Psychiatric Liaison Specialist Occupational Therapist

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
£34,212 to £41,197 a year per annum
Closing date
5 Jun 2023

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Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 6 occupational therapist vacancy in the psychiatric liaison team who are employed to support patients admitted to the District general Hospital who are experiencing poor mental health and/or substance issues.

We are looking for a highly competent autonomous practitioner, capable of developing and providing highly specialised Occupational Therapy interventions and assessments Experience of working with mental health is required. This will be a full time permanent position.

The role provides autonomous working within the specialist multi-disciplinary team of psychiatric liaison, which consists of adult, older adult and alcohol liaison nurses who cover all ranges of mental health.

The post holder will receive referrals from psychiatric liaison colleagues for patients within the district general hospital suffering with any form of poor mental health or substance issues.

The post holder will select and carry out functional and cognitive assessments to formulate care plans to support discharge and interventions to enhance the patients' independence and improve their quality of life.

The role is rewarding with the opportunity to be holistic and client centred.

It is necessary to have strong team working skills; you will be able to demonstrate the values that are important, communicating well with both colleagues and patients.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work as an autonomous practitioner following professional codes of conduct and ethics carrying a varied specialist caseload in a specialist area of practice which will include patients with complex needs.

Clinical activities can take place in a wide range of settings including hospital, clinic and community settings and patients own homes.

The post holder will supervise Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy support workers and students and in addition may provideguidance and support to support workers from another discipline.

The post holder will support the learning and development of others including colleagues and peers.

The post holder will contribute to service developments providing advice as a specialist within their department which can include attending meetings and participation in audit, service evaluation and researching evidence based practice. The post holder will support the delivery and development of an effective and evidence based Occupational Therapy service and will contribute to wider Mental Health and Occupational Therapy service developments. This post will be supported by the Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist. There are local and pan BCU Occupational Therapy clinical networks which the successful post holder will contribute to and provide opportunities for peer support.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

About us

If you relish a challenge, have a passion to help others or simply fancy a fresh start, then Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) North Wales, has all the right ingredients. The largest health organisation in Wales, providing a full range of primary, community, mental health, acute and elective hospital services for a population of around 700,000, across North Wales . Join our team and get the support you need, in line with our Organisational Values and 'Proud to Lead' competence framework.

Enjoy being part of working with engaged leadership at all levels, and be assured we are committed to promoting equality and diversity, and are proud to welcome applicants under the \Disability Confident Employer scheme.

Please check your email account regularly. Successful applicants will receive all recruitment related correspondence via the email account registered on the application form.

Applications may be submitted in Welsh. Applications submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application submitted in English.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac

Person Specification



  • Degree or equivalent in Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC Registration


  • Short courses at post graduate diploma level.



  • Significant post graduate experience with demonstrable experience in related clinical field which equips the post holder to be competent to carry a specialist caseload in specialist area.
  • Experience of contributing to service development and implementing service changes
  • Understanding of supervision and delegation principles.


  • Broad band 5 rotational experience.
  • Experience of managing patients with co-morbid physical and mental health conditions across all age groups.

Aptitude and Abilities


  • Evidence of working independently/ level of supervision relevant to experience.
  • Ability to articulate the role of Occupational Therapy to others including staff of different disciplines and patients and their carers.
  • Ability to implement the Occupational Therapy process Ability to speak Welsh Interview with patients. Ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with others.


  • Ability to speak Welsh



  • Ability to engage patients and their relatives and carers in identifying and agreeing treatment goals.
  • Commitment to contribute to service development task e.g. audit and evidence based practice and service evaluation to improve patient care.


  • Experience of delivering teaching

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