£31.365k - £37.89k Per Year

Job Type

Full Time


3 days ago


Liaison and Diversion Service - Buckinghamshire/Berkshire, HC


Job Reference: 371-MHW760-A

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Liaison and Diversion Service - Bucks
Liaison and Diversion Service - Buckinghamshire/Berkshire, Reading
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum

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.

Please find attached the behaviour framework that underpins these values for this job role.

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This role attracts a recruitment and retention package of £3,000, which is paid in £1,500 instalments. The successful candidate will receive their first instalment when successfully completed the probationary period at the start of the financial year, and the second instalment after they have completed 12 months in our team, with the caveat that they are committed to our service for three years.

Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion Practitioner (Band 6) – Buckinghamshire/Berkshire

***Previous applicants need not apply***

Are you an experienced mental health or learning disability nurse, social worker, therapist or health visitor who is passionate about health outcomes for those within the criminal justice system? We’re looking for a highly motivated practitioner to join our Liaison and Diversion Service.

Our 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.

Our intervention can occur at any point along the criminal justice pathway. Our main points of activity are police custody suites, courts and probation.

You will be based within custody suites and courts and work with people within the criminal justice system. You’ll identify potential mental health, learning disability or other vulnerabilities and, where necessary, recommend further assessment or care pathways for onward referral or support. Where appliable, your expertise will be shared in court, with your report’s recommendations assisting the judicial process.

This role 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.

About the Job

  • 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 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
  • To make recommendation to the Crown Prosecution Service or court, whether criminal justice system remains involved, or diversion is indicated
  • To build a good working knowledge of the mental health act in relation to the police, courts and the criminal justice system
  • Where diversion is indicated, to facilitate mental health act assessments at the police station or court in conjunction with the local authority Approved Mental Health Practitioner Service.
  • To refer to the prison in-reach teams where custody is indicated ensuring appropriate information is received along the care pathway and criminal justice pathway
  • To be responsible for adhering to all BHFT Policies and Procedures.
  • To be able to communicate clearly with a diverse group of service users.
  • To work autonomously, with the ability to organise and manage own time according to delegated workload.
  • Take accountability for own professional practice.
  • Ability to formulate a risk assessment and risk management plan.
  • To provide formal and informal clinical supervision to junior staff, students, mental health workers where appropriate/in agreement with the team manager
  • To facilitate the efficient operation of the team, including the provision of cover for the role of Team Manager in their absence as required
  • To deliver training to partner agencies such as TVP and Judiciary

Some of the benefits of joining our team:

  • Annual leave – 27 days for new starters, 29 days after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years NHS service plus 8 days bank holidays. Pro rata for part time staff
  • 3 on-site nurseries
  • Access to NHS Pension scheme
  • Flexible working opportunities and a strong emphasis on work life balance
  • Long service recognition
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave for eligible staff
  • Working on wellbeing provides occupational health services
  • Salary sacrifice scheme for a new car

The 4 “must haves” for you to be considered for this role:

  1. An experienced mental health or learning disability nurse, social worker, therapist or health visitor, with a degree level or equivalent qualification in mental health or learning disability nursing, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, social work or psychological therapy
  2. Excellent communication and people skills, who is confident discussing complex and sensitive information in a clear and empathetic manner, and adept at solving problems through creative
  3. Be astute at assessing risk and committed to client safety.
  4. Car driver with ability and readiness to travel to multiple sites

Berkshire Healthcare has a record of achievement and success that places us as one of the best performing Trusts in the country. We are rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC, we have a history of strong financial performance and we have a highly skilled and engaged workforce. We aspire to be an outstanding organisation for everyone: our people, our patients, their families, and their carers. For our people who work here that means we want Berkshire Healthcare to be a great place to work where everyone can thrive and grow.If you recognise yourself in these requirements, we recommend you apply today!

Previous applicants need not apply. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Please don’t hesitate to call: Liz Taylor-Diparno on 07825112101 or email: who’ll be delighted to help.

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.

After applying via NHS Jobs, your submitted application will be imported into our preferred Third party recruitment system. All subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from You will not be able to track the progress of your application or receive messages through the NHS Jobs website, and furthermore, that as an employer, we will not be able to respond to any e-mails sent to us via the NHS Jobs website. By applying for this post you are agreeing to Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. If you are appointed to a post information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system.

Appointment to any position is conditional on the satisfactory completion of the core NHS Employment Checks Standards. Information disclosed in your application will be checked and any offer of appointment may be withdrawn if you knowingly withhold information or provide false or misleading information.

The Trust may close any vacancy prior to the advertised closing date due to the high level of responses we receive for some of our vacancies.

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust is committed to improving the health of its staff, patients and the wider community by providing a smoke free environment. A smoke free policy is in operation and smoking is not permitted on any of the Trust’s sites.

The Trust is also committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We follow safe recruitment practices to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults.