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Forensic Nurse Specialist/Forensic Social worker Specialist

NHS AfC: Band 7

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Forensic Nurse
NHS AfC: Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Fixated Threat Assessment Centre
£47,154 - £52,936 inclusive of Inner London HCAS rate
Salary period
06/12/2021 23:59
Interview date
Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH) provides healthcare services locally, regionally and nationally. We serve a population of 1.2 million, employ more than 3,300 staff, and operate from over 20 main sites in the community. As a multiple award winning Trust we provide mental health services for young people, adults and older people, and have a full range of child and adult community health services in Enfield. Our North London Forensic Service treats and cares for people in the criminal justice system who have mental health conditions. We also provide one of the largest eating disorders services in England, as well as drug and alcohol services, and mental health liaison services at Barnet Hospital and the North Middlesex University Hospital.

Job overview

The North London Forensic Service (NLFS) provides inpatient services to North Central London of both medium and low secure forensic care, including services for women and men with learning disabilities. NLFS provides a range of community services including a low secure unit, assertive outreach teams, and criminal justice services including prisons. NLFS has several specialist units working with the Metropolitan Police Service and the British Transport Police Service.

The Fixated Threat Assessment Centre was developed to effectively evaluate and manage the liaison diversion and of those persons who engage in inappropriate and threatening communications or behaviours towards prominent people, which may arise in the context of mental illness. The service is multiagency and the post holder will work closely with Metropolitan Police colleagues and other agencies.

Applications are invited to apply for the post of Forensic Nurse Specialist/Forensic Social Work Specialist. This is an exciting and challenging role for someone who enjoys working as part of a team and has first-rate communication and risk assessment skills, is motivated, diplomatic and confident in their clinical decision making.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will demonstrate the relevant forensic experience from a variety of settings. Partnership working is key to the role; therefore, a familiarity with multidisciplinary/multi-agency working is essential. Knowledge and understanding of the forensic pathways is crucial as you will be liaising with external services, including GPs, police and community services nationally.

If you want to be part of this exciting, specialist national team and think you have what it takes, this could be the job for you.

It is expected that the interview date will be the week of 13th Dec 2021

Working for our organisation

BEHMHT is a multiple award-winning, combined mental health (MH) and community Trust providing local, regional and national healthcare services. We are one of the largest employers in North London with over 3000 staff delivering a range of mental health and community services to a population of over one million. In Enfield, we provide a full range of child and adult community health services, which over the last few years has been integrating with its mental health services to provide better and more holistic care.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please kindly refer to the job description and person specification that is attached to the vacancy profile.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • NMC/HCPC professional registration
  • RMN/Social worker
Desirable criteria
  • First degree other postgraduate qualifications (must state which field)


Essential criteria
  • Knowledge and experience in dealing with GP services
  • Excellent understanding of mental health pathways
  • Demonstrate relevant knowledge gained in previous employment or elsewhere (community mental health, forensics units)
  • Excellent risk assessment and management skills
Desirable criteria
  • Experience working in prison, police liaison, court diversion
  • Line management responsibilities
  • Experience teaching and training others
  • Experience in undertaking presentations to external services


Essential criteria
  • Proficient in using IT
  • Ability to learn and manage different computer systems
  • Able to travel at short notice
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal
Desirable criteria
  • Experience in working in a multi-agency/joint partnership agency


Essential criteria
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to make clinical decisions autonomously
  • Positive attitude
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to sensitive information


Essential criteria
  • Ability to travel at short notice
  • A level of physical fitness that may require a rapid response to situations that may arise
  • Commitment to equal opportunities
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Lucia Carter-Wilson
Job title
Team Lead
Email address
Telephone number
0208 721 5262
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