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Mental Health Liaison Nurse

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 £35392 - £42618 per annum/pro rata
Closing date
26 Nov 2023
To provide specialist assessment to people of all age groups with the service who may, because of complex physical and mental health needs, be at risk of losing their independence.

To provide advice and support to all staff in the multi-disciplinary teams and to GPs and medical staff.

To identify patients that are referred to the service who are cognitively impaired but do not have a mental health diagnosis and refer to GPs for early diagnosis.

To identify training needs and set up training to meet those needs. To link with the Sussex Partnership Trust (SPT) to support the development of care pathways between the services. SPT will provide clinical supervision working in partnership with management in community nursing.

Main duties of the job

To receive and respond to referrals from the community and community beds.

To be responsible for assessing mental health needs.

To undertake risk assessments and devise risk management plans to minimise identified risks.

To actively contribute and support care plans to meet mental health needs.

To identify services to support the individual on a long-term basis and actively ensure a seamless transfer of care to mental health services.

To liaise with social workers and other professionals to plan any longer term needs on discharge from the service.

To provide advice to GPs on management, treatment and medication.

To be part of the multi-disciplinary team and liaise with all professionals across the service.

About us

Positive 2021 NHS Staff Survey results

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) rates our quality of services as good with outstanding features

Stunning locations in Sussex, surrounded by the South Downs and the coast

A great working environment in the community, in patients' homes and our community hospitals

Excellent training and development opportunities

Real Living Wage Employer, with great rates of pay

Flexible working options, including job sharing, annualised hours, career breaks, parental leave and adoption leave

Supportive team environments

Cost-effective and convenient workplace nurseries

Thriving BAME, Disability and Wellbeing, LGBT+ and Religion and Belief staff networks

Accredited Level 3 Disability Confident Leader, committed to creating inclusive workplaces

Job description

Job responsibilities

To formulate clear links with SPFT and other mental health liaison nurses

To ensure all records (both written and electronic) are clear, concise and up to date

To work in accordance with the single assessment process and ensure any specialist assessment is patient centered

To involve care users as much as possible in the care planning process

To manage the caseload effectively, working to clinical priorities

o have up to date knowledge of local resources for the care and support of people with mental health needs

To be aware and implement the Safeguarding Adults alerts and procedures as necessary

To ensure own clinical practice is of a professional standard and is evidence based

To adhere to the Nursing and Midwifery Council Code of Professional Practice

To maintain post registration experience in practice portfolio

To develop and maintain knowledge of clinical developments

To participate in clinical audit, standard setting and research as appropriate

To contribute to the development of the service, as part of an integrated multi-disciplinary team

To take responsibility for own professional development and self-development through appraisal and personal development planning as part of the supervision process provided jointly by SCFT and SPFT

To actively participate in supervision

To support the induction process for new staff

To participate and attend agreed training courses and programmes

To help to identify training needs of all staff across the service

To implement a rolling programme of training for all staff across the service

Person Specification

Qualifications and/or professional registration


  • Registered Mental Health Nurse Qualification
  • NMC Registration
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Demonstrates commitment to, and evidence of, further education/development


  • Mentorship Course / ENB998 or equivalent
  • Dip HE Mental Health related subject
  • BSc Mental Health



  • Minimum of 3 years experience post qualifying working with patients with Mental Health needs
  • Experience or working with a multi-disciplinary team
  • Knowledge of Safeguarding Adults procedures
  • Previous experience in the community
  • Demonstrate extensive post registration experience with both adults & older people experiencing Mental Health issues


  • Experience of supervising , coaching/supporting and mentoring of less experienced staff
  • Demonstrated experience of working with service users in crisis

Skills and knowledge


  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Good written & verbal communication skills
  • Ability to carry out comprehensive assessments
  • Ability to make clinical decisions and provide treatment and care
  • Good information technology/PC literacy skills
  • Knowledge of Mental Health Act 1983
  • Understanding of Mental Capacity Act


  • Knowledge of Community Care Legislation
  • Evidence of research and ability to apply to clinical practice

Other Requirements


  • Ability to travel using most efficient and cost effective means
  • Hold a valid driving license
  • Car owner/access to vehicle for work purposes
  • Excellent communicator with highly developed interpersonal skills
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitive and professional attitude to all situations
  • Ability to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service
  • Ability to work without direct supervision, using an analytical problem solving approach.
  • Be responsible for making complex decisions, to ensure care provision of service users with Mental Health needs is met within service guidelines


  • Understanding of the concept of person centered care provision NICE Guidelines - NSF for Mental Health

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust


Brighton General hospital

Elm Grove



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