Sussex Liaison and Diversion (SL&D) are seeking to recruit a dynamic, qualified and registered health, social care, or justice professional with significant mental health experience to work in our Police Custody team (experienced nurse (esp. RMN, LD), occupational therapist, social worker, Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP), etc.).

Operating across Sussex and Brighton & Hove, SL&D provides high quality mental health and vulnerability screening and assessment to people of all ages who have become involved in the criminal justice system.

Based mainly at Crawley Police Station but able to work flexibly across Sussex’s police custody suites, courts, probation offices, and other locations you will be part of a growing team of frontline staff. You will ideally have knowledge of both the criminal justice and mental health systems, and experience of working with people who are at risk of poor health and social care outcomes. Using your excellent triage and case prioritisation skills, you will be responsible for coordinating your own assessment work, as well as work undertaken by Support Worker staff who you will supervise and work alongside on a day-to-day basis.

You will focus on providing detailed mental health and vulnerabilities assessments of complex and higher risk cases arriving at the custody suite or in other justice locations. You will have meticulous attention to detail in gathering and recording health, social circumstances, and risk information, sometimes under time pressures. You will be able to develop clear risk management plans to ensure a safe pathway for the vulnerable people you assess as they leave police custody, whether they are remanded to a court or prison, or are returning to a potentially complex situation in the community.

Your written assessments and verbal feedback will inform police and court decision making, and will support the early identification of need in order to successfully refer vulnerable people into appropriate health and social care services. Onward plans for the service users you asses will cover a wide range of activity: from routine voluntary sector or primary care referrals through to serious safeguarding alerts, and detention under forensic section. You will therefore develop and maintain links with locality AMHP teams, safeguarding hubs, Probation and YOT teams, and voluntary sector agencies (amongst others). You will also develop relationships and maintain referral pathways to community, crisis, and acute mental health services, including forensic mental health services.

You will maintain positive working relationships with police custody staff in your main location, but will be able to robustly articulate your professional and clinical judgement when challenged, escalating any risk or difficulty appropriately and promptly within the team. You may from time to time give verbal evidence in court if required.

You will report to, and be supported by, an experienced Clinical Nurse Specialist but will operate with substantial autonomy once your induction has been completed. You will meticulously collect outcomes data as required by NHSE/I and by the Trust.

This role requires you to respond dynamically to support your SL&D team colleagues in other locations using both remote working methods and attending in person as required. You will therefore need to be able to travel promptly between locations during the working day, including locations in East or West Sussex, or Brighton/Hove as necessary.

Pay Band: AFC B6 (supplements for out of hours/weekend work, and travel expenses are paid according to AFC)

SL&D’s operational hours are 7 days per week, 8am-8pm. This position involves working shifts from 8am to 8pm on a fixed two-week rolling pattern (avg 37.5 hrs per week).

This role requires both enhanced DBS clearance and Sussex Police clearances (NPPV level 2) prior to an employment offer.

If you would like to discuss the post further please contact the team’s Clinical Nurse Specialists Michelle Hall (07836 230 236 [email protected]) or Dylan Wright (07900 135938 [email protected]). Interviews will be conducted using Skype.




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Name: Michelle Hall Job Title: Clinical Nurse Specialist Email Address: [email protected] Telephone Number: 07836 230 236 Additional Contact Information

If you would like to discuss the post further please contact the team’s Clinical Nurse Specialists Michelle Hall (07836 230 236 [email protected]) or Dylan Wright (07900 135938 [email protected]). Interviews will be conducted using Skype.