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Criminal Justice Liaison Practitioner

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
£41,659 to £47,673 a year per annum
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has become available within the Criminal Justice Liaison Service (CJLS) for a CJLS Practitioner within the Forensic Service.

The post holder is a highly skilled independent practitioner providing Specialist Forensic Mental Health Care, within a define geographical area within Gwent, which ensures the early identification of people with mental health problems who are detained in police custody or who are awaiting a court appearance. They will be expected to provide specialist psychiatric advice and assessment within the Criminal Justice System; identifying and quantifying the needs of mentally disordered offenders; act as an 'expert witness' to the courts and provide guidance to magistrates regarding treatment options or recommendations for custody sentencing. Where the individual is known to services, they will provide appropriate information and liaison. Often assessments will need to be made within tight timescales and under difficult conditions.

A key component of the process will be the independent assessment of risk in the context of options available to Magistrates.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

Main duties of the job

To prepare specialist reports, both verbal and written, for the use of the Officers of the Court, advise on the promotion of mental health, the prevention of mental illness and advise on the appropriate disposal of disordered offenders from police custody and court.

To provide specialist assessments for referrals, allocated via the Forensic Team referral process, and carry a small ongoing caseload of high risk clients.

To develop a therapeutic alliance with emotionally and psychologically disturbed clients and their carer's enabling the client to accept responsibility for their personal well-being appropriate to their level of cognitive functioning.

To act up in the absence of the Team manager for Forensic Mental Health Services/ CJLS.

To regularly undertake clinical supervision with a named supervisor in order to maintain and improve standards of care, developing a high level of therapeutic use of self to support the therapeutic goals of social recovery

About us

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board is a multi-award winning NHS organisation with a passion for caring. The Health Board provides an exceptional workplace where you can feel trusted and valued. Whatever your speciality or stage in your career, we have opportunities for everyone to start, grow and build your career. The health board provides integrated acute, primary and community care serving a population of 650,000 and employing over 16,000 staff.

We offer a fantastic benefits package and extensive training and development opportunities with paid mandatory training, excellent in-house programmes, opportunities to complete recognised qualifications and professional career pathways including a range of management development programmes. We offer flexible working and promote a healthy work life balance, provide occupational health support and an ambitious plan for a Well Being Centre of Excellence to support you at work.

Our Clinical Futures strategy continues to enhance and promote care closer to home as well as high quality hospital care when needed. This includes the Grange University Hospital which provides specialist and critical care and is the newest addition to the clinical futures strategy which opened in November 2020. Join us on our journey to pioneer new ways of working and deliver a world-class healthcare service fit for the future.

Job description Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac

Person Specification Registration Essential
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse or Registered Social Worker or Registered Occupational Therapist
Experience Essential
  • Degree level qualification or experience
Experience Essential
  • Proven experience in the management of individuals suffering from severe mental illness within a coordinated multidisciplinary care setting.

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