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Health and Justice Court Practitioner - RMN/RNLD/RGN/Social Worker/AHP

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Crawley, Sussex
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Nurse, Mental health, Learning disability nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Why work in courts? 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 is a job role as unique as you will find in the NHS. You will be working with some of the most marginalised people in society as they come into contact with the courts as part of their criminal justice journey. Working alongside the services user, legal teams, judges, magistrates and probation to name a few of people and organisations that work in courts to get the best health outcome for the individuals.MPFT are looking to recruit to Brighton, Crawley and Hastings courts. *This advert is to apply for Crawley*

Main duties of the job

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

An exciting and unique opportunity has arisen for experienced practitioners with criminal justice interest to work in Sussex Health & Justice Service. This will include providing high quality assessments and support of people attending the Courts. The unique service is delivered to people of all ages, with any vulnerability including but not limited to mental health, physical health, learning disability, head injury, unemployment, housing, educational needs etc.

This exciting service is currently funded by NHS England and is delivered by Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

The successful applicants must be experienced in risk assessment, highly motivated and someone who is looking for a new challenge and have the skills to make a difference.

Applicants must be RMN, RNLD, RGN, social worker or AHP qualified and have experience in working with service users with complex needs.

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:**

Health & Justice Practitioners are based within the Courts in Sussex (Brighton, Crawley and Hastings) to offer screening, assessments, arrange support and liaise with the professionals within the criminal justice system in order to assist with sentencing decisions and ensure the best outcomes for individuals.

You have access to daily lists of remanded individuals and walk ins due to appear in Court. Health systems are checked in order to provide information to the Courts and also triage and identify those who may have vulnerabilities which would meet the eligibility criteria for the Health & Justice Service. Individuals attending court on bail may also be referred to the service via other court agencies. Those individuals are then offered assessments which consider a range of social, physical and emotional needs. You will make onward referrals to services which are required to meet individuals needs identified from the assessment. You will also need to consider whether informal admission to hospital or requests for Mental Health Act assessments are required to divert people from the Criminal Justice System.

The Court Health & Justice Practitioner ensures that all relevant agencies are informed of needs and risks for individuals involved in the Court process. This includes liaising with Solicitors, Court Clerks, Magistrates, Judges, Crown Prosecution Service, Probation Officers and any other related professionals. This is an essential part of the role to ensure that the most appropriate outcomes are achieved for vulnerable people. You may be invited into Court to share information during hearings where applicable or may be required to complete Court reports for future hearings.

You will be the point of contact for professionals based in Court and will provide background information to other agencies when required. This includes sharing of information with the Probation Service to assist with Pre-sentencing reports or to assist with decision making regarding potential sentencing decisions such as Alcohol/Drug/Mental Health Treatment Requirements.

You are an essential member of the Court who can provide advice, support and information to other agencies to increase awareness and understanding of mental health, social inequalities and ensuring that the best possible outcomes are achieved to reduce recidivism and injustice.

Person Specification



  • Registered Mental Health Nurse / Learning Disability Nurse/ Registered general nurse on NMC Register.
  • Registered OT, Speech and Language Therapist or Social Worker.
  • Post-registration experience, evidence of formal courses and training at diploma/degree level.


  • Leadership qualification.



  • 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 assessing, planning, co-ordinating and managing people with mental health problems in a community setting.

Skills, Knowledge & Abilities


  • 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.
  • Knowledge of the wide range of statutory independent and third sector service provision for adults with mental ill health Skills of assessing, planning and evaluating care, for people with mental health related difficulties, utilising the principles of Recovery Skilled in the assessment of clinical risk and developing and communicating appropriate risk management plans.

Employer details

Employer name

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Sussex Courts - Crawley

Crawley, Sussex

RH10 8BF

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