Psychiatric Liaison Clinical Lead

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
6 Jun 2023

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We are looking for two dynamic Clinical Leads, to join our Liaison Psychiatry service in Yeovil.

If you have a 'can do' attitude and want to be part of a thriving PLAN accredited service, this could be the job for you!

We are looking for highly motivated Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social Worker, looking to join a dynamic Psychiatric Liaison Team we have a fantastic opportunity for you.

Main duties of the job

Liaison Psychiatry Services address the mental health needs of people being treated for their physical health needs within the general hospital.

The prevalence of mental illness among people with physical health conditions is two to three times higher than in the rest of the population. Prevalence is particularly high in the hospital setting, where around half of all inpatients suffer from a mental health condition such as depression, dementia or delirium.

The purpose of our Somerset Foundation Trust Psychiatric Liaison Service, is to provide assessment, liaison, treatment and advice. Ensuring that mental health and physical health are treated with equal parity, therefore improving health outcomes and experience.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description

Job responsibilities

To demonstrate clinical expertise via interventions, supervision and modelling good practice.
  • To ensure that the team comply with the agreed timescales for the service in relation to the assessments of service users and report any breaches to the OSM.
  • To work with the team and support the OSM in developing Clinical Pathways and Liaison Protocols including those relating to dementia, substance misuse, self-harm and functional illness.
  • To promote collaborative and multidisciplinary team working
  • They will demonstrate a lead role in the maintenance of a learning environment receiving and assisting with the delivery of training to colleagues within the Acute Trust.
  • To complete assessment of mental health needs for people referred to the team. These will include people presenting with both functional and organic problems.
  • To lead on complex assessments that may be referred to the Liaison Service.
  • To support more junior staff members in developing and enhancing clinical skill through role modelling.
  • Act as lead clinicians with a specialised area with the acute hospital enhancing collaborative working.

Person Specification



  • Relevant Professional Qualification (RMN/SW/OT).


  • To hold an advanced professional/clinical qualification (e.g. AMHP, CBT, DBT, NMP)
  • Leadership training



  • Specialist knowledge and clinical expertise in working within acute mental health and assessment.
  • Minimum 2 years' experience at band 6 or above.
  • Experience of supervising and managing staff


  • Experience in working within Liaison Psychiatry

Skills and Abilities


  • Experience of undertaking complaint or incident investigations
  • Evidence of a good standard of literacy/English language skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively across a variety of settings and service boundaries

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Yeovil District Hospital, Convamore

Higher Kingston


BA21 4AT

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