Learning Disability and Mental Health Liaison Practitioner

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum
Closing date
4 Jun 2023
Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen to work closely with learning disability and mental health colleagues to improve outcomes for people with learning disabilities. The successful candidates will support and plan for individuals with complex needs requiring support from both learning disability and mental health services. While working with complex people at risk of admission or delayed discharge (Transforming Care) the post holder will also provide support and advice to improve access to universal services.

We are seeking to recruit a highly motivated enthusiastic and forward thinking practitioner. The post holder will have have opportunity to build upon their existing clinical experience in a supportive environment offering ongoing clinical and professional development. .

The post holder will work alongside individuals, their carers, support staff, Social Care, GMP, GMSST and other key stakeholders to ensure best person centred outcomes are achieved. The post holder will work autonomously and collaboratively within the skilled mixed integrated tea, completing highly specialist assessments whilst developing, implementing and reviewing specialist plans.

Main duties of the job

The Learning Disability and Mental Health Liaison Practitioner will provide a comprehensive service to people with a learning disability experiencing mental illness and having needs which require a collaborative MH/LD service response. The practitioner will work across both Pennine Care (PCFT) mental health and learning disability service areas to improve the outcome and experience of people accessing PCFT MH and/or LD services.
  • Work collaboratively across a range of disciplines to continuously promote a 'needs based' approach to all service
  • Promote an integrated approach to service
  • Develop meaningful engagement with individuals who are often referred to as 'difficult to engage' and their
  • Support local systems across the PCFT footprint proactively plan for people identified as at risk of admission (Transforming Care)
  • Support through training, consultation and advice improvements in the overall capacity of MH services to support people with learning disabilities and realise benefits from accessing those services wherever appropriate.
  • Promote both emotional and physical wellbeing for a designated caseload and as a area of improvement across all relevant service areas

About us

At Pennine Care you'll do more than join something - you'll be valued for who you are; you'll be making a difference and be part of something good and important.

Our colleagues are the beating heart and pride of our organisation. Everyone contributes towards our vision of a happier and more hopeful life for everyone in our communities.

Our strong valuesof kindness, fairness, ingenuity and determination guide us - they are fundamental to who we are, wherever we are.

Equality diversity and inclusionis at the top of our agenda.We believe that a diverse, inclusive and engaged culture is vital; that everyone's value should be recognised and respected.


We've got big ambitions for the future and a clear path to get there. You'll be supported to achieve and upskill, with opportunities to learn and progress.

We care for our colleagues and offer a range of health and wellbeing support; such as a dedicated wellbeing service, flexible working options for work-life balance, plus regular wellbeing sessions and courses.
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Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To carry a caseload and work with evidence based interventions to include: -
    • Assessment of need of the service user and carer
    • Formulation of care plan
    • Implementation of a plan of care for the service user in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team, referring agent, family/carer and service user, where appropriate.
    • Assessment and monitoring of risk
  • To monitor, review and evaluate treatment and care in accordance with appropriate clinical frameworks
  • To make timely referrals to appropriate services
  • To support the commissioning of an appropriate package of care in the community by liaising with relevant
  • To liaise with all agencies, and members of the multi-disciplinary team to ensure the needs of the service user are met and a culture of collaborative working is promoted.
  • Establish and maintain communication with individuals and groups on the caseload about difficult or complex matters, in such a way as to overcome any problems in communication.
  • To carry out clinic duties such as the Clozaril/ administration of depot injections either in the clients home or in the clinics. To manage medication and its administration within Trust Policy
  • To supervise Community Support Workers / Band 5s as appropriate to implement elements of the care
  • To maintain accurate, up to date records of all service users referred and receiving assessment, care treatment and support.
  • To offer an initial holistic assessment to those newly referred to the service, and signpost as appropriate.
  • Be able to offer a rapid response to service users immediate needs, including those arising from
  • To work in a therapeutically informed way within the multi-disciplinary team to address the needs of service users with complex emotional needs/
  • To maintain a persistent approach to engagement where there are complex mental health and learning

Person Specification



  • oRMN/ RNLD
  • Evidence of Post registration study


  • . oPreparation for Mentorship / MSLAP or equivalent
  • oQualification to degree level/equivalent experience



  • oExperience of working collaboratively with patients, families and other key stakeholder to improve outcomes
  • oExperience of working in a health care setting providing support to people Mental Health Ill-health/ Learning Disabilities



  • Mental Health legislation including the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act
  • Knowledge of working with a care framework (for example Care Program Approach) oMental Health legislation including the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act
  • Knowledge of approaches to delivering quality improvement initiatives.
  • Extensive knowledge of mental health and learning disability services and the context within which they are delivered



  • oAbility to value diversity and respond constructively to discriminatory behaviour
  • Ability to undertake the Care Co-ordinator role with complex service users
  • Ability to supervise and support Band 5's and others in meeting the needs of service users on their caseload
  • Ability to provide professional expertise in the care of mental health and learning disability service users
  • Ability to provide appropriate education and training to peers and assistants as appropriate.
  • Ability to communicate informally and develop supportive relationships with service users, carers and other professionals, including the third sector
  • Ability to prepare, record and complete relevant documents and reports to a professional standard (including MHRT reports).
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a multi- disciplinary team

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