Senior Practitioner for Older Adults

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum
Closing date
6 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Practitioner for Later Life to join the Mental Health Liaison Team in South Manchester joining a service at both Wythenshawe and Trafford Hospitals . You will play a crucial role in the clinical leadership of the team and support staff to provide a high quality service to service users and carers. We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic practitioner who has a real passion for older adults and who promotes the highest standards of care in their practice

The South Liaison Team provides an all-age mental health service to an Acute Hospital Trust older adults including functional and organic presentations as well as providing specialist assessments to guide acute trust colleagues on the most appropriate onwards placements for patients being discharged from hosital who cannot return to their home address.

You will be expected to support other practitioners within the service in development of their skills by offering highly developed risk assessments and management plans for Older Adults.

Leading with a positive and helpful attitude is essential for the team, so you will be an excellent communicator and demonstrate the ability to motivate the team to deliver high quality and responsive care.

The successful applicants will be able to demonstrate both their clinical abilities and leadership qualities, whilst promoting high quality Urgent Care services for older people in the general hospital.

Main duties of the job

To be responsible for the day to day clinical leadership and development of a later life pathway which is integrated, flexible, user-focussed and recovery-orientated.

To deliver a safe, effective, and high quality service to service users with mental health needs, to ensure delivery to the relevant clinical pathways, as outlined within the MHLS operational procedure.

To support and develop later life pathways for patients under the care of Liaison in the General Hospital.

To provide training and supervision to the Liaison practitioners regarding onward placement assessments and decisions.

Participation as a member of the Urgent Care Team in the overall leadership of mental health liaison services.

Participate in the service bronze on call and bronze on site rota as required.

About us

Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) Foundation Trust employs over6,400members of staff, who deliver services from more than160locations.

We provide inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bolton, the city of Manchester, Salford,Trafford and the borough of Wigan, and a wide range of specialist mental health and substance misuse services across Greater Manchester, the north west of England and beyond.

Greater Manchester is one of the world's most innovative, original and exciting places to live and work. From the beauty of the surrounding countryside to the heart of the vibrant inner city with great shopping, entertainment and dining options.

Wherever you go you will experience a great northern welcome with people famed for their warmth, humour and generosity.

Our people enjoy their work, have opportunities to learn and develop their skills and are encouraged to generate new ideas that improve care for our service users.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job description and person specification for full details.

Staff benefits

Pay Enhancements 30% additional for Evenings (8pm onwards) and Saturdays and 60% additional for Sundays and Bank holidays.

27 days annual leave plus bank holidays rising to 29 after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years

Excellent pension

Cycle to work scheme

Salary sacrifice car scheme

Wellbeing programme

Blue Light Card Discounts

Person Specification



  • Registered Mental Nurse compliant with requirements for NMC registration/Registered


  • Professional Degree or Equivalent
  • Non-Medical Prescribing or willing to complete this training

Experience in Management


  • Have experience of working within Later Life Services
  • Have a varied range of experience which may include dementia care, acute care, supporting people who self-harm and misuse substances
  • Be able to liaise effectively and communicate complex information to a range of other disciplines, agencies and carers.
  • Possess a working experience of using a range of assessment tools for a range of mental health conditions including dementia care, acute care, supporting people who self-harm and misuse substances
  • Have experience in participating in a range of professionals meetings including Best Interest Meetings.
  • Have experience of participating in audit and an understanding of implementing Action plans relating to the outcome of audits.
  • Be able to Offer advice and consultation to members of the multi-disciplinary team based on solid clinical experience of Community Mental Health Nursing
  • Be competent in developing and implementing training packages relating to mental health.
  • Be able to evidence continuous professional development.


  • Have experience of working with older people with functional or cognitive impairment in either a community or inpatient setting.
  • Have experience in identifying and managing delirium.
  • Have experience supporting people who misuse alcohol or drugs.
  • Have experience of working across both inpatient and community settings.
  • To have had experience as the lead contact with the providers of Nursing Training for nursing students on clinical placements within the relevant teams and an understanding of the minimum requirements for promoting robust clinical placements.

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

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHSFT


Wythenshawe and Trafford Hospitals

Southmoor Road


M23 9LT

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