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Senior Clinician

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you an ambitious and flexible RMN or SW?

The Lincolnshire Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion (CJL&D) provides mental health professional cover for 4 custody suites, 2 magistrates courts, and the crown court in Lincolnshire. The role involves:
  • Assessing and referring on people of all ages and vulnerabilities, contributing to diverting them from the criminal justice system where appropriate.
  • Working closely with the police, courts and wider CJL&D team and writing structured reports for use in the Magistrates court

This post is suitable for a RMN or SW with SIGNIFICANT experience of working in mental health with vulnerable adults or children. Willingness to work closely with partner agencies is essential. The post involves high levels of autonomous clinical practice around risk assessment and defensible decision making.

You will work a 9am - 5pm system.1456+389/3

Travel across Lincolnshire is necessary, mileage is paid. Police (Level 2) vetting is necessary for this post.

If you require further information please contact Sarah Spicer on 07920 230 363.

Job description and specification are appended. In the application please describe how you meet the essential and desirable role competencies in the person specification.

Main duties of the job

This post is to work within the police custody suites and magistrates courts; working with persons within the criminal justice system where potential mental health, learning disability or other vulnerability need is suspected and further assessment is indicated to inform disposal of the case. To identify care pathways for appropriate onward referral/support this involves a commitment to close partnership working with other agencies and a commitment to working with a diverse range of persons with varying needs

About us

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health services and a number of learning disability, autism and social care services in the county of Lincolnshire. Employing around 2,800 staff, and serving a population of over 766,000, our people lie at the heart of everything we do.

You could be part of a Trust rated by staff as one of the best mental health and learning disability trusts in England, in an area heralded as a fantastic place to live and work. We firmly believe the key to high quality care is a contented workforce. This is reflected in our Care Quality Commission rating of 'outstanding' for well-led and 'good' overall. In the most recent National NHS Staff Survey, our staff rated us as the number one trust nationally for staff morale and one of the top scoring NHS Trusts in the Midlands for being compassionate and inclusive. We're really proud of this!

We are also leading the way in transforming care, with multi-million-pound transformation of patient environments and radical redesign of community services.

This is the time to join and help redesign our services of the future. We offer options for flexible working and provide a wide range of training and promotion opportunities in all professions. We support and celebrate diversity, have active staff networks groups and are always looking at what more we can do to support our staff.

Job description Job responsibilities

To attend policy custody suites and magistrates courts and provide assessments, advice and identify robust care pathways for persons where a potential vulnerability has been identified

To provide the police and magistrates courts with written information pertaining to the person in a timely fashion to inform disposal (SfJDA1)

To work closely and build links with all referring agencies within the custody suites, magistrates courts and probation acting as a single point of contact for health (SFJAD1)

To address the courts in person when necessary in order to advise the court in the disposal and care pathway of a particular case

To refer to the persons General Practitioner, appropriate primary, secondary, specialist or statutory services for support/treatment

To make recommendations to the CPS/Police or magistrates courts whether the criminal justice system remains involved or if diversion is indicated

To build a good working knowledge of the MHA in relation to the police, magistrates courts and criminal justice system

Where diversion is indicated, to facilitate MHA assessments at the police station or magistrates courts in conjunction with the local authority Approved Mental health Practitioner Service

To refer to the prison in-reach teams where custody is indicated ensuring appropriate information is received along the care pathway and criminal justice pathway

To provide specialist complex advice and service to police and the custody suites/courts where indicated

To provide health information on persons vulnerabilities to probation in the formulation of their pre-sentence reports where a potential vulnerability need has been identified

To be responsible for adhering to all LPFT Policies and Procedures

To be able to communicate effectively with a diverse group of persons with identified vulnerabilities (SFJAB1, SFJAB8)

To work autonomously, with the ability to organize and manage own time according to delegated workload

To take accountability for own professional practice

Ability to formulate a risk assessment and risk management plan

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Professional Qualification at degree level or equivalent in Mental Health Nursing or Social Work
  • Hold current registration with pertinent body (NMC, SW England)
  • Post graduate diploma in relevant field or equivalent level of experience
  • Mentorship or equivalent teaching qualification
  • Clinical supervision training/certificate
  • Management training
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience of working with mental health needs at Band 5 or equivalent
  • Highly developed reasoning skills
  • Sound knowledge of national agenda for mental health
  • Sound knowledge of clinical/risk assessment with sound understanding of IG principles
  • Ability to assess and manage risk
  • Ability to work and communicate across multiple agencies and professions
  • Knowledge of the MHA
  • Ability to work autonomously, with the ability to organise and plan own time and workload
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to think creatively and problem solve
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Knowledge of Criminal justice processes
  • Experience of working within the Criminal Justice System
  • Experience of working with people of all ages

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