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Psychiatric Liaison Nurse

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 Per Annum
Closing date
29 Nov 2023
Psychiatric Liaison Nurse (PLN), Band 6 Permanent - Full Time - 37.5 hours per week (including night shifts)

Greenwich Mental Health Liaison Team

We seek to appoint an experienced, confident mental health nurse, interested in working with comorbidities, to join the Greenwich Mental Health Liaison Team. The team is settled, experienced and held in high esteem for carrying out bio-psycho-social assessments on people who present with mental health difficulties, referred from the Emergency Department and the medical wards. The team also deals with Sect 136 patients who are brought to the Emergency Dept. by the police. As an emergency assessment team, the focus is on mental state- and risk- assessment and management. The work is interesting and varied and the team is well supported by the acute psychiatric wards, Home Treatment teams and other community mental health teams. This is a busy team in a stressful environment, but the team members are very supportive of colleagues, and the team is also supported by two consultant psychiatrists and a peripatetic doctor. Good practice is encouraged by regular reflective team supervision, as well as individual supervision, and there are opportunities for personal and professional development and training.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be a qualified mental health nurse, registered with the NMC and with at least 2-yrs post-qualification relevant experience. Prior experience of work in a Home Treatment or other assessment team is highly recommended, as the post-holder will be expected to carry out independent assessments and formulate robust risk management plans. To be successful in this role the post-holder will need a good knowledge of both the MHA and the MCA. The job role further requires good communication and interface skills, good time-keeping and organisational skills, team work, and leadership qualities.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes. We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people. Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Psychiatric mental health liaisonrole is suitable for Registered Nurses who have successfully completed preceptorship and have registered as an approved NMC mentor.

The post holder will deliver, or advise on the delivery of, high quality safe nursing care, ensuring consistently high standards of practice and clinical excellence which comply with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) code of professional conduct.

You will promote and develop clinical leadership and clinical practice and be a positive role model to junior members of the team through the practice of evidence-based care. You will be expected to support professional development through clinical appraisal and supervision and contribute to the ongoing educational programme for staff, fostering a positive learning environment. Your professional and personal development will include further postgraduate study and you will be encouraged and supported by your line manager to undertake Masters programmes.

As a senior nurse working within the South London Mental Health and Community Partnership you are required to encourage and foster collaborative and cross organisational working.

Main Responsibilities:
  • Outstanding assessment and clinical skills as an independent clinician
  • In depth knowledge of mental health signs and symptoms and the frameworks that support mental health practice
  • Good communication skills and ability to easily engage with people
  • Team working and professional development
  • Leadership and Management skills

  • Person Specification

    Qualification & Registration


    • NMC Registration
    • 2-yr post-qualification mental health experience



    • Experience in a mental health assessment team


    • Experience in a liaison and/or HTT team

    Knowledge & Skill


    • Evidence of CPD / post-qualification training / education
    • Supportive statement mentions interest in liaison work / transferable skills
    • Good written and spoken English


    • Evidence of leadership / projects / service development

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust


    Oxleas House

    Stadium Road


    SE18 4QH

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    277- 5747998-AAC

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