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Liaison Psychiatry Manager

Livewell Southwest CIC
£41,659 to £47,672 a year pa, pro-rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
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Job summary

37.5 hours per week. An exciting opportunity has arisen to recruit a Band 7 Liaison Psychiatry Team Manager to join our expanding Liaison Psychiatry Service at Livewell SouthWest. The team is based in Derriford Hospital (University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust) and provides a service to the 18+ age group.

We would welcome applications from experienced Mental Health Professionals including Nurses, OTs, Physiotherapists and Social Workers who have an extensive history in mental health settings, particularly those of a crisis nature. The successful candidate will be highly motivated and willing to effect change in this fast-paced environment and developing team. You will be familiar with working in a challenging environment and possess the ability to balance different pressures. Evidence of transferable skills is essential.

Liaison Psychiatry provides specialist assessment and advises around management of people in the acute hospital who are experiencing co-existing physical and mental health difficulties or attend in mental health crisis.

The multi-disciplinary team several Consultant Psychiatrist posts, Band 5 & 6 Mental Health Practitioners, a Mental Health support-worker, Nurse Associates, various students regularly and Medical Secretaries/Administrators.

This role is full-time, working hours would normally be 0830-1630 Mon-Fri however, flexibility will sometimes be required.

Informal visits can be arranged by contacting Simon Gardiner on 01752 437499.

Main duties of the job

  • The Liaison Psychiatry Team Manager will ensure that the team provides high quality mental health services to eligible patients through a multi-disciplinary team of registered professionals and medical staffing in liaison with colleagues from the Acute hospital trust. The manager will ensure that services are provided within National, Local and practice guidelines so that:
  • Quality of life for the people most in need is maintained and improved.
  • All services are provided effectively and efficiently within current national direction and relevant legislation, to include the protection of vulnerable Adults and Children.
  • The post holder will have a deep appreciation of the need to promote the service within a different provider environment, diplomacy and confidence will be key personal characteristics
  • The team manager will support the team and practice lead in making emergency judgements and clinical decision.
  • Ensure Team Attendance in meetings, e.g. Child Protection, AdultProtection, Mental Health Review Tribunals, CPA reviews.
  • Ensure team attendance and participation in various forums/steering groups within Adult Mental Health and the wider health community e.g. South West Regional Crisis Forum. Be a part of the Acute Care Pathway.
  • Maintain accurate, timely paper and electronic records. Ensure they are kept safely in accordance with Organisation policies, including the Data Protection Act and the Organisation Confidentiality Policy.

About us

Livewell Southwest is an independent, award-winning social enterprise providing integrated health & social care services for people across Plymouth, South Hams & West Devon, as well as some specialist services for people living in parts of Devon & Cornwall. With teams in community hospitals, GP practices, sports centres, health & wellbeing hubs.

As an organisation with a strong social conscience, we always value being kind, respectful, inclusive, ambitious, responsible and collaborative. Transforming services to make them sustainable, ensuring that we value, support & empower each other.

We are committed to involving the people we care for, families & carers in everything that we do, working towards co-production where we can. Helping us to deliver the right care for people, in the right place & at the right time. By putting people at the centre of what we do, we ensure to support people to lead, healthy independent lives & be the very best at helping people to live well.

Valuing our employees making an investment in their development a priority. We offer:

Protected CPD time for registered staff

Various development pathways and ongoing regular training packages for all staff

Leadership & mentoring programmes

Access & funding for training including Care Certificate, Assistant Practitioners Course & Scholarship Into Nurse Training

A Robust Preceptorship

A bespoke induction programme

Existing members of the NHS Pension Scheme can continue their membership when they join the organisation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Liaison Psychiatry service offers mental health expertise and assessment to patients presenting to services at Derriford Hospital this service receives referrals from the whole of the patient population that is covered by the Derriford hospital.

