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Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion Mental Health Practitioner

Band 6

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Mental Health Band 6 Liaison and Diverison Mental Health Practitioner
Band 6
37.5 hours per week (Full Time 37.5 hours per week)
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South Sefton Magistrates Court Merton Road Bootle Liverpool L20 3XX (Though the team have bases across the Merseyside footprint)
£30,401 - £37,267 £30,401 - £37,267 per annum
Salary period
20/01/2021 23:59

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in Liverpool, Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.

We work closely with service users, carers and partner organisations; we have been able to make real improvements to our diverse range of services, from health and social care, right through to high secure provision. This passion to improve has been recognised by the CQC who have recently rated us “Good”.

Mersey Care’s vision and values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support (CARES) drive our organisation and the way we work together to deliver services. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate, during recruitment and any subsequent employment with the Trust, that their behaviour supports our values.

The CQC stated “It was clear that most staff across the organisation understood, and were committed to, the vision and values of the organisation. These were well communicated and the work to win both hearts and minds was apparent”.

We take positive action to support disadvantaged groups and also particularly encourage applications from BAME, disabled and LGBT people that are under-represented in our workforce. Furthermore we welcome applications from reservists and ex-armed forces as we recognise the benefits of the values, skills, training and experience that they bring to their work with us. We encourage all applicants to share their equality information with us.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles.

Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion Mental Health Practitioner  

Area: Local Services Division

Base of work:  CJLDT have a total of 11 criminal justice bases plus our trust and community bases. 

An exciting opportunity has arisen for Mental Health Practitioners to join the Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion Service Working across offender health, liaison and diversion services in court and custody, and Mental Health/Policing/NWAS/British Transport Police Triage Car.

Liaison and diversion is a process whereby people of all ages with mental health problems, learning disabilities, substance misuse problems and other vulnerabilities are identified and assessed as early as possible as they pass through the youth and adult criminal justice systems. You will be expected to work across courts systems and support custody environments as well as the wider mental health system.  You will support the offender health agenda within this role.

You will be a registered practitioner within mental health (Allied Health Professions: Mental Health Nurse; Social Worker; Occupational Therapist) with demonstrable extensive post registration experience. You will have experience in undertaking specialist mental health assessments and have a sound knowledge of the Mental Health Act/Capacity Act and criminal justice systems

You will need to have excellent interpersonal skills that will enable you to challenge, motivate, influence and inspire your colleagues at all levels.

We are looking for people who possess the core values of care, compassion and empathy.

You must be able to work various shift patterns with the hours of 07:00hrs – 00:00hrs and work flexibly to cover our services within a variety of work bases commissioned within Mersey Care NHS Trust and the criminal justice systems including; community, custody, courts and supporting other criminal justice/health environments in-line with service need.

It is essential that you are able to travel throughout Merseyside in a timely manner.

To understand the full duties of this new role please refer to the specific job outline attached.

Please ensure that you evidence in your supporting information how you meet the person specification for both the generic and the specific job outlines.

Please note, this post is subject to Level 3 Police Vetting Clearance  (Outcome determined by Merseyside Police)

We encourage all applicants to contact the team to discus the role prior to applying to support you through the application process and understanding of the role you are applying for. If you are shortlisted we encourage all applicants to arrange an informal conversation with the team before attending for interview.

Shortlisting is planned for 21.01.2021

Interviewing is planned for the 04.02.2020 and 05.02.2021

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Annie Kelly and Kim Harrison
Job title
CJLDT Team Managers
Email address
Telephone number
See below
Additional information

annie.kelly@merseycare.nhs.uk 07823 360 725

Kimberley.Harrison@merseycare.nhs.uk  0776870191

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