Practitioner - Criminal Justice Mental Health Service

Employer
South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Location
London
Salary
£40,448 to £47,965 a year per annum inclusive of High Cost Allowances
Closing date
29 Sep 2022

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Profession
Practitioner
Grade
Band 6
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
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This is an exciting opportunity for a skilled Band 6 practitioner with an interest and/or experience in the criminal justice system to be an integral part of both a court liaison and diversion team and a police custody suite assessment team. You will be working with both adults and young people, within what is a very interesting and rewarding area of care that is continuing to develop further.

As a front-line service, each day can be different in what can be a busy and unpredictable environment.

The service ethos is to proactively intervene at the earliest possible opportunity in the Criminal Justice system pathway, so that those in need of support receive appropriate care and treatment in a timely fashion.

The people we provide services to come from all walks of life and so do we. We hire people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it's the right thing to do but because it makes us better at what we do. No matter your age, gender, ethnicity, disability, gender identity, religion or sexual orientation, if you are committed to generating the best possible outcomes for our service users then we want to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

As a Liaison and Diversion Practitioner, some of the responsibilities you can expect will include:
  • Proactive screening of cases in police custody or at court.
  • On-the-day triaging and assessment - including full mental state examinations, risk assessment and gathering of background history for individuals presenting with a wide variety of established or suspected needs. These can include anxiety, challenging behaviour, serious mental illness, personality disorder, learning disorders, social communication and language difficulties, substance misuse and associated social issues within police custody.
  • Providing detainees who present with urgent and non-urgent clinical issues with appropriate interventions. This may include onward referrals for a Mental Health Act assessment, advice, signposting or making onward referrals into primary, secondary or voluntary care agencies.
  • Providing advice, information and support to custody/court personnel.
  • Provision of written assessment summaries to police, court and other relevant agencies.
  • Liaising with CAMHS, YOT practitioners or other relevant agencies for young people.
  • Recording data for regular auditing and evaluation.

Some weekend working is involved in the role.

About us

Benefits
  • comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance,flexible working and support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
  • Career development,There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Car lease,our staff benefits from competitive deals to lease cars
  • Accommodation,our staff benefits from keyworker housing available which is available on selected sites
  • NHS discounts,with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.
  • We are committed to get the very best out of our staff and support staff in their career aspirations. We have career pathways available, where you will be able to develop your skills and build on your experience to progress into other roles across different specialties. For this role, we offer career pathways to Senior clinical Practitioner or Clinical Team Leader. In addition, we offer ongoing training and development in Leadership and MSC programme.


Job description Job responsibilities

We are looking for a skilled and confident individual who has experience of complex assessments (including assessment of risk), decision making and who is adept at building relationships with service users and professional partners alike. The successful applicant will work across the service in order to help identify individuals who present with vulnerabilities that may include mental health issues, neurodevelopmental disorders, substance misuse and who may present with a degree of risk.

Please see the combined job description and person specification for more details of the role.

IMPORTANT this position is offered subject to a successful Police Vetting* to enable work in custody locations. As such, you will be subjected to a significantly higher level of vetting than is standard. This vetting is conducted by the Metropolitan Police. An Enhanced DBS enabling you to work with Adults and Children will also be required for the role.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • oNursing & Midwifery Registered or equivalent MH Professional Registration (e.g. CQSW, OT, DipSW. British Psychology Society registered Psychologists*) (AI)
Experience Essential
  • oDemonstrable appropriate post qualifying experience of working with vulnerable persons within a community or inpatient MH setting (A)
  • oDemonstrable evidence of transferable knowledge, skills, competencies and related activities that is applicable, relevant and replicable to working in Liaison and Diversion (AI)
Desirable
  • oExperience of delivering mental health assessment, treatment and care interventions in a criminal justice system setting or in other non specialist settings (A)
  • oExperience of working across organisational and agency boundaries in front line crisis services. (AI)
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • oThorough knowledge and understanding of the needs of vulnerable adults, how they present (inc risk) and the challenges of offering treatment and care. (AI)
  • oSkilled in the assessment and management of risk and safeguarding. (AI)
  • oAbility to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care. (AI)
  • oAbility to communicate clearly, concisely and confidently to a range of other professionals including those without specialist MH training or knowledge. (AI)
  • oAn ability to develop a therapeutic relationship. (A)
  • oAbility to present information both written and oral and communicate this effectively (AI)
  • oAbility to role model, reflect and provide evidence of conflict resolution (AI)
  • oAbility to work in a changing and challenging environment inc. demonstration of strong time management skills (AI)
  • oSkills in the use of evidence based interventions (A)
Desirable
  • oWorking knowledge and/or experience of the criminal justice system (AI)
  • oKnowledge of appropriate mental health legislation and relevant national policy developments in Offender Health. (AI)
  • oSkilled in the assessment and monitoring of common physical health problems and able to deliver appropriate care. (A)
  • oAbility to work independently and autonomously in a multi agency context. (A)
  • oDemonstrable experience with client information computer database systems and Mobile/remote technology (AI)
  • oKnowledge and/or demonstrable practice around Trauma Informed care. (AI)
  • oExperience in audit and research activity (A)


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334-CRY-3292910-EA-E
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