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Senior Psychiatric Liaison Nurse (SPLN)

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 per annum Incl. HCAs
Closing date
28 Nov 2023
As part of a review of our operational strategies and response to growing need need for more highly skilled, experienced and dynamic Mental Health Liaison Nurses we are pleased to offer an exciting opportunity for the role of Senior Psychiatric Liaison Nurse to work in the acute trust emergency department and inpatient settings.

Successful applicants will be working as part of a dynamic Multi-Disciplinary Team, interface between physical and mental health across Kings Emergency Department and the inpatient wards.

You will work with anyone over the age of 18 years presenting with mental health as well as physical health needs to both the emergency department and inpatient wards.

We are looking for dedicated, dynamic and tenacious Senior Psychiatric Liaison Nurses who enjoy rapid assessment / crisis work and working with a diversity of clinical presentations.

The post holder will be working as part of a multidisciplinary Mental Health Liaison Team to facilitate timely assessment, safe discharge and reduction of multiple attendances of clients with complex mental health, physical health and social care needs. There will also be opportunities to teach both colleagues and acute trust staff as part of your role as Senior Psychiatric Liaison Nurse.

Main duties of the job

As a Senior Psychiatric Liaison Nurse you will be work as a highly experienced senior mental health practitioner carrying out first line specialist assessments and crisis risk management plans within the Emergency Department (ED) as part of the Mental Health Liaison Team (MHLT).

The Senior Psychiatric Liaison Nurse will provide face to facescreening of all referrals to the MHLT at first contact and at times signpost to primary care where appropriate.

The post-holder will be an independent decision maker with regard to the assessment of those presenting to the Emergency Department. They will be required to carry out specialist assessments and reach decisions on appropriate treatment plans or onward referrals autonomously and provide evidence based care as outlined in NICE guidelines.

They will also provide specialist advice and senior reviews to members of the MHLT, and other health professionals within Kings College Hospital (KCH).To provide clinical leadership for the shift and be responsible for the performance of the Mental Health Liaison Team during that shift ensuring that the service provided is in accordance with the Key Performance Indicators and SLaM aims.

To undertake relevant data collection, analysis and evaluation to assess the effectiveness of the team and audit clinical care to ensure a consistent high standard of care is being provided by the team.

About us

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) provide the widest range of NHS mental health services in the UK as well as substance misuse services for people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol. We work closely with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), King's College London and are part of King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre. There are very few organisations in the world that have such wide-ranging capabilities working with mental illness. Our scope is unique because it is built on three major foundations: care and treatment, science and research, and training.

SLaM employ around 5000 staff and serve a local population of 1.1 million people. We have more than 230 services including inpatient wards, outpatient and community services. Currently, provide inpatientcare for approximately 5,300 people each year and treat more than 45,000 patients in the community in Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark as well as substance misuse services for residents of Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich.


We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. There is an extensive range of excellent benefits for you and your family. We want you to feel like you are part of a close knit team at SLaM. It is important to us that you are valued and appreciated and that is why we have a comprehensive benefits package on offer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide specialist screening at the point of referral.

To provide senior response to challenging/ violent incidents in the Emergency Department.

Provide initial response to all Section 136 presentation in the department and lead on co-ordination the process.

To record all contact within the SLaM electronic information systems.Complete Brief Risk Assessment from the completed screening including autonomous decisions around discharge and/or onward referral and sign-posting to primary care/ mental health services.

To oversee the progress of patients through the Emergency Department, taking on a coordinating role within the MHLT and providing a senior single point of access for staff to make referrals and/ or to be informed of any presentations to ED at the first opportunity.

Act as a senior clinician in the MHLT providing advice, clinical support and senior review wherenecessary.

To liaise effectively with services and service providers both inside and outside of the Trust (including CMHTs, Police, Ambulance, Social Services, GPs and Hospital staff).

Participate in teaching and training of ED and other staff within KCH.

Co-ordinating the pathway and patient flow throughout the Emergency Department.

Consistently apply effective decision making and problem solving skills, including but not limited to ability to prioritise workload, ability to assess and manage mental health crises, ability to manage conflict, ability to work in a high pressure environment and ability to communicate across a range of services and professionals especially those working in acute trust.

Maintain confidentiality by ensuring that information is only shared with those who need to know.

Demonstrate a high level of interpersonal skills, self-awareness, leadership skills and empathy in all communications

Person Specification



  • Registered Mental Health Nurse
  • Evidence of other advanced education related to Psychiatric Liaison
  • Mentorship ENB 998 or equivalent


  • Registered General Adult Nurse/ formal training in physical health
  • Evidence of continued professional development
  • Formal training in risk assessment and management



  • oSignificant post qualifying experience in mental health services with a sound knowledge of the full range of mental health services, both inpatient and community based.
  • oA sound understanding and experience of how to assess and manage crisis within acute mental illness
  • oMust be able to take an overview of the provision of mental health services and ensure service users' needs are met appropriately


  • oExperience of working with specific diagnosis of Personality Disorder
  • oExperience of working with service users with harmful substance misuse and alcohol issues



  • Working knowledge of all relevant legislation associated with acute mental health care, including MHA 2007, MCA, Human Rights Act, Common Law, etc
  • Sound knowledge of risk assessments and tools in mental health and acute care
  • Ability to build and maintain high standards of professional links and communication with a variety of persons and services


  • Experience of presenting Data for service development
  • Experience of service development, Quality Improvement and leading change



  • Ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care to meet the needs of service users, appropriate to the setting of the Emergency Department
  • An ability to analyse and interpret key documents and identify the implications for local policy and practice ? Ability to demonstrate knowledge of the physical and psychological effects of alcohol and drugs
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of the epidemiology, presentation and immediate management of deliberate self-harm
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of the physical and psychological effects of alcohol and drugs


  • Experience of conducting audits/service evaluations and show evidence of service development



  • Demonstrate skills in autonomous, senior decision making regarding discharge, sign posting and admission of service users following a comprehensive assessment and evaluation of risk
  • Experience of assessing and risk managing violent self harm
  • Experience at working at band 6 level or above within psychiatric liaison services


  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to gain easily, the trust and respect of service users, their relatives and staff across disciplines and services

Other Requirements


  • Recognition of own limitations, strengths and weaknesses and an ability to seek advice when necessary
  • Ability to manage and prioritise clinical demands, supervision and support and Emergency Department pathways
  • Ability to work across a 24 hrservice


  • Ability to negotiate and reach compromises in verbal discussions in a manner that inspires confidence and respect from others

Employer details

Employer name

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


Kings College Hospital

Denmark Hill



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