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Crown Court Practitioner

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
29 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a dynamic and motivated experienced practitioner in mental health who would like the opportunity to further develop the current service alongside an existing team?

Are you someone who can provide excellent clinical supervision and leadership to support and coach other practitioners in the team?

If the answer is yes then this might be the post for you.

You will work independently within the Crown Court as well as supporting colleagues in the Magistrates courts and police custody suites. You will have the skills and confidence to provide comprehensive psychosocial assessment and short term follow up.

You will work across organisational boundaries to provide effective liaison with police, probation, courts, prisons, primary care, secondary mental health services, social care and other statutory and non-statutory organisations to deliver the best outcomes for offenders with mental health problems.

The post requires excellent clinical skills, leadership skills, the ability to work flexibly and autonomously as well as contributing to an MDT approach. A strong understanding and commitment to team working is vital.

You will also be expected to travel across the North Yorkshire area and on occasion support your colleagues in the Durham and Cleveland team.

The post will commence with a period of induction and training.

The successful applicant will be subject to police vetting.

Main duties of the job

  • Manage information, advising, trouble-shooting, and raising issues early in the proceedings.
  • To provide clinical leadership to enable a provision of service for people who come in contact with the criminal justice system.
  • Screening, assessment and referral of defendants
  • To carry out full mental health assessments with service users, utilising structured and evidence based assessments and outcome measures to enhance clinical effectiveness and to complement the role.
  • Undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients. This will involve risk to the client, as in suicide, self-harm, physical self-neglect, substance abuse and vulnerability to exploitation as well as risk to others as in violence and sexual assault. As the clinician will be working with high-risk clients, it will be essential to apply the highest level of standards to personal safety.
  • Formulate, implement and evaluate interventions with individuals which are service user focused and recovery based, promoting social inclusion for the client group
  • Develop and maintain effective communication pathways with the main court departments and criminal justice agencies - list office, clerks, judiciary, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), probation, Prisoner Escort and Custody Services (PECS), defence teams, police and prison service.

About us

The Trust offer a wide variety of benefits
  • 27 -33 days annual leave with the option to purchase additional days
  • Flexible working opportunities
  • NHS car lease scheme
  • Free car parking
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Access to employee support, independent counselling, chaplaincy and physiotherapy
  • Great career development opportunities
  • Staff discounts with many retailers
  • Mindfulness Sessions
  • Access to Coaching

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description and person specification for detailed information about the role and responsibilities

Person Specification



  • Relevant core professional qualification eg. RMN, RNLD, OT, SW with current professional registration.
  • Post graduate qualification or equivalent level of experience and proven ability to perform at this level.
  • Assessor / Mentorship training
  • Clinical Supervisor
  • Quality Improvement Systems for Leaders or willing to undertake within agreed timescale
  • Key skills in literacy, numeracy and ITQ level 2 or equivalent


  • SARA V3 (Spouse Assault Risk Assessment)
  • SRP (Stalking Risk Profile)
  • HCR-20 V3



  • Significant experience working with people with complex mental ill health or learning disabilities.
  • Experience of working in partnership in a multi-agency environment, e.g. police, court or probation
  • Ability to identify and support the management of risk to others in a proportionate and defensible manner
  • Demonstrable understanding and experience of the interface between Health Services and the Criminal Justice System.
  • Ability to identify need, assess, plan deliver care with compassion in a sometimes pressured environment.


  • Management and supervision of others
  • Audit and research practices relevant to clinical area



  • Significant evidence based knowledge to post-graduate level equivalent of best practice in caring for patients in the designated field
  • Awareness and understanding of Health and Social Care Assessments
  • A good working knowledge of the MHA 1983
  • A good working knowledge of the Criminal Procedures and Insanity legislation governing unfitness to plead, insanity, and alternative disposals
  • A good working knowledge of risk analysis, to advise the Court whether pre-sentence psychiatric reports should explicitly address risk


  • Range of statutory and non-statutory services available for individuals who offend.



  • Ability to use clinical skills effectively
  • Ability to formulate relevant reports
  • Communicate complex and sensitive information effectively to patients, carers/families and all members of the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Work positively and collaboratively in partnership with external agencies

Employer details

Employer name

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust


York Crown Court

The Castle



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