Senior Mental Health Liaison Practitioner - Band 6

Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
4 Jun 2023
My name is Jim Welch. I am the Lead Nurse for Mental Health Liaison Services at Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust and I am looking for a Band 6 (Registered Professional) Mental Health Practitioner to join my team.

As the successful applicant you will join our dedicated 24/7 team (1900-0700) based in Gloucester A&E Department. You will participate in the provision of a responsive, needs-led mental health assessment and short-term intervention service to people presenting to the General Hospital experiencing mental distress, mental illness and/or self harm.

I will work with you to ensure that we support your professional and developmental needs, this includes a personalised induction to ensure that you are fully prepared and supported in delivering this service. I can also offer you the opportunity to join the Leeds University Fresh Start study and train as a CBT or ACT self-harm therapist.

Our aim is to work closely with our Acute Hospital colleagues to deliver a pro-active, patient focussed service that delivers the right care at the right time and our co-streaming innovation ensures that patients don't have to wait for their mental health care.

If you have excellent interpersonal skills, the desire to deliver high quality care and you want to develop as a professional then I want to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

  • Offer an assessment service to patients presenting at the emergency departments with a broad range of mental health and psychological problems, and psychiatric illnesses
  • Providing a mental health consultation, liaison and advice service throughout the departments
  • Delivering a range of evidence based psychosocial interventions to individual patients who have predominantly self-harmed
  • Assisting and supporting general hospital colleagues in making decisions about treatment and care in complex situations
  • Providing formal and informal education and clinical supervision to registered and unregistered staff
  • Representing mental health services within the Hospitals Trust.
  • Providing a communication structure between secondary mental health services, primary care and non-statutory services, as a means of ensuring the highest possible standards of patient care

About us

At Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, we are supportive of the people we care for in the community and aim to provide a fully responsive service to everyone who needs it. This is the same approach we take for our employees. We look to value the skills and experiences of those we work with, whether they are service users, carers, families or those looking to work with us.

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust is part of the NHS. We treat NHS patients according to NHS principles and standards. The difference is the Trust is accountable to local people, rather than to Government, and so we are able to work closely with our community to develop services in the way that best suits the needs of local people.

Our Staff Survey results showed people at our Trust feel they are engaged, part of a team and work for a compassionate and inclusive organisation.

Our overall scores were better than average in eight of nine themes and level in one - the best overall results for a community, mental health and learning disabilities Trust in the south west and first equal amongst all sector NHS providers within the region too.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.

Please refer to the Additional Information attachment before submitting your application.

Person Specification

Clinical Experience


  • Professional Health or Care Qualification (MHSW, SROT, RMHN, RNLD)
  • oDemonstrate clinical expertise in undertaking Self Harm assessments of adults and young people and/or adults oDemonstrate extensive experience of providing consultation/ training and advice to partner agencies
  • oProven knowledge and experience of providing effective therapeutic evidence based interventions for individuals following episodes of self -harm
  • oComprehensive knowledge of the MHA and Mental Capacity Act


  • oRecognised qualification in a specific model of therapy e.g. family therapy, CBT etc.
  • oSignificant proven post qualifying experience of working with adults and young people who may present with both physical and mental health needs.
  • oExperience of working in a general hospital setting



  • Demonstrate experience in developing/providing and evaluating professional development and education to a diverse workforce
  • Demonstrate experience in working and supporting colleagues through the processes of change
  • Demonstrate experience in the mentorship of students


  • oAbility to participate in service development processes at a strategic level
  • Demonstrate experience and ability in the use of IT systems (including EPR)

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