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Senior Liaison and Diversion Practitioner

Job Reference: 833-SS-SP-545-21

(SP) Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Liaison & Diversion Humber
£32,306 to £39,027 pa (pro rata)

We are delighted to announce that we have been rated as a “Good” organisation by CQC and our Adults Services were rated ‘Outstanding’ for caring.

Who are we?

Leeds Community Healthcare provides a range of community-based health services across the whole city. We treat people in their homes, local health centres and community hospitals, and work in partnership with other local Trusts, charities and Leeds City Council.

We have a strong culture based on deeply-held values, and our focus at all times is on delivering high quality care to the people of Leeds. In our most recent CQC evaluation, we were rated "Good", with our Adult Services rated "Outstanding" for caring.
What are the perks?

Our benefits range from generous annual leave to access to NHS discount sites. Here are some of the most important ones:
• Competitive salary in line with Agenda for Change banding
• 27-33 days annual leave plus bank holidays
• Highly regarding NHS Pension Scheme
• Professional development opportunities including coaching, training and education support
• Salary sacrifice or lease car schemes
• Health and wellbeing including gym membership, occupational health service and priority access to mental health

Your duties will include:
• conducting comprehensive assessments to identify and implement care plans and appropriate interventions in custody, court and community settings
• providing advice and guidance to custody staff regarding the care of the detainee whilst in police custody referring to other services as appropriate
• supervise junior members of the team
• shift co-ordination tasks

The post holders will be required to work from Hull and Grimsby custody suites and across the region. Operating hours will be 8am to 6pm, Monday - Friday, 8am-4.30pm on the weekend. Staff will be required to work a 6 week shift pattern which covers the opening hours.

We offer a thorough training programme that is tailored to the individual's experience and needs.

Who are you?

You will be a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual, with a critical understanding of detailed theoretical and practical knowledge, are specialist and/or have management and leadership responsibilities. Demonstrate initiative and are creative in finding solutions to problems. Some responsibility for team performance and service development and consistently undertake self- development. A depth of knowledge and understanding which enables the post holder to perform at a high level of practice, take a leadership role, use and develop evidence to inform their practice, and deal with complex, unpredictable environments.

They will have their own caseload or work area responsibilities and responsibility for oversight of the team clinical caseload. A professional qualification and/or significant experience of working with people, particularly people with vulnerabilities in the justice system, plus a qualification in a relevant field.

You are flexible, in order to deal with a wide variety of presenting conditions in multiple situations and bases, and able to work under pressure and in a challenging and fast-paced environment.

You will be dynamic, innovative, and committed to delivering a safe and effective service and a high standard of healthcare. As you'll be working with non-NHS professionals within your suite as well as colleagues across the region, highly effective communication skills are a must. And you're empowered by working independently but able to maintain a sense of team and your professional identity.

You will have extensive experience of working in a relevant specialty substance misuse services, prison healthcare or mental health liaison service in an A&E or secure unit, Probation or Youth offending service. We consider each applicant’s experience on an individual basis.

The successful candidate must be able to work well under pressure, supervise junior members of the team, manage a caseload and have excellent communication skills. You will be actively involved in service and self-development.

This role requires full police vetting, and it is essential that you can travel independently across the area and have access to a suitable vehicle for business purposes.

Candidates can apply for this role who are registered professionals in the following areas, i.e. nurse, social worker, occupational therapist.


If you are successful in being offered a position which involves working with patients, you will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The level of check required is dependent upon the position that you have applied for. The Trust will administer the DBS check on your behalf and will recover the cost from your salary. There will be no charge if you are enrolled in the DBS Update Service.

**Please be advised that at all stages of the recruitment process NHS staff from the Yorkshire and Humber region designated ‘at risk’ or ‘affected by change’ will be given priority consideration. If you are ‘at risk’ or ‘affected by change’ please make it clear on your application so that you receive priority consideration.**

Please note: all correspondence regarding this vacancy including the interview process will be sent to your registered NHS jobs e-mail address.

Please ensure you meet all the essential requirements in the person specification before applying for this vacancy.

Recruiting Managers may close an advert once sufficient applications have been received therefore all candidates are strongly advised to complete their application as soon as possible.

If you have not heard within four weeks of the closing date please assume that on this occasion you have been unsuccessful.

The Trust operates a no smoking policy and is a smoke free environment.

We are committed to improving the working lives of our employees and we have an active flexible working policy and welcome applications for job share and flexible working. As an equal opportunities employer we also welcome applications from anyone, irrespective of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, religious beliefs or disability as we embrace diversity within our workforce.

We are also looking for applicants with lived experience of providing unpaid care and/or support to a family member or friend with a disability, health condition, frailty, mental health problem, addiction or other health and care needs.

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