The Liaison Psychiatry Team Manager will be expected to manage a team of staff that carry a significant amount of risk in both the decisions they make and the patients they care for. Therefore, there is an expectation that this post holder will have a significant amount of experience in both managing a team and in risk management also. The team is led by a Band 8a Service Lead and the post holder is supported by two Band 7 Practice Leads. There are Band 6 and Band 5 Mental Health Practitioners and a Band 3 Support worker within the team. The team work alongside medical colleagues in delivering this key service. There are also administrators and medical secretaries who support the overall function of the team.

The service is integrated to cover the needs of those with a functional mental illness and for those with complex care/older person related needs. The main day to day expectation of this role is to manage a team of professionals responsible for the care of complex patient group with the support of a multi-disciplinary team.

There is an expectation that the Liaison Psychiatry Team Manager will be responsible for the management of the service, ensuring that there is sufficient cover over a 24 hour period, that patient care remains a priority and that all relevant Liaison psychiatry targets are met. The Team manager will be required to be a pivotal point of contact within the service and for University Hospitals Trust. The Team manager will be required to provide support to team clinicians with regard to referrals/on-going pieces of work that the Liaison Psychiatry are involved with. The post holder is directly accountable at all times for all activity within the team.

The Liaison Psychiatry Team Manager will be required to support the Service Lead to ensure that commissioned aspects of the liaison service are delivered and that there is equity of access.

The Liaison Psychiatry Team Manager will be responsible for ensuring any additional requirements for the team is actioned e.g. CQUINs, Winter pressures actions/short term pilots etc.

The Liaison Psychiatry Team Manager will be heavily involved in promoting quality improvement within the team

The Liaison Psychiatry Team Manager may be required to be part of an on-call mental health managers rota

Person Specification



  • Registered Health/Social care Professional OR Degree level experienced Manager within a Health or Social care environment
  • Post graduate diploma / degree level study related to health/social care or equivalent worked experience relevant to the role
  • Recognised Management qualification/course e.g. ILM course or leadership, management modules, core management study days, in house courses (HR, budgets, appraisals, staff performance, sickness) OR significant management experience that is relevant to the role


  • Masters module courses related to Management/Leadership skills
  • Masters module in relation to care areas related to Liaison psychiatry
  • Non Medical Prescriber
  • Able to travel across Plymouth, local areas and the Derriford Footprint when necessary.
  • Teaching/Assessing course such as mentorship module or equivalent



  • At least 4 years experience in a senior role with experience of managing a team of staff.
  • Multi-disciplinary team working.
  • Evidence of transferable clinical, risk management and/or managerial skills at a senior level


  • Budget management experience.
  • Senior management experience
  • Experience of managing a high level of risk.
  • Performance management
  • To have experience at senior level of both acute and inpatient and community teams.
  • To have worked within an acute inpatient setting.
  • Previous deputy team manager experience.
  • Extensive Clinical experience in acute Mental Health care, crisis management and positive risk taking.



  • Extensive professional knowledge acquired through clinical practice in Acute Mental Health care/Complex Care and underpinned by training at degree level/diploma level specialist training or equivalent experience OR Extensive professional knowledge of the Health and social care agenda with clear transferable skills to an acute/urgent care environment.
  • Evidence based practice.
  • Good knowledge of current NHS and Social Care Policy.
  • Evidence of CPD.
  • Understand the Principles of Governance, particularly in relations to their Service area.


  • To be fully aware of and cascade current changes relating to Government Legislation (i.e. Transforming Community Services).
  • Knowledge and implementation of Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Mental Health Act 1983.



  • Leadership and Operational Management skills
  • Skills in Managing Teams
  • Change management skills
  • Motivation skills
  • Supervision & Appraisal skills
  • Facilitation and influencing skills
  • Good time management
  • Demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Must have self confidence to challenge traditional practice and the persistence to address difficult enduring issues
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Competent IT skills and knowledge of databases
  • Evidence of ability to manage complex clinical situations within a defined caseload


  • Accomplished Chair Person for meetings
  • Able to use Organisational IT systems

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