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Mental Health Nurse or Social Worker

Band 6

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Social Work, Nursing
Band 6
37.5 hours per week
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BED Liaison & Diversion Service, Charter House, Alma Street, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 2PJ
£28,050 to £36,644 pa
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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 has been named one of the HSJ Top 10 best places to work in healthcare, HSJ Provider Trust of the Year and graded as Outstanding by our regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in 2018. We believe that staff who feel valued by the Trust and are truly engaged in the organisation deliver better outcomes for our patients. This Trust is clinician-led, and provides the highest possible level of clinical expertise throughout its services.

We have set ourselves the mission to improve the quality of life of all we serve, and have embarked on an ambitious Quality Improvement Programme to transform the culture of the Trust to one of continuous improvement, delivered through participation of all staff and with service users, carers and families at the heart of our efforts to improve.

Geographic areas our services cover

ELFT provides a wide range of community and inpatient services to children, young people, adults of working age, older adults and forensic services to the City of London, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Bedfordshire, Luton and psychological therapy services to the London Borough of Richmond.

In addition, the Trust provides forensic services to the London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest, and some specialist mental health services to North London, Hertfordshire and Essex.

The specialist Forensic Personality Disorder service serves North London and the specialist Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME adult outpatient service serves North London and the South of England.

The Trust's specialist Mother and Baby Psychiatric Unit receives referrals from London and the South East of England.


ELFT Liaison and Diversion Service: Social Worker or Mental Health Nurse

The Bedfordshire and Luton Liaison and Diversion Service (L&DS) has a vacancy for a permanent Band 6 Liaison and Diversion Practitioner (Social Worker or Mental Health Nurse) to be a part of our team offering 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; you will be expected to work across all bases but will initially learn the trade in police custody. You will also be working with Voluntary Attendees. The service operates from 8am to 9pm seven days a week and you will be expected to be a part of a rota which may include working 12 hours shifts and one weekend a month.

Ideally, 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 Karen Weir 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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Karen WEIR, telephone 01562 700227, email

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