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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 14/08/2022.

Liaison and Diversion Practitioner

Job Reference: 301-VA-22-142571

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Liaison and Diversion Service
£32,306 - £39,027

An award winning organisation with over 9000 employees across services in North & South Staffordshire, Shropshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Essex, we are one of the largest integrated Health and Social Care providers.

What can we offer you?

  • Our SOOTHE resources are supporting staff across the trust with their physical and mental health. In addition to the support offered from our occupational health provider Team Prevent.

  • Counselling support and lifestyle information with advice on a variety of personal matters

  • Annual Big SOOTHE week provides time to reflect on the demands following the pandemic and connect with others to feel able to face future challenges as we move forward.

  • “In our Gift” provides a platform for your voice to be heard to implement change

  • Purchase additional annual leave as well as wellbeing days

  • Career development opportunities and coaching

  • Access to in house training programs, leadership management and NVQ qualifications as well as our wellbeing and recovery college

  • Innovative research training program entitled STARS (Supporting the advancement of Research Skills)

  • Flexible working wherever possible including opportunities for homeworking

  • Opportunities to connect of important issues such as Sustainability and digital working

  • Empower and engage our staff with LOVE awards, LOVE long service awards and STAFF Surveys

  • Cycle to work scheme

  • Commitment to create a more diverse and inclusive organisation through our Staff Equality Network

  • NHS pension scheme

  • You would be eligible for NHS discounts including blue light card and red guava

Do you believe that every individual who is arrested for an allegation should be sent to prison and the key thrown away? If so, this is not the job for you.

However if you recognize that a person’s past experiences and health needs can be contributing factors in them getting involved with the Criminal Justice System, and that by identifying and reducing health needs, individuals can make positive changes and, in doing so, reduce the risk of them reoffending. Then please continue reading, we would love to hear from you ….

Aggressive? Or suffering from a mental health condition?

Uncooperative? Or lacking communication skills?

Substance misuser? Or suffering from a head injury?

Resistive? Or scared?

Repeat offender? Or victim?

A risk to the public? Or a child?

When you’re a Liaison and Diversion Practitioner you need to call on all your expertise and skills to identify the vulnerabilities of people in custody or court. Often, your decision will contribute towards the course of action. Plus, Police Officers will be waiting for your assessment.

This makes this job of the most challenging – but also rewarding – roles you can have.

Hereford Liaison and Diversion Practitioner
Band 6 part-time job share (20 hours - rota)

The Hereford Liaison and Diversion Service are looking to recruit a Band 6 Liaison and Diversion Practitioner (Social Worker/Mental Health Nurse/Registered General Nurse/ Learning Disability Nurse/Speech and Language therapist or occupational therapist).

The Liaison and Diversion Service operates across West Mercia: It is commissioned through NHS England and delivered by Midland Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. This position however, will predominantly be based at Hereford Police custody and Hereford Magistrates’ court.

Within police custody, individuals are referred to Liaison and Diversion Practitioners by West Mercia Police. Individuals may be referred to the service when they present with a range of vulnerabilities, which may include: mental illness, alcohol and substance use, homelessness, acquired brain injury, learning disabilities, physical health issues, speech and language communication difficulties.

Following screening and assessment, staff may make recommendations for safe and fair criminal justice processes and outcomes. This may require liaison with a range of allied professionals including the police, probation, solicitors, court judiciary, mental health teams, GP surgeries, local authorities, etc. Individuals are assessed at the earliest opportunity. This means that the Liaison and Diversion role within custody is, at times, fast pace and highly demanding. The assessments are holistic covering all areas of need. Close multi-agency working required with police to ensure that needs and risks appropriately assessed; where required clear plan indicated to address needs or risks identified.

You will also have knowledge and/or experience of working with one or more of the above identified groups of people and this could be in the NHS, the Local Authority, CAMHS, or other services such as alcohol and substance misuse services. Most importantly, you will be dynamic and persevering in your work, be naturally enquiring and inquisitive, have excellent risk assessment and report writing skills, and the ability to quickly establish and develop rapport with service users and careers.

Alongside multi-agency working with Police colleagues, Liaison and Diversion Service also works closely with criminal justice partners within Court.

A large area of the Liaison and Diversion Service is within the Outreach Pathway. After initial assessment within Custody or Court; individuals may be referred to Outreach Pathway where needs have been identified. The role of Outreach is to refer to and empower individuals to engage with services in order to address unmet need, support through elements of the Criminal Justice Process and to monitor for changes in risk. The Outreach role required collaborative working with wider services.

The Liaison and Diversion role demands good working relationship with the police and healthcare in custody, alongside other Criminal Justice Partners and wider agencies / services. The team is looking for a dynamic, proactive, enthusiastic and highly skilled professional who is confident to make sound clinical decisions and give appropriate recommendation. Due to the working patterns, there is a proportion of autonomous working and community based working.

The service have bases at Hereford Police Station, the Magistrates’ Courts, and Crown Court; you could have opportunities to work across both bases. With enhanced car incentives.

The service does not operate a 24hr however will provide extended hours during the week and also operates during the weekend. The shift pattern will be on a rolling rota, some shifts will include working early evenings. The post holder will also be required to work some weekends on a rota basis. Should you wish to understand more in relation to the rota or shift patterns, please contact:

The post holder will be based in Hereford. The successful candidate will be expected to complete complex assessments within police custody and court settings, alongside assessments and support within the community. The post holder will be expected to make clinical decisions on complex and, potentially, high risk clients.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the Community.

Alongside Trust requirements of an Enhanced DBS Check, the post holder will be required to be vetted by West Mercia Police and post will be subject to vetting being approved.

For an informal discussion, to arrange a visit, or for further information please contact Karl Shone, Liaison and Diversion Service Lead, at

IMPORTANT INFORMATION about your application. Please read. .

The Trust treats personal data collected during the recruitment process in accordance with the Information Governance Policy. Information about how your data is used and the basis for processing your data is contained within the Trust’s Privacy Notice

1. UPDATES & CORRESPONDENCE – All correspondence will be sent via email to the email address you used when making your application. Please check your email regularly. If you have selected updates by text messaging we will also correspond via this method.

2. EMPLOYMENT CHECKS – If selected for interview, you will be sent an email with the details of the documentation you need to bring along with you to verify your Right to work in the UK, your identity and DBS Check. Failure to bring the documentation will delay your employment if you are successful at interview.

3. REFERENCES - Please ensure you provide email addresses for all referees for the last 3 years of employment and advise of any gaps in employment. We will not request references prior to interview unless you have given permission on your application form to do so, however, if you are offered a position with the Trust, references will be requested at the point of offer and by completing this application you are giving your approval for this information to be requested.

MPFT is committed to the equality of opportunity for all with the right mix of talent, skills and potential and welcome applications from a wide range of candidates from all areas of the community, who meet the specific criteria of the post regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, physical / mental disability or offending background.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of individuals and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

The Trust has a positive attitude to employees and job applicants with mental health issues.

PLEASE NOTE: should we have a high volume of applications the Trust may close the vacancy early

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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