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Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion Practitioner.

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata + 5% of basic salary (min £1,192 max £2,011)
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

The developing Hertfordshire Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion Team (CJLDT) are looking to recruit a Band 6 Liaison and Diversion Practitioner (Social Worker, Mental Health Nurse, Learning Disability Nurse, or occupational therapist). A new post has become available to cover maternity leave. There may be other opportunities in the near future.

Previous applicants need not apply!

The successful candidate will receive up to �120 towards their registration fee, which will be paid upon commencement. This payment will be subject to tax and national insurance deductions.

Main duties of the job

The service has its main base at Hatfield Police Station and satellite bases across Hertfordshire in police custody, the Magistrates' Courts, and Crown Court you will be expected to work across all bases. We will also be working with Voluntary Attendees. The service operates from 8am to 8pm seven days a week and you will be expected to work to a rota which will include working some 11 hour shifts subject to negotiation and the demands of the service.

You will also have knowledge and/or experience of working with one or more of the above identified groups of people and this could be in the NHS, the Local Authority, CAMHS, or other services such as alcohol and substance misuse services. 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 theCare 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

The CJLDT offer all-age triage and assessments in police custody and court, to people who may be presenting with a range of vulnerabilities which may include: mental illness, personality disorder, alcohol and substance use, homelessness, acquired brain injury, learning disabilities, autism, or other speech and language communication difficulties.

Following triage and assessment, the worker may make recommendations for safe and fair criminal justice processes and outcomes. This may require liaison with a range of allied professionals including the police, probation, solicitors, court judiciary, mental health teams, GP surgeries, local authorities, etc.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse for Mental Health or Learning Disability and registered with the NMC with a diploma and/or degree.
  • Qualified Social Worker with current registration to practice in the UK.
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent level of experience.
  • Evidence of post qualifying training and commitment to further professional development.
  • Qualified Occupational therapist


  • Relevant practice educator teaching qualification or registered nurse mentor.
  • Best Interests Assessor



  • Previous experience working with adults who may have complex mental health needs and/or other vulnerabilities including alcohol and substance use, acquired brain injury, learning disability, autism, trauma, ADHD, etc.
  • Understanding and undertaking assessment and management of risk.
  • Experience of the principles of recovery, person-centred planning safeguarding.
  • Experience of continuous improvement.


  • Previous experience working within L& DS and/or forensic services.
  • Previous experience working with substance misuse services.
  • Previous experience working with children who may have a mental disorder such as ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, or who are a looked after child, etc.
  • Community Experience

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Stevenage Police Station / Hatfield Police Station / St Albans crown court Comet Way Hatfield Al10 9SJ

Comet Way


AL10 9SJ

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