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Liaison and Diversion Practitioner - Court (Black Country)

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year pro rata
Closing date
21 Mar 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
At MPFT we pride ourselves on staff wellbeing and development and can we offer you:
  • Our SOOTHE resources - supporting staff across the trust with their physical, mental and financial health. In addition to the support offered from our occupational health provider Team Prevent.
  • Counselling support and lifestyle information with advice on a variety of personal matters
  • In our Gift providing a platform for your voice to be heard to inform change
  • The opportunity to purchase additional annual leave
  • Opportunities for flexible working (depending on the role)
  • Career development opportunities and coaching plus access to in house training programs
  • Innovative research training program entitled STARS (Supporting the advancement of Research Skills)
  • Child Care Vouchers Scheme
  • Recognition and engagement through our staff LOVE awards, LOVE long service awards and Staff Engagement Surveys
  • NHS discounts available via the Blue Card and Red Guava schemes

Main duties of the job

An exciting opportunity has arisen for experienced practitioners with criminal justice interest, to work in the Black Country's Integrated Offender Health (IOH) Service. Staff would be expected to work in both Crown and Magistrates Courts across the Black Country area and also work in the community within the Outreach element of the team. This will include providing high quality assessments of people attending both Crown and Magistrates Courts and supporting people under the care of the Court Outreach Team. The service will be delivered to people of all ages including those under the age of 18yrs who present with any vulnerability including but not limited to; mental health, physical health, learning disability, head injury, unemployment, housing, educational needs etc.

This exciting service is currently funded by NHS England and is delivered by Midlands Partnership 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 needs.

About us

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) is an award winning organisation with over 9000 employees. We are one of the largest integrated Health and Social Care providers, covering services across North & South Staffordshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Isle of Wight and Essex.

Demonstrating our strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, and in context of our objective aligned to the growth of diversity across the workforce; we are particularly seeking applications from individuals who may be from under-represented groups, such as black, Asian or other ethnic groups, individuals with a disability, or LGBTQ+ individuals who meet the specific criteria.

We are embedding values based and inclusive recruitment practices to ensure that all applicants, from any backgrounds, have an equal chance of success in achieving a role with us.

Due to the nature of the work posts may be subject to an Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau disclosure check (police check), through the Criminal Records Bureau as stipulated under part V of the Police Act 1997. Some posts may also require enhanced Police Vetting.

The Trust is committed to equal opportunities, providing opportunities for flexible working and is a non-smoking organisation.

Job description Job responsibilities

The Post holder will be expected to work across all the Black Country Courts on a daily basis.

The Post holder will be expected to conduct assessments within the court custody and landing areas providing relevant information to Court & Probation services to support sentencing options and offer diversion options out of the criminal justice system to more appropriate services where needs are identified.

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 Custody and Outreach teams
  • Working in an Integrated Offender Health Service in the Black Country, dependent on skill and service need.
  • Delivering a high quality clinical service to patients and their families.
  • Managing complex assessment in court, custody suite and Outreach Service. Responsible for clinical and caseload supervision of other team members where identified.
  • Diverting and Liaising with multiple criminal police and other partners.
  • To provide written reports for Crown or Magistrates Courts or to attend and give verbal evidence as required. To offer considered recommendations to these bodies.
  • Responsible for participating in the setting of quality standards, including the auditing, monitoring and reviewing of practice in line with current clinical guidance practice and policy.
  • Assess patient's individual care needs, agree and refer on to appropriate agency.
  • Complete and contribute, where appropriate to robust risk assessments and risk management plans. Deliver and promote positive risk taking, where appropriate, to improve quality of life and maximise occupational performance/independence.
  • Maintain an effective reporting system by observing and reporting verbally and in writing on patient condition
  • Utilise agreed outcome measures to review the effectiveness of process, as part of Liaison and Diversion Service.
  • Participate in the development of the service to ensure clinical governance processes are actively implemented at a team level.
  • Assist in ensuring that the aims and objectives of the service (as set by the Team Leader) are fulfilled and to identify factors which may inhibit these from being achieved.
  • The post holder will be required to work within the HCPC Code of Practice and professional guidelines.
  • Maintain an up-to-date level of professional competence within the specific environment.

Assist in the implementation of evidence-based nursing practice and participate in research and other projects as required

Person Specification Essential Essential
  • Registered mental health Nurse on NMC Register
  • Post-registration experience, evidence of formal courses and training at diploma/degree level.
  • Registered Mentor
  • Registered with a professional body (OT, SALT, SW)
  • Leadership qualification
  • BSc degree in nursing or equivalent level
  • Experience of working in community setting and making decisions autonomously
  • Leadership qualification / existing accreditation relating to Practice Educator / Work Based Supervisor / AMHP
Essential Essential
  • Conforms to NMC requirements
  • Experience of social work in other user groups/settings i.e. Children and Families, Learning Disabilities, Older Adults

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