Liaison and Diversion Practitioner

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year pro rata, per annum
Closing date
4 Oct 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare's Liaison and Diversion Team are looking to recruit a full time Band 6 Liaison and Diversion Practitioner.

The Liaison and Diversion service is commissioned by NHS England in order to provide a Staffordshire wide service with the intention of early assessment, information sharing and referral onwards for people in contact with the Criminal Justice System. This service is based in criminal justice environments including police custody facilities and the magistrate's courts, with a view of identifying and supporting people to address a range of vulnerabilities including Mental health, learning disability, accommodation needs, financial needs, substance misuse and alcohol problems. The Liaison and Diversion practitioner's role is to undertake assessments of those who present within Criminal justice environments (police custody and court) to identify any vulnerabilities, ensure appropriate liaison and diversion opportunities are presented to key decision makers in the criminal justice pathway and make referrals into appropriate health and social care pathways to address any vulnerabilities identified.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will undertake and action appropriate assessments to identify and meet the needs of those they assess within police and other criminal justice settings.; ensure that practice remains abreast of new developments; develop and maintain standards and implement change in respect of this. The postholder will liaise with other professionals and agencies both statutory and non-statutory, provide a link between all agencies involved in the care and management of Liaison and Diversion service users. Forging and maintaining relationships with partnership agencies is key to all roles within the Liaison and Diversion service.

About us

Our Trust is on an incredible journey of innovation and we'd like you to be part of it.

Our vision is 'To be Outstanding in all we do and how we do it.' Our teams pride themselves on compassion, team work and resilience. The Trust supports you by offering a flexible shift system including twilight shifts and compressed hours to support working families and our staff parking is free on all our main sites.

As an employee and representative of the Trust, you are required to demonstrate and uphold the Trust's Values. These are:

Proud to CARE:


Caring with compassion, it's about how we listen, what we say, what we do.


Friendly, welcoming, sharing ideas and being open


Taking personal and collective responsibility, being accountable for our actions


Striving for the best, for high-quality safe care and continually improving

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To accept referrals, conduct appropriate assessments, co-ordinate plans of care and share appropriate information with criminal justice partners in order to support decision making and appropriate diversions within the criminal justice process.
  • To identify, influence and participate in the development of practice within Liaison and Diversion.
  • To develop relationships, strengthen links and liaise between the different agencies and individuals involved with clients we come into contact with.
  • To demonstrate the ability to carry out holistic assessments within tight timescales, often set by other agencies and in non-traditional settings, such as courts, police custody units and prisons.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • A relevant Nursing or Allied Health Professional (e.g. Occupational Therapy/Social Work) degree level qualification or equivalent
Experience Essential
  • Experience in working in community mental health with complex presentations including - substance misuse, psychosis, personality disorder, dual diagnosis.
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of various approaches to the assessment of mental disorder

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