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Criminal Justice Liaison & Diversion Practitioner

Job Description

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust is a great place to work and has a sound future as a leading provider of excellent services. The Trust invests in its staff and seeks to provide them with opportunities for training and personal development.

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2002 and authorised as a Foundation Trust on 1st December 2007. The Trust provides health and wellbeing services for a population of around 15million people. The services provided include community nursing, health visiting and a range of therapy services including physiotherapy, podiatry and speech & language. The Trust specialises in inpatient and community mental health services. Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust covers the whole of the county and employs around 7,000 members of staff across more than 400 sites.

Criminal Justice Liaison & Diversion Practitioner Bands 6

(Band 5 may be considered for newly qualified)

(Secondment / fixed term – initially until 31st March 2017, further NHS England funding pending)

Criminal Justice Liaison & Diversion Service

Hours - 375 hours per week

Operational days: 7 days per week inclusive of bank holidays

As a result of on-going investment and service development within the Criminal Justice Liaison & Diversion Team in Lancashire, fixed term / secondment opportunities for the post of Criminal Justice Liaison & Diversion Practitioner (wave 2) are available in Cumbria, covering Carlisle and Workington Police custody and courts. This is part of NHS England service developments to deliver fully commissioned services by 2020, of which Cumbria is a wave 3 site of the national project

The Criminal Justice Liaison & Diversion Service seeks to deliver an effective person centred service based upon collaboration and partnership working between all health services, criminal justice agencies and other stakeholders.

The service is delivered out of police custody suites, courts, and other community based criminal justice services for persons aged 10 years and over who may have a range of vulnerabilities including mental health, learning disability, emotional and development needs, social needs and substance related issues.

The post holder will provide a gate keeping and signposting role to ensure that the mental health and vulnerability needs of offenders are identified through early assessment and addressed appropriately through advice, diversion and liaison into appropriate services. The post holder needs to be a registered health professional with experience in a mental health arena'

The role will continue to develop within the CJLD Service in line with NHS England and Offender Health Collaborative national development project for Liaison & Diversion services.

Please note: This post is subject to Cumbria Constabulary Level 2 Vetting which is essential in order to fulfil the role within the custody environment.

Please note: This post is subject to an enhanced DBS Clearance. As part of the pre-employment checks, successful candidates will be required to pay for their own DBS check at a cost of £50. Deductions will be taken from the first 3 months salary.

If you would like further information about this post please contact Gemma Richardson, CJL&D Deputy Manager, Cumbria ph.  ( Phone number removed )  or Steve Acton, Integrated Clinical Manager, CJL&D Team  ( Phone number removed ) 

If you are not invited to interview within 3 weeks of the closing date, then please assume that on this occasion you have been unsuccessful, as it is not possible to contact all unsuccessful candidates. It is important that applicants log in to the website and check their NHS Jobs account on a regular basis to read and respond to any emails they may have received. If you do not have regular access to email/internet please advise the team of suitable contact details.

All posts are subject to the nationally agreed Agenda for Change terms and conditions.

Please note that further communication from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust (LCFT) will normally be to the email address given on the application form. You should also ensure that email addresses and telephone numbers are provided for your referees, to enable LCFT to contact them.

Please ensure that you read the Person Specification attached below as your application will be measured against this document. Applications from job share partners are welcome and other forms of flexible working will be considered for all posts.

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You are advised to consider applying for LCFT vacancies as soon as possible as in some instances vacancies are closed as soon as a sufficient number of applications have been received. If you are not invited to interview within three weeks of the closing date then please assume that on this occasion you have been unsuccessful, as it is not possible to contact all unsuccessful candidates.

We welcome applications from people regardless of age, disability (especially people who have experience of accessing mental health, or Learning Disability Services or caring for someone who has accessed mental health services or Learning Disability Services), ethnicity, gender, religion or belief or sexual orientation.

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