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Liaison and Diversion Practitioner

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
*Appointment for this post will be at band 6 with the chance to move to band 7 on completion of a set of competencies.

(*Sponsorship is NOT available for this role)
  • Do you think everyone under arrest is guilty of a crime?
  • Or that all criminals should be locked up for as long as possible?

If so, this is NOT the job for you.
  • Do you believe that a person's health needs, and past experiences can be linked to their criminal offending?
  • By identifying and reducing health needs, can vulnerable people be supported to make positive changes and reduce the risk of reoffending?

We're looking for a qualified Mental Health/Learning Disabilities nurse, Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Therapist, or Social Worker to join our Liaison and Diversion team.

You're an enthusiastic, experienced, and registered health/social care professional with an interest in health and justice and a passion for supporting people in police custody or court. Previous experience in criminal justice and offender health is desirable, but not essential.

With a reputation for excellence, our service is committed to improving the health of our clients, identifying care pathways, and reducing reoffending. We're an award-winning team, including the Howard League for Penal Reform 'Liaison and Diversion Service of the Year' and 'Women' categories, commendations from Thames Valley Police and Hampshire Constabulary and Berkshire Healthcare 'Team of the Year'.

Main duties of the job

  • To attend police custody suites and magistrates' courts providing assessments, advice and identifying robust care pathways for individuals with a potential health vulnerability.
  • To provide the police and court with written and verbal information about individuals in a timely fashion to help decision-making.
  • To work closely and build links with all referring agencies within the custody suite, court and probation, acting as a single point of contact for health.
  • To work autonomously, with the ability to organise and manage own time according to delegated workload.

Work base:You will work within police custody suites in Berkshire, which include Reading Custody and Maidenhead Custody. You may also be required to work from any of our sites in Thames Valley to meet service needs.

Working pattern + Service operating hours

Our service operates in police custody from 7am - 8pm, 7 days a week using a combination of early shifts, late shifts. Our service does not operate at night. Requests for specific working patterns can be considered in line with our flexible working policy.

About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust isa specialist mental health and community health services trust. Rated 'outstanding' by the CQC, we're committed to providing the best possible care to people across Berkshire.

We value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 Employer.We work hard to create an inclusive environment where you'll be supported by friendly and professional colleagues to flourish.

Our values at Berkshire Healthcare:
  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • Working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Benefits of working for us include:
  • Flexible working options to support work-life balance.
  • 27 days' annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sell
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Excellent learning and career development opportunities
  • 'Cycle to Work' and car leasing scheme
  • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
  • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants
  • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities and armed forces community to support equality
  • Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave.
  • Free parking across Trust sites

Job description

Job responsibilities

The must haves for this role:

1. A professional qualification at degree level or equivalent in either Mental Health Nursing, Learning Disabilities Nursing, Occupational Therapy, SALT or Social Work along with relevant registration.

2. At least 18-months post registration experience

3. Licence holder with access to your own vehicle who is prepared to multiple sites across Berkshire as required.

Interviews will be held on 31 May 2024.

If you're someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, join us and lets be outstanding together.

We welcome a conversation about flexibility and any other questions you may have. Please don't hesitate to call: Stephanie Lewis on 07901104078 or email: who'll be delighted to help.

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

Person Specification



  • A professional qualification at diploma, post graduate & degree level or equivalent in either Mental Health Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Speech & Language Therapist, Social Work, or Health Visitor with the necessary experience
  • Hold current registration with pertinent body (RMN, SW, HCPC, SCHN)


  • Evidence of post registration training and development
  • Mentorship qualification or equivalent teaching qualification.

Previous Experience


  • Ability to work and communicate across multiple agencies and professions.
  • Ability to work autonomously, with the ability to organise and manage own time according to delegated workload.
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to think creatively and problem solve
  • Ability to work as part a team


  • Significant experience at Band 5 or equivalent in a community setting.
  • Training / presentation skills

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • An ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing situations
  • Ability to work effectively with service users and carers in a collaborative manner
  • Understanding of the theories underpinning the concept of recovery and the wider determinants of health

Additional Requirements


  • Professional in approach, manner and appearance.
  • Demonstrable skills in written and spoken English, adequate to enable the post holder to carry out the role effectively
  • Car owner / driver

Continuous Professional Development


  • Knowledge and experience of modern mental health services social inclusion, recovery, service user involvement, carer support


  • Further evidence of professional development and training

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


Liaison and Diversion - Thames Valley

7-9 Cremyll Road



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