Brow


CA14 4AS

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