Senior Liaison and Diversion Practitioner

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,391 to £42,503 a year including fringe HCAS
Closing date
29 Sep 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Liaison and Diversion Service are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic, highly motivated, registered mental health or social care professional to join our Police Custody and Outreach Team, as a Senior Liaison and Diversion Practitioner.

The Liaison and Diversion Service aims to improve access to healthcare and support services for vulnerable individuals who come into contact with the youth and criminal justice system and to reduce health inequalities.

Our passionate Liaison and Diversion team seek to support those who have come into contact with the youth and criminal justice system with a caring, compassionate, person-centred approach to vulnerability screening and assessment for all those above the age of 10. This continues through to providing high quality community-based interventions to not only improve health and social care outcomes but also aim to reduce future re-offending.

You will work collaboratively with peers within the Liaison and Diversion Team including Reconnect Team, and the wider Liaison Psychiatry, Forensic Outreach Liaison Services, Perinatal, Home Treatment Team, Inpatient Services, Drug and Alcohol Services, CMHRS teams and FIND services.

Our Liaison and Diversion Service is committed and dedicated to developing our encouraging and providing opportunities for Continued Professional Development, participation in Quality Improvement initiatives and driving clinical excellence.

Main duties of the job

You will gather and record, health, social circumstances and risk information as part of your vulnerability assessments, and Mental Health Assessments. These will cover mental health concerns, substance misuse, learning disabilities, from which you will develop clear care plans and risk management plans to promote the safe onward care of vulnerable people as they leave police custody, whether they are remanded to a court or prison, or are returning to the community.

You will also provide clinical expertise to the Liaison and Diversion Team, Surrey Police and associated teams and peers.Your written assessments will support police decision making and assist the Courts to understand and respond to the assessed persons needs appropriately.

This role requires you to provide clinical expertise, be organised, efficient and will be based within police custody for the majority of time. You will, at times, be required to travel between Surrey Police Custody and Courts locations during the working day. Full driving licence is required. The police custody suites are located in Staines, Guildford and Salfords. Our service operates shifts 07:00 19:00

If you are keen to learn and grow your skills in clinical excellence, and leadership within a fast paced, rapidly growing team, this maybe the role for you.

This role requires both enhanced DBS clearance and Sussex Police clearances (NPPV level 2), which we will assist the successful candidate to apply for.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Job description Job responsibilities

Suitable for someone who is passionate and committed to deliver a safe, effective and efficient service and who enjoys supporting people to achieve their potential

Key Responsibilities
  • Adhere to the requirements of the NMC Code of Conduct at all times
  • Adhere to Trust and Local Policies and Procedures
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with statutory and voluntary agencies relevant to the role
  • Undertake mental health assessments
  • Liaise with and advise appropriately, members of the criminal justice system, including the police, magistrates, lawyers, Crown Prosecution Service and Probation Services
  • Provide written and/or oral reports to agencies as appropriate
  • Promote the understanding of mental health and related issues to other agencies through liaison and education
  • To participate in the maintenance and monitoring of service standards, collect and collate data/ information effectively for the purpose of audit, research and service performance.
  • Complete a person-centred assessment to further explore identified key vulnerabilities and provide a timely referral to services to meet needs. The assessment must include:

Capacity for effective participation in criminal justice procedures

Cultural and gender needs


Age and development related needs, including transition to adulthood and older person needs

Social circumstances (including, relationships, leisure requirements, daily living, educational and occupational needs, employment/vocational needs, housing, finance)
  • Liaise with any professionals working with the individual to discuss and agree onward referral and plan of care
  • Accurately identify when an individuals presentation is in acute mental distress to then complete a comprehensive mental health assessment focusing on risk management, seeking assistance if required
  • Support Liaison and Diversion Practitioners to complete assessments of vulnerability
  • Provide supervision to Liaison and Diversion Practitioners
  • Be a resource for specialist advice and information to other colleagues, agencies, organisations and people who use the service
  • Provide evidence-based interventions in accordance with NICE guidelines
  • To undertake any other duties at the request of the line manager which are commensurate with the role, including project work, internal job rotation and absence cover

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Professional Qualification as RMN/RN (Mental health) or SW
  • Membership of a professional body (NMC or SWE)
  • Driving License suitable for use in the United Kingdom
Experience Essential
  • Evidence of post qualification study
  • 12 months experience post qualification in a mental health setting.
  • Have sound knowledge of the Mental Health Act
  • Have sound knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act

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