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Custody Practitioner - RMN/RNLD/RGN & Social Workers

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
23 Apr 2024
RMN/RNLD/RGN Social Work - Health and Justice Custody Team (Eastbourne Custody Suite).

Why work in Police Custody? No doubt you will have seen many adverts telling you of the uniqueness of the role that they are offering you. However, working as a Health and Justice Practitioner within Liaison and Diversion is a job role as unique as you will find in the NHS.

You will be working with some of the most marginalised patients in society as they encounter Police Custody as part of their criminal justice journey. Working alongsidethe service user, Police, Crown Prosecution Services, Probation, Mental Health services and third sector agencies are some of the organisations that work in Police Custody to get the best health outcomes for our service users.

Main duties of the job

MAIN DUTIES: **Please refer to the attached Job Description in summary:**

An exciting and unique opportunity has arisen for Band 6 Practitioner with a criminal justice interest. The Sussex Health & Justice Service is based in Police Custody across the locality with this post based in Eastbourne.

The role includes providing high quality assessments and supporting people coming into contact with the criminal justice service. The unique service is delivered to people of all ages, with any vulnerability including but not limited to mental health, physical health, learning disability, substance misuse, unemployment, housing, educational needs etc.

The successful applicants must be highly motivated and looking for a new challenge and possessing the skills to make a difference.


Key tasks include:
  • Arranging appropriate support for services users and liaise with professionals within the criminal justice system.
  • Completion of assessments within custody
  • Checking health records to aid triage and identify vulnerabilities.
  • Onward referrals to services required to meet individual's needs,
  • Ensuring all relevant agencies are informed of needs and risks for individuals,
  • Point of contact for professionals based in Police Custody
  • Work as part of a team with the freedom and ability to work independently,

We welcome interested candidates to come and have an informal discussion with a member of the team.

About us

By joining Team MPFT, you will be helping your communities and in return for this, we will support you by
  • Supporting your career development and progression
  • Excellent NHS Pension scheme
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • Options for flexible working
  • Up to 27 days annual leave (increasing with service up to 33 days) and the opportunity to purchase additional leave
  • Extensive Health and Wellbeing support and resources
  • If you work in our community teams, we pay for your time travelling between patients
  • Lease car if you complete more than 500 business miles per annum, fully insured and maintained (including tyres), mileage paid at lease car rate
  • Salary sacrifice car - fully insured and maintained (including tyres), your gross pay is reduced by the cost of the vehicle before tax, NI and pension deductions are calculated, mileage paid at business rates
  • Salary sacrifice bikes up to �2k
  • Free car parking at all trust sites
  • Free flu vaccinations every year
  • Citizens Advice support linked with a Hardship Fund for one off additional support up to �250 (if the criteria is met)

And more. We are proud to be a diverse and inclusive organisation and there is a choice of staff networks that help you meet like-minded people.

Job description

Job responsibilities

**Please refer to the attached Job Description and Person Specification, in summary:**

Take responsibility for specialist assessment (within service specification) in Liaison and Diversion in conjunction with service user and carer, helping to promote self-determination, choice and autonomy.
  • To provide written reports for Crown or Magistrates Courts or to attend and give verbal evidence as required. To offer considered recommendations to these bodies.
  • Responsible for participating in the setting of quality standards, including the auditing, monitoring, and reviewing of practice in line with current clinical guidance practice and policy.
  • Assess patient's individual care needs, agree, and refer on to appropriate agencies.
  • Complete and contribute, where appropriate to robust risk assessments and risk management plans. Deliver and promote positive risk taking, where appropriate, to improve quality of life and maximise occupational performance/independence.
  • Maintain an effective reporting system by observing and reporting verbally and in writing on patient condition
  • Utilise agreed outcome measures to review the effectiveness of process, as part of Health and Justice Service.
  • Participate in the development of the service to ensure clinical governance processes are actively implemented at team level.
  • Assist in ensuring that the aims and objectives of the service (as set by the Team Leader) are fulfilled and to identify factors which may inhibit these from being achieved.
  • Assist in the implementation of evidence-based practice and participate in research and other projects as required.

Person Specification



  • Registered Mental Health Nurse / Learning Disability Nurse/General Nurse on NMC Register.
  • Registered Social Worker.
  • Post-registration experience, evidence of formal courses and training at diploma/degree level.


  • Leadership qualification
  • BSc degree in nursing or equivalent level
  • Qualification in providing supervision Qualification in coaching



  • Evidence of extensive post registration experience with working with Clients experiencing mental health related difficulties
  • Experience of working with Clients who have difficulty in engaging with services and have complex mental health needs
  • Experience of working in community setting and making decisions autonomously



  • Knowledge of the Mental Health NICE Guidelines
  • Knowledge of NMC Code of Conduct
  • Understanding of the principles of the Care Programme Approach and Community Care Act


  • Skilled in utilising specific assessments and outcome measures including GAD7, PHQ9, CAARMS, PANNS, SWEMWBS, Lunsers, GASS

Employer details

Employer name

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Eastbourne Custody

66 Hammonds Drive


BN23 6PW

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