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Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion Practitioner - Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

  • Location: Out of County
  • Ref: FS06967
  • Closing date: 08 May 2018
  • Contract type: Permanent
  • Working hours: Full Time
  • Salary: See advert for detail

The opportunity

Job Type: Permanent

Working pattern: 37.5 Hours per Week

Pay Scheme: Agenda for change

Pay Band: £26,565 to £35,577 per annum

Location: High Wycombe

About us

This is an exciting time to join the Thames Valley Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion (CJLD) Service; we are winners of a number of awards both locally and nationally for the service we deliver and we continue to expand our provision in line with NHS England’s’ National Operating model.  Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust delivers this service in partnership with Oxford Health Foundation Trust.

The CJLD Service has successfully expanded its provision across the Thames Valley, to offer an all age extended hours service within Criminal Justice.  Due to this expansion, we have a variety of vacancies across the service.  These include B6 Liaison & Diversion Practitioner roles within Bucks and a B7 Team Lead role within Oxfordshire.  We are looking for Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, and Mental Health & Learning Disability Nurses to apply for these roles.

These are the values that we live by at Berkshire Healthcare:

  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.


About the role

This role attracts a recruitment and retention package of £3000 which will be paid in £1500 instalments.  The first instalment on commencement of employment and the second after 12 months with the caveat there is a commitment to the service for three years. If employment ends before this timeframe the equivalent amount will be clawed back


  • To attend police custody suites and magistrates’ courts and provide screening and assessments, advice and identify robust care pathways, for individuals where a potential vulnerability has been identified.
  • To provide all age and vulnerability screening and assessments to individuals who are suspected of crime
  • To provide the police and court with written information pertaining to the individual in a timely fashion to inform disposal
  • To work closely and build links with all referring agencies within the custody suite, court and probation acting as a single point of contact for health
  • To address the court in person when necessary in order to advise the court in the disposal, and care pathway of a particular case.
  • To refer to the service user’s General Practitioner, appropriate primary, secondary, specialist or statutory services for support and/or treatment

Please see the attached Job Description below for further information regarding this role.

About you

The Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion Service has been developed to provide an all vulnerability approach to assessments, identification of care pathways, and where indicated diversion of individuals within and away from criminal justice systems.  Diversion can occur at any point along the criminal justice pathway with our main points of activity with  police custody suites, courts and probation. 

The successful applicant will work in the police custody suites and courts; working with people within the criminal justice system where potential mental health, learning disability or other vulnerability need is suspected and further assessment is indicated to inform disposal of the case and to identify care pathways for appropriate onward referral/support 

This involves a commitment to close partnership working with both statutory and voluntary sector agencies and a commitment to working with a complex and diverse range of individuals with varying needs.

Other Information

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Closing Date: 08/05/2018

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

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