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Liaison and Diversion Practitioner - Custody

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year pro rata
Closing date
1 Oct 2022

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Prison and Forensic
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for experienced practitioners with criminal justice interest, to work in the Black Country's Liaison and Diversion Custody Services in Oldbury Custody Suite and Wolverhampton Police Station. This will include providing high quality assessments of people attending custody sites. The service will be delivered to people of all ages including those under the age of 18yrs who present with any vulnerability including; mental health, personality issues, learning disability, head injury etc.

This exciting service is currently funded by NHS England and is delivered by Black Country Healthcare 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 or social worker qualified and have experience in working with service users with complex mental health needs.

The service is for both male and female service users and as the Black Country area consists of a diverse population, staff would need to be mindful and skilled to work with people of different ethnicities and backgrounds. They must also be able to demonstrate experience of working with both adults and children/youths.

Main duties of the job

The Post holder will be expected to work within Oldbury Custody Suite and Wolverhampton Police Station. The Post holder will be expected to conduct assessments within the custody area, identify needs and refer into appropriate services. The post holder will be required to work autonomously within this role and be accountable for managing referrals; prioritizing referrals and ensuring clinical and electronic record keeping standards are adhered too.

There may also be times where the post holder would be required to work, as directed by demand and need, across the wider service including Court and Outreach teams.

About us

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist mental health, learning disability, and community healthcare services for the population of the Black Country. We currently employ over 3,000 members of staff and just like the population we serve, we are made up of diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Across the whole of the region we provide:
  • Adult and older adult mental health services
  • Specialist learning disability services

The Trust is rated 'Good' from CQC (Care Quality Commission) and will become the lead provider for mental health services across The Black Country .

Combining resources, strategies and talented workforce enables us to deliver a wider variety of outstanding services that are based on best practice and are continually improving.

At Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, we're building a high-calibre, diverse and inclusive mental health workforce. One that will give talented professionals like you the opportunity to shape an outstanding service that will transform community mental healthcare and deliver happier and healthier lives all across our communities.

This ambitious model is multi-agency and multi-disciplinary, opening the door for you to work in a collaborative and flexible way with partners, service users, carers and their families.

The Trust offers a flexible approach to working, opportunity for development and training, regular supervision and annual personal development reviews.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will work as part of the Black Country Criminal Justice & Liaison and Diversion Service, working with people of all ages and vulnerabilities. The post holder will work across the Black Country locality predominantly within police custody including voluntary attendees together with Outreach and Court where required. Providing an assessment and signposting service of vulnerabilities to support the appropriate diversion for those entering the criminal justice service as required.

Working with this hard to reach group, where vulnerabilities such as mental health, substance misuse and / or learning disability need is suspected and further assessment is indicated, they will work with partner organisations within the criminal Justice settings to address the complex and diverse range of needs to improve outcomes and reduce longer term re-offending.

The post holder will have responsibility to be proactive in the assessment of clients needs and the development and implementation of personalised packages of care providing improved access to health, social care and voluntary sector services.

The post holder will be expected to provide clinical supervision to other staff within the service and act in support of the Clinical lead when present or unavailable.

Dimensionsa) The post holder will work across Oldbury Custody Suite and Wolverhampton Police Stationb) The post holder will be responsible for the identification of those with a vulnerability and complete a screening and full assessment of need as requiredc) The post holder will refer those who require support to the Black Country Outreach or Youth Team where a need to access another service is assessed.d) The Post holder will be expected to develop networks with local services to ensure best outcomes for patientse) The post holder will be expected to complete NHS England Datasets within the Electronic Patient Record system and ensure outcomes are completed as part of the patient journey. f) There is no Budget responsibility with this role

Principal Accountabilities1. Providing clinical advice and champion robust care pathways, for individuals where, for example, a potential mental health, substance misuse and or learning disability need has been identified.
  • Interview and consult with the patient and/or their relatives at a manner and pace to suit their needs in an open and non-judgmental manner.
  • The post holder will be required to concentrate intensely when working with service users in completing detailed individual reports, assessments and medication management queries during consultation.
  • Record, collect and analyse all information in order to identify a holistic picture of patients needs.
  • Establish and demonstrate that nursing practice reflects an appropriate model of care.
  • To record clinical information and activity within the Electronic Patient Record system and complete NHS England datasets and outcomes in a timely manner.
  • Referring to the appropriate Mental Health, Acute, Primary care or Community based teams dependent on need
  • Making recommendation to the Crown Prosecution Service or court, whether criminal justice system remains involved, or diversion is indicated.
  • To facilitate mental health act assessments where required
  • To provide mental health information in the formulation of pre-sentence reports where a potential mental health or vulnerability need has been identified.
  • To provide clinical supervision and daily management to junior staff, students, mental health workers where appropriate/in agreement with the team manager.
  • To promote and develop good relationships between partnership staff/agencies across Criminal Justice and Health sectors

  • Person Specification Qualifications Essential
    • Qualifications
    • Complex Case Management
    • Criminal justice experience

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