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Liaison & Transition Mental Health Practitioner (Male Only)

Swansea Bay University Health Board
£35,922 to £43,257 per annum
Closing date
12 Jun 2024

A unique and exciting opportunity has arisen within the Offender Personality Disorder Pathway Team (OPDP), within Swansea Bay University Health Board. This is a partnership role with HM Prison & Probation Service (HMPPS).

The National OPDP Pathway is a consultation/ formulation led service and the Transitional Liaison Team seeks to support Welsh men between custodial sites and Approved Premises (AP's) and treatment sites in England and Wales. The post holder will identify treatment needs and refer to local teams in Wales, whilst providing relational support during the difficult period of transition.

Men in the Criminal Justice System commonly present with complex mental health difficulties and trauma and the overarching aim of this role is to improve Men's experience during the difficult period of Transition and to assist with reducing reoffending. You will maintain treatment gains, improve continuity, and increase access to services for this high risk, yet vulnerable male group.

We are looking for acompassionate individual who can work with a caseload of high-risk men as they transition from custody, to work flexibly and respond to need,able towork both autonomously and as part ofa widerteam.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this role.

Main duties of the job

Working within the Offender Personality Disorder Pathway Team (OPDP), you will bejoining a developing, highly specialist and supportive multidisciplinary team.

You will be responsible for building relationships and engaging with Prison and Community Teams, Probation staff and third sector organisations to facilitate the timely and smooth transition of high-risk men, from custody to the community.

This post is full time, on a permanent contract, and will involve travel across a wide geographical area. As this is a specialist post the OPDP team invests heavily in training staff. There will be funded opportunities to train in trauma and other psychological interventions as well as risk assessments. There will be opportunities to network nationally and participate in research to further develop the access to services in Wales.

The post holder will beexpected to contribute to ongoing service development alongside fellow professionals and service users/ people on probation. They will receive ongoing support viamanagerial supervision and performance reviewfrom a senior member of the team.

The post holder will be required to work predominantly Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, although flexibility around this will be considered, given the large geographical area covered.

We are looking for a motivatedand enthusiastic individual to join a developing highly specialist and supportive multidisciplinary team.

About us


We believe staff are our best asset and we want you to be happy and confident about starting your career here in Swansea Bay University Health Board.

As one of the biggest healthcare groups in the UK we can offer a wealth of professional training and development opportunities in an innovative, forward-thinking organisation.

You might be a nurse ordoctor, maybe you specialise in a health science/therapy or can offer skills in one of our support services - wehave a job for you.

There are also apprenticeships, work placementsand volunteering roles available.

We are an inclusive employer and welcome applications from everyone whatever their sex religion or belief race age sexual orientation gender identity or, whether they are pregnant or have recently been on maternity leave, married or are in a civil partnership or, whether they are disabled.

Our values - Caring For Each Other, Working Together and Always Improving, show thatour commitment to equality is at the heart of everything we do.

If you want excellent career and training opportunities while living on the doorstep of some of Europe's most spectacular scenery,with all the benefits of a thriving and cosmopolitan city - look no further.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The organisation is specifically recruiting MALE ONLY applicants in keeping with the positive action provision within the Equality Act 2010 order to meet patient need and employee safety.

This post is exempt under the Employment (Sex Discrimination) Act 2000, Section the (s9(2)(f)) Personal welfare and counseling which constitutes a Genuine Occupational Qualifications. The work involves working with service users where there is a risk assessment identifying the need for male support in the provision of aspects of this persons care and support.

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac.

The post holder will deliver a service to facilitate the safe and appropriate transition of high-risk service users that are statutorily supervised by HM Prison & Probation Service who meet the Offender Personality Disorder Pathway (OPDP) eligibility criteria and present with particularly complex needs. The post holder will provide transitional support from both custodial establishments and Approved Premises ontothe community and this delivery forms part of theIntensive, Intervention and Risk Management Service, (IIRMS) aspect of the Wales OPD Pathway. This post will form part of a developing Welsh Intensive, Intervention and Risk Management Service, (IIRMS). In the course of their duties will be responsible for:

Providing positive intervention during transitional periods that can enhance the success of service users rehabilitation, leading to reduced rates of reoffending and sustained periods of stability in the community.

