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Liaison and Diversion Practitioner

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
21 Mar 2023

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Exciting opportunities have arisen for mental health nurses, social worker or OT to work in the Liaison and Diversion team based at Durham, Peterlee & Darlington police custody suites.

Liaison and Diversion is a vulnerability model service working with anyone from the age of 10 upwards.

The service provides assessment and liaison for people who are either currently in the criminal justice system or at risk of entering the criminal justice system in close collaboration with partner agencies.

You will be expected to work 4 shifts a week, 2 x 8am to 8pm and 2 x 8am to 4pm and working in the courts on a rotational basis.

The successful applicant will be subject to enhanced police vetting.

One of these posts are being advertised to address a temporary need of 12 months however the Trust has made the commitment to offer Registered Nurses a permanent contract with the Trust. In the event that the need for this post ends, a suitable alternative post will be offered (this does not apply to other registered professions). Applicants should be aware that alternatives may require some flexibility on role and/or location.

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 post holder will be responsible for the co-ordination and assessment of both new and existing service users within the magistrates court and police custody suites. They will be expected to demonstrate high quality assessment and leadership skills.

The post holder will offer advice and support to criminal justice staff. Carry out face to face assessments, follow up after release and facilitate access to appropriate local services.

You will act as shift co-ordinator and take on a day-to-day clinical supervisory role for colleagues including navigators, support workers, practitioner and peer mentor apprentices.

The post requires good IT skills, the ability to work flexibly and autonomously as well as contributing to an MDT approach. A strong understanding and commitment to team working is vital.

About us

We are the Mental Health & Learning Disability NHS Trust for County Durham and Darlington, Teesside, North Yorkshire, York and Selby.

From education and prevention, to crisis and specialist care --our talented and compassionate teams work in partnership with our patients, communities and partners to help the people of our region feel safe, understood, believed in and cared for.

We nurture the recovery journey of anyone in need of our help. In Our Trust, everyone has a say in how they are supported and treated because we listen to every person in our care until they feel understood. Our patients, their families and carers work together with us towards better mental health.

We're committed to new thinking that improves the wellbeing of our region. We connect with our communities and partners to get mental health care right, in areas that really need it.

We won't rest until everyone in our region has the mental health care they need, to lead their best possible life.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further detailed information to ensure that you meet the role criteria before applying.

Additional contact details: Leigh Bates Cleveland Liaison & Diversion team.


Person Specification Qualification Essential
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development
  • Current professional registration with appropriate body in healthcare or social work.
  • 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
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.
  • Quality improvement activities
  • Leadership or management experience
  • Experience in forensic mental health or working with offenders.
knowledge Essential
  • Good understanding of the Criminal Justice System and the roles and responsibilities of those working within it.
  • Clinical Risk Assessment and Management and its application in practice
skills Essential
  • Provide leadership and monitor, co-ordinate and prioritise the activities of a team.
  • Complete assessments of clients with complex mental health needs using evidence-based tools
  • Communicate complex and sensitive information effectively to clients, carers/families and all services within the Criminal Justice Pathway

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