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Mental Health Liaison Clinician

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata for part time
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Are you looking to join a PLAN accredited network service, providing 24 hour response to our Acute Accident and Emergency departments in Worcestershire? Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care Trust have received permanent investment to expand our mental health liaison service to operate a Core 24 service within the urgent care pathway. We are looking for Band 6 Mental Health Professionals to become part of our established, well respected, dynamic and diverse team. Are you an enthusiastic, flexible, team player with a natural empathy for people who experience mental health problems who has the ability to work autonomously whilst contributing to the team as a whole? If you enjoy the challenge and stimulus of working under pressure in a quick changing environment this maybe the role for you. We operate 24 hours per day, 365 days a year. Practitioners are expected to work a shift pattern that includes nights. Part-time hours are available.

Main duties of the job

The team will provide comprehensive assessment, advice, ongoing support & monitoring of patients with mental health needs across all wards. We provide psychological support to patients and carers referred to our services in conjunction with ongoing physical health needs, ensuring holistic care throughout the patients stay in hospital. Band 6 clinicians, work as enthusiastic team members across the Acute hospitals, assessing patients in an autonomous, systematic way, developing and reviewing treatment plans, advising and supporting Acute staff and referring patients on through established referral pathways. Clinicians also contribute to the development of training packages & to deliver bespoke training to Acute Trust staff. We provide guidance, support and education to frontline NHS staff. This is an opportunity to be part of a developing team which will be researched based in design according to the need of the Acute inpatient population.

About us

We are community hospitals, neighbourhood teams and community health services across Worcestershire and the provider of Mental Health and Learning Disability services across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire. We work in partnership with other organisations to keep our community well at home for as long as possible.

We provide services for people of all ages, across a range of settings, experiencing both physical and/or mental health conditions.

We have an open and supportive culture, recognised by the CQC and other external regulators. We want you to thrive, offering you every opportunity to develop. We will support you; help you fulfil your ambitions with a varied and flexible training programme; and empower you to make positive changes within your team or service. We endeavour to offer an attractive work-life balance, with flexibility in our approach to help you get the most out of your career.

We provide our staff with direct access to a wealth of resources to support their wellbeing, from our Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub, to wellbeing festivals or access to free online exercise classes.

At the core of our values, we are committed to equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights. We take every opportunity to strengthen our approach to equality and diversity in delivering best patient care and the employment of our staff.

We would encourage you to visit the Trusts Recruitment Microsite, click the Employer Website link.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Maintain high standards of patients care, ensuring patients individuality and dignity is maintained at all times, while promoting independence. Assessing and supporting individuals of any age including children and young people, working age and older adults presenting with mental health concerns. Completing, accurately documenting and appropriately sharing complex psychosocial assessments, including mental state examination, risk assessment and crisis interventions. Liaising with carers, families and professionals.

Able to actively and creatively engage patients and carers, providing psychological interventions and signposting onward referrals for individuals ensuring holistic care in conjunction with ongoing physical health needs.

Work closely with care coordinators, social workers and all primary health care team members and all others concerned to facilitate safe discharge or transfer of patient care.

Act as a role model to colleagues, always seeking to maintain the highest standards of professionalism. Use initiative and take responsibility for themselves and the quality of your work and the service you provide to patients, carers and families.

In partnership with patients, carers and other agencies (both NHS and voluntary) create effective, dynamic and robust risk management and crisis plans tailored to individual need, following full pyscho-social assessments.

Offer education and information to patients and carers as appropriate in regards to mental health issues and illness, encouraging empowerment, independence and informed decision making.

For full details of the duties and criteria for the role please refer to the job description and person specification attached.

Person Specification

Skills & Abilities


  • Ability to challenge poor behaviour and provide positive role modelling for good behaviour
  • Able to work flexibly within the framework of liaison services. Able to organise self and workload.


  • Willingness to train in a variety of areas and new initiatives
  • Advanced assessment skills
  • Teaching skills

Additional Criteria


  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the role.
  • Up to date mandatory training.
  • Reliable.



  • Good working knowledge of mental Health Act legislation and Mental Capacity Act 2005.
  • Clinical Governance, Risk Assessment and Adult/Child Protection Legislation and NSFs.


  • National and local health and social care strategies



  • Registered Mental Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social Worker
  • A relevant degree or diploma
  • Appropriate additional post-registration / graduation qualifications
  • Evidence of on-going continuing professional development


  • RGN



  • At least 2 years post qualification experience in an appropriate mental health setting
  • Working within and utilising a supervisory framework
  • Undertaking regular multi-disciplinary assessments
  • Undertaking mental state and self-harm assessments
  • Assessing and managing risk
  • Working within the Care Coordination framework
  • Supervision of junior staff and students


  • Experience of assessing people who deliberately self-harm and those diagnosed with personality disorder.
  • Experience of working in a liaison or crisis and home treatment service.

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