Improving access and progression through services by supporting transitions between clinical services in secure OPD sites in England and clinical services in Wales, also to improve maintenance of contact between community services of those recalled to custody.

Coordinating with key agencies (statutory and Voluntary) within the prison community and the wider geographical community to meet the complex needs of the identified client group.

Fostering and developing working and partnership arrangements at relevant groups, meetings, forums providing specialist advice, knowledge on the Transition Offenders.

Assist the identify high risk OPDP eligible service users who present with particularly complex needs with their access to appropriate services, resources, treatment and/or support networks within their identified home area.

Provide referrals for support in key areas such as housing, substance misuse interventions, educational opportunities, participation in voluntary and/or permanent work by means of outreaching from the approved premises, and where appropriate access to Mental Health Services where difficulties may be encountered as part of the CTP framework. To identify the exact nature of the needs as identified by service users and staff using the Goals and Plans framework alongside information from probation / psychology reports.

Contribute to the development of more effective pathways through attendance at CTP, sentence planning, MAPPA, and MARAC meetings bringing professionals together service mapping awareness raising facilitating communication and referrals between services and assisting with 'unpicking' of blockages. Increasing quality of clinical services by supporting the maintenance, generalisation to the community, and the continued development of therapeutic gains facilitating the communication of information about risk and risk management by enhancing the relational and practical support during the difficult transition from approved premises to the community

Identify/facilitate short-term evidence-based interventions working in a trauma informed, recovery focused manner that can be implemented during transition, such as anxiety management, emotional regulation, etc.

Provide strategic and practical support to service users by way of creating a service map and resource / contacts guide as a means to establish links to local services including GPs housing providers employment services primary care substance misuse services local support groups etc.Participate in the service's response for consultation, formulation and assessment of clients with complex and high-risk behaviours, who are managed by other agencies within the criminal justice system.

Ensure that the physical health needs of specific client group are adequately achieved through collaborative management with Primary Care providers, particularly for those individuals who would normally neglect this aspect of their health needs.

Regularly prepare for, attend and participate in multi-professional meetings and other meetings where the service user's progress is discussed as well as collaborative goal setting with service users, other professionals, family members and other support sources whenever possible.

Co-ordinate and support connections between existing statutory and third sector service providers substance misuse, support networks, service user groups, Citizens Advice Bureau etc. in collaboration with OPDP colleagues focus onservice userswho are in custody awaiting transfer to Approved Premises that meet the criteria for the OPDP pathway.

Schedule and prioritise sessions working from various Probation Offices within the South Wales area, liaising with Probation Practitioners on a face-to-face basis regarding complex cases.

Participate in the development and implementation of robust contingency planning, particularly in relation to crisis intervention.

Autonomously manage own caseload ensuring that travel between treatment sites is most effective.

Person Specification



  • RN (Part 3 or Part 13) or equivalent professional qualification. Post registration study to post graduate level or able to demonstrate the equivalent level of knowledge, skills and experience
  • Experience at Band 6 or above (or equivalent Knowledge and understanding of The Offender Personality Disorder Pathway



  • Able to formulate risk assessments
  • To work collaboratively with patients and all interested parties to develop relapse prevention and crisis intervention strategies
  • The ability to work autonomously to fulfill the role of Transitional Liaison Mental Health Practitioner.
  • To demonstrate an understanding and awareness of issues related to lone working
  • Ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams and with other agencies
  • Professional, enthusiastic and self motivated with good organizational, inter personal and leadership skills


  • Able to work hours flexibly.

Employer details

Employer name

Swansea Bay University Health Board


Taith Newydd, Glanrhyd Hosptial

Tondu Road


CF31 4LN

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