Band 6 Senior CJLS Practitioner- Swindon and Wiltshire

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
4 Jul 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Do you have experience working with children and young people who have mental health difficulties, learning disabilities or neurodiversity?

Are you one of the following: a Registered Mental Health Nurse, Learning Disability Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social Worker trained in Mental Health.

Are you interested in a career working within the Criminal Justice System (CJS)?

Are you interested in developing care pathways and innovative ways of working?

Not quite ready for a Band 6 role but really want to develop into one in the next 6 to 12 months? Please still apply. We can support you to achieve a band 6 role following the completion of a successful induction and training period.

Main duties of the job

A great opportunity has arisen for experienced Registered Mental Health Professional to join the Liaison and Diversion Service, (LaDS).

LaDS is an all age, all vulnerability service working in Police Custody Suites and Courts in the Wiltshire area. We are an assessment service who work closely with the Police and other CJS professionals to ensure the most effective pathway is for people in custody who may be vulnerable, or suffering mental health problems.

We work with service users with a range of vulnerabilities and you will need to be able to confidently assess various needs in potentially difficult circumstances. You must be able to work with individuals experiencing mental health crisis, learning disabilities, drug and alcohol misuse, and extreme emotional distress.

As this is a new post, along with the team manager, you will be involved in the shaping and development of the post to establish effective and cost efficient ways of working.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care. We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset. Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Job description Job responsibilities

The aim of this role is to facilitate the following:
  • Improved communication as a result of partnership working
  • Improved police confidence in dealing with persons suffering with mental health issues
  • Faster response to deal with those suffering from mental health problems
  • Improved information sharing between agencies
  • Improved patient outcomes and experience
  • Improved working relationships between Police and Health Services
  • Direct access to Mental Health Services

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered as a mental health practitioner with professional qualifications in a relevant field
  • current registration with NMC or HCPC without restriction
  • Experience of working with individuals with complex and diverse needs including enduring mental health needs and dual diagnosis
Experience Essential
  • Significant post-qualifying clinical experience obtained in a variety of settings
  • Demonstrates significant experience in the assessment and risk management of complex cases.
  • Experience of working within the criminal justice system
skills Essential
  • Experience of managing own caseload and ability to prioritise within that.
  • Demonstrates excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to carry out assessments requiring intense and prolonged concentration in stressful situations
knowledge Essential
  • Able to articulate an advanced and detailed understanding of relevant legal frameworks
  • Demonstrates a clear knowledge and understanding of the issues and Statutory processes
Personal Statement Essential
  • Identifies a rationale/interest for wishing to work the custody/court setting
  • Ability to travel a wide geographical area with limited access to public transport.
  • Self awareness and emotional resilience when faced with difficult and demanding situations.

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