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Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion Team Leader

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The Hertfordshire Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion Team (CJLDT) are looking for a Band 7 Liaison and Diversion Team leader (Social Worker, Mental Health Nurse, Learning Disability Nurse, or occupational therapist).A rare opportunity has arisen for a team leader within the criminal justice liaison and diversion service. We are a small and friendly team that are based in custody and courts and provide liaison and advice in these areas.

Please note: Police vetting requires a person to be resident for 2 years in the UK. We are therefore only able to accept applicants who meet this criteria.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for smooth running of the team. They should be able to provide advice and support to the team when required. The team leader will be expected to provide staff management and be able to support and lead with often complex clinical work. The post holder must be able to work independently and able to make clear and concise decisions based on knowledge and experience.

Most importantly, you will be dynamic and persevering in your work, be naturally enquiring and inquisitive, have excellent risk assessment and report writing skills, and the ability to quickly establish and develop rapport with service users and carers.

Appointment will be subject to successful Police vetting.

We are a small unique and friendly team, working in a setting that you will not normally encounter in your career. We are close knit with specialist knowledge that we are pleased to share with our colleagues in other parts of the community. We are recognised by many of our colleagues as the go to people for advice when their service users are distressed by being with in the criminal justice system.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description

Job responsibilities

At HPFT we provide an exciting and forward-thinking work environment, where staff feel valued and supported to reach their full potential. We are proud to be one of the top five recommended NHS Trusts to work for, and hold a CQC rating of Outstanding, making us one of the highest-rated Mental Health Trusts in the country. What's more, you will also be able to enjoy an extensive range of trust-wide staff benefits including:
  • 27 days annual leave on entry to NHS
  • One of the best pension schemes in the UK
  • Flexible working options
  • Car leasing scheme
  • Childcare discounts
  • Wellbeing events and activities
  • A 24-hour staff support helpline

The band 7 team leader will:
  • Support the Operational Lead in the development of the service including induction of new staff, the continued development and establishment of new pathways, liaising with and developing excellent working relationships with allied professionals.
  • Provide clinical and respective professional supervision and leadership to a multi-disciplinary team, including annual appraisals and their six monthly reviews.
  • Provide and ensure the availability of specialist advice, support and consultation to Band 6 and Band 4 workers as well as to allied professionals and other agencies.
  • Develop innovative practice to deal creatively with service demands and ensure the continued development of an excellent and caring service. This includes developing systems to support triage and assessment of Voluntary Attendees and referrals from the community.

For more detailed information on the position, please access the Job Description and Person Specification documents provided.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Registered Nurse, Mental Health or Learning Disability and registered with the NMC with a diploma and/or degree. OR Qualified Social Worker with current registration to practice in the UK.
  • Educated to degree level.
  • Evidence of post qualifying training and commitment to further professional development in mental health, CBT, PSI, AMHP, BIA, Practice Educator, leadership etc.
  • Registered with a professional appropriate clinical body (e.g. NMC, SWE).
  • Prospective post holder must pass enhanced DBS checks as well as police vetting.


  • Relevant practice educator teaching qualification or a registered nurse mentor.
  • Approved Mental Health Professional.
  • Best Interests' Assessor.



  • Previous experience working within L& DS and/or forensic services.
  • Experience working with adults and children who may present with a wide range of health and social care vulnerabilities.
  • Experience of the principles of recovery, person-centred planning safeguarding.
  • Experience of the principles of recovery, person-centred planning safeguarding.
  • Experience of leadership.


  • Previous experience providing training and supervision.
  • QI training.
  • Leadership training.

Knowledge / Skills


  • Understanding of relevant legislation including the Social Care Act, Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, Police and Criminal Evidence Act, Children Act, the NHS Long Term Plan.
  • Understanding of the Bradley Report(s), the National Service Specification for the L& DS, Corston Report, Female Offender Strategy.
  • Clear understanding of the role of L& DS within the criminal justice system both in custody and the courts. Understanding of court reports and court protocols.
  • Ability to network and form and sustain effective working relationships with partner agencies.
  • Understanding the principles and practice of leadership, supervision and management.
  • Awareness of working within secure environments.
  • Competent IT Skills, including use of Word and Microsoft Outlook, smartphones, RiO.
  • Excellent communication and excellent and timely report writing skills.
  • Prioritising of own and others' workload demands whilst still meeting dedicated deadlines.
  • An excellent understanding, assessment and management of risk.
  • A good understanding of Clinical Governance, data protection.
  • Skills in motivating staff.
  • Receptive to and able to use clinical supervision appropriately
  • Ability to identify appropriate resources and interventions with the Service User, using a collaborative style of working.
  • Experience of the principles of recovery, person-centred planning, and safeguarding.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills to liaise with service users and their family members/carers and allied professionals.
  • A full, valid driving licence and access to a car for business use, or use of a car and driver.


  • Experience of developing services / project work.

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Stevenage Police Custody, Lytton Way, Stevenage, SG1 1HF

Lytton Way



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