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Social Worker/ Mental Health Nurse

Band 6

Main area
Mental Health
Band 6
37.5 hours per week
Job ref
BED Liaison & Diversion Service
£28,050 to £36,644 pa
01/03/2019 23:59
Interview date

ELFT (East London NHS Foundation Trust) is making a positive difference to thousands of people’s lives, providing support so that they can fulfil their potential and enjoy healthy lives.

ELFT Liaison and Diversion Service (L&DS)

The Bedfordshire and Luton Liaison and Diversion Service (L&DS) are looking to recruit a Band 6 Liaison and Diversion Practitioners (Social Worker or Mental Health Nurse) to be a part of the team undergoing an exciting period of transformation.

The L&DS offers all-age triage and assessment in police custody and court, to individuals who may be presenting with a range of vulnerabilities which may include: mental illness, personality disorder, alcohol and substance use, homelessness, acquired brain injury, learning disabilities, autism, or other speech and language communication difficulties.

Following triage and assessment, the worker may make recommendations for a fair and safe criminal justice process and outcome. 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.
The service has its main base at Charter House in Luton and satellite bases in Luton and Kempston police custody, the Luton Magistrates Courts, and Luton Crown Court. We also work with Voluntary Attendees. The service operates from 8am to 9pm Monday- Friday and 8am-8pm weekends and bank holidays and you will be expected to be a part of a rota which may include working 12 hours shifts including evenings and weekends.

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 carers.

If you would like to discuss this opportunity further, please contact Fiona Kennedy on 01582 700227.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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.

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Fiona KENNEDY, telephone 01582 700 227, email

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