MAP Liaison Specialist & Key Clinician

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 per annum pro rata inclusive of Outer London HCAS
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
This is an exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of mental health care for people with complex mood and/or personality disorder traits.

You will be an integral part of a supportive, reflective, and creative MDT and actively encouraged to develop their own clinical areas of interest.

We warmly welcome applications from clinicians from a variety of professional background including nursing, occupational therapy, or social work and really value the unique perspective each of these backgrounds offers.

We would be happy to discuss creating a bespoke role that allows some flexibility for continuing to be connected to your core profession. We can help you access supervision from a senior clinician from the same professional background and look to you having protected time for CPD and development opportunities and for carrying out core tasks related to your profession. We have strong links with senior leaders of a variety of professions, the community OT team, and Haringey Council and would be happy to discuss how these links could be embedded in your role.

The MAP Pathway is an innovative, leading service in the treatment of complex anxiety and depression (with underlying Cluster C PD traits). We focus on helping our service users to increase functioning and meaningful activity. Understanding the social needs of our patients is essential to our work and you will take a lead on integrating this into the treatment offered by the pathway.

Main duties of the job

As the Liaison Specialist, you will be the key link between the MAP Pathway, and Acute Services (CRHTT and the wards). It will involve assessment, treatment planning, short-term interventions for patients who present with significant complexity and risk, often requiring urgent intervention. You will be closely supported in this role by the MAP Deputy Lead who will oversee the Liaison work. Alongside this, you will also hold a small caseload of longer-term service users and offer psychologically informed social support, care coordination. There will also be opportunities to run therapeutic groups if you are interested in this.

About us

The partnership between Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH) and Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C& I) is going from strength to strength since it was originally established in 2021 forming the North London Mental Partnership.

Why choose to join the Partnership?
  • We believe that by working together, our two Trusts can achieve more for the residents of North Central London and our patients than we can by working apart.
  • Deliver the best care using the most up-to-date practise in supporting those with mental health illnesses.
  • Transforming and creating a positive environment for our service users, staff and visitors.
  • Creating and working together to become a great place to work for all our staff.
  • We offer flexible working, a wide range of health and wellbeing initiatives, NHS Pension and so much more.
  • Generous Annual Leave Allowance
  • NHS Discounts in a large variety of retail stores and services.
  • We have excellent internal staff network support groups.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Liaising with other professionals to support continuity of care for MAP patients across the service and wider system as needed.
  • Maintaining a clinical role within the treatment team as key clinician for a small caseload of patients. This will involve formulating and implementing appropriate treatment plans within the clinical model of the service. These will be psychologically informed to ensure high quality, holistic care for patients.
  • Working autonomously, within professional guidelines, and the overall framework of the teams policies and procedures.
  • Establish and maintain contact with patients support networks, both professional and non-professional
  • Most clinical contacts will be face-to-face at St Anns. A limited number of home visits will be required where clinically indicated
  • Weigh up, evaluate, and make autonomous clinical decisions based on formulation, history, and risk assessment
  • Joint working with other members of the MAP Pathway plus other Trust services
  • Facilitate therapeutic groups
  • Attend ward CPAs, and discharge meetings where necessary
  • Attend liaison meetings with CRHTT
  • Screening and triaging referrals from CRHTT and the wards
  • Assessing accepted referrals and leading decision-making about suitability of the MAP Pathway and/or treatment planning for urgent referrals
  • Holding a caseload of high risk, complex clients alongside a small caseload of non-urgent cases
  • Offering clinical leadership in the MAP Pathway
  • Conducting comprehensive, dynamic risk assessments and safety plans
  • Working autonomously (within service and professional guidelines) to respond quickly and thoughtfully to urgent referrals that are made to the MAP Pathway
  • Supervision of junior staff
  • Supervision of nursing, social work, OT, psychology students and trainees as necessary
  • Offering training sessions to the MAP Pathway and other teams regarding areas of specialist knowledge.
  • Offering informal supervision and consultation on risk and urgent clinical issues to all MAP staff

Person Specification

Qualifications/ Registrations


  • Core health professional qualification (nursing, social work, art therapy, occupational therapy, psychology) and registration with the appropriate professional body (NMC, HCPC etc).

Skills/ Abilities


  • An ability to formulate and provide intervention within a recognised model of care.
  • Skills in assessment, intervention and management, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.


  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised interventions in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g., dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc).
  • Ability to develop flexible and innovative treatment approaches to suit client group.

Experience/ Knowledge


  • Experience of navigating complex social care issues with a range of stakeholders
  • Experience and, specialist knowledge of clinical issues relating to patients with mood and/or personality disorders.
  • Demonstrable experience at Band 6 or equivalent
  • Knowledge of the current social care, and third sector contexts as it relates to the patient group


  • Experience of service development
  • Experience of delivering training to different disciplines and professions.
  • Experience of offering supervision to junior colleagues

Personal Qualities


  • A willingness to working in a reflective way, including reflecting on your personal contribution to interpersonal dynamics with both colleagues and patients
  • Passion and Enthusiasm for working with people with complex mood, and personality disorders

Other Requirements


  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour


  • Personal experience of mental health problems.

Employer details

Employer name

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust


St Ann's Hosptial

St Ann's Road


N15 3TH

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