Clinical Justice Liaison Practitioner

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per anum
Closing date
2 Oct 2022

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Learning Disability
Band 6
Full Time
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There are high numbers of offenders in the criminal justice system with health needs and vulnerabilities that continue to be unidentified and unmet through existing processes. This includes both individuals already known to services and those whose needs have not previously been identified.

The National Probation Services (NPS) assess the risk of individuals subject to community supervision; with those assessed as low to medium risk being supervised by commissioned Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs).

The CCG's across Durham and Teesside fund the CJLT. They have agreed there is an opportunity to provide mental health input to assist in the CRC's in providing participants with a broader life management approach.

Applicants must ensure that prior to applying they have agreement from their current line manager that they can be released on a secondment basis.

In the event that permanent funding is secured for this post the successful applicant will be confirmed in post on a permanent basis.

Main duties of the job

The Criminal Justice Liaison Team (CJLT) aims to identify a range of vulnerabilities (including, but not limited to, mental well-being, substance misuse, personality disorder and learning disabilities), within this population and provide assessment, signposting and where a need is identified, some focused interventions.

Further to identification and assessment, individuals can be referred to appropriate treatment services thus contributing to an improvement in health and social care outcomes. This may in turn positively impact on reduction of re-offending rates.

Additionally, information gained from interventions can inform the Criminal Justice System, (CJS), to improve efficiency and support rehabilitation of offenders.

The CJLT work across R&C, Tees and Durham and Darlington, the position advertised is predominantly to work across the Durham area

About us
Our values - key messages
  • We are committed to co-creating safe and personalised care that improves the lives of people by involving them as equal partners. The most important way we will get there is by living our values, all of the
  • Our values are respect, compassion and responsibility. They were created with more than 2,500 colleagues, service users, families, carers, partners and our local communities who all took part in Our Big
  • Our values are:
    • respect - we listen, we are inclusive and we work in partnership
    • compassion - we are kind, we are supportive and we recognise and celebrate achievement
    • Responsibility - we are honest, we are always learning and we are
  • Our values are at the heart of everything we

Job description Job responsibilities

There is a detailed job description and person specification attached.

In summary, the key clinical responsibilities of this post are that the practitioner:
  • Promotes and maintains safety, privacy and dignity of all clients in the delivery of client centred care, recognising and respecting differences including spiritual and cultural beliefs
  • Takes steps to obtain client consent to care and treatment (or consent from the person with parental responsibility) in accordance with the Mental Capacity Act (and Fraser Guidelines where appropriate), ensuring that clients who lack mental capacity remain at the centre of decision-making and are fully safeguarded.
  • Responsible for recognising the potential for or signs of client harm, abuse or neglect, including poor clinical practice, reporting all such concerns and taking all reasonable steps to protect the client. Responsible for identifying and reporting concerns regarding the safeguarding of children who may be at risk.
  • Responsible for ensuring the highest professional standards and attitudes towards the care of clients are maintained at all times and that care is delivered in accordance with evidence based practice by all members of the team. Clients may have a range of mental health conditions, learning disabilities or substance misuse issues and may have a history or potential high risk of offending behaviour. Clients may demonstrate behaviours that challenge including verbal and physical aggression. Some may have difficult family circumstances of relevance.
  • Carries out screening assessments of clients with complex needs, utilising structured and evidence-based tools and outcome measures

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Current professional registration with appropriate body in healthcare or social work.
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development
  • Certificate in teaching & assessing in clinical practice as appropriate to own profession.
  • Clinical supervisor
  • Recognised sign-off mentor (or equivalent) or must be achieved within agreed timescale.
  • Key skills in literacy, numeracy and ITQ level 2 (or equivalent)
  • Leadership or management qualification
  • Post graduate qualification in a relevant area
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience working with people with complex mental ill health, behavioural and social issues.
  • Experience of working with children and young people with emotional wellbeing and mental health difficulties
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary team and partnership working in a multiagency environment e.g. police, probation service.
  • Working collaboratively with clients and their families/carers.
  • Providing clinical supervision
  • Mentoring students on practice placement experience
  • Quality improvement activities
  • Leadership or management experience
  • Experience in forensic mental health or working with offenders
Knowledge Desirable
  • Demonstrable knowledge to post-graduate level of evidence-based practice in caring for clients in the designated field.
  • Understanding of child development.
  • Good understanding of the Criminal Justice System and the roles and responsibilities of those working within it.
  • Understanding of relevant legislation (e.g. Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act).
  • Good understanding of the available care pathways and access routes.

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