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Psychiatric Liaison Nurse - Dementia and Older Peoples service

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 Per Annum
Closing date
5 Dec 2023
Dementia and Older People's Mental Health Liaison service is a specialist Team of Doctors, Nurses, Occupational Therapist and Support Workers working within the hospitals in Cornwall.

This is an exciting opportunity to work alongside general medicine using a biopsychosocial framework.

This role will be part of a supportive, friendly and dynamic team. The current Team include a variety of staff with different backgrounds who are collaborative, inclusive, supportive, nurturing and progressive.

There will be training opportunities and the option to develop the service through quality improvement. There are opportunities to liaise with the wider South West Liaison services.

Proposed interview date: to be confirmed

Main duties of the job

The Dementia and Older People's Mental Health Liaison provide mental health assessments and care planning services to patients:

Patients of any age with a diagnosis of Dementia. Patients over the age of 75 with a functional mental health diagnosis who require additional specialist support and assessment, to include:
  • Depression
  • Schizophrenia
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder

We use a variety of assessment tools such as the ACE-111, 4AT, HADS, I Cared, I Shared and Short IQ Code, alongside professional judgement and discussion with the wider MDT.

We help to formulate Care Plans, assess risks and support the acute hospitals in managing this.

We link with families and carers, medical staff including Geriatricians, voluntary services, and specialist services such as palliative care, Parkinson's Team, speech and language therapy, dieticians, frailty team, alcohol liaison and ward based staff such as Ward Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and support workers.

We work towards the safe discharge of patients through adhering to legal frameworks with positive risk taking, working closely with the wider Community Mental Health Services, Adult Social Care and a number of voluntary agencies. We also offer a 7 day follow-up review on discharge from hospital.

We have access to and manage specialist Mental Health Discharge to Assessment beds which allow further assessment outside of the hospital environment.

About us

We're an NHS community and mental health provider Trust based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people's physical and mental health. We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability.

We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you'll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK.

Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff.

We work in people's homes, in community clinics and bases. Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner.

Approximately 568,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon. As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To view a detailed job description and person specification including the main responsibilities of this role please see supporting documents.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications and relevant experience


  • Current Professional registration - NMC
  • Professional qualification - RMN,


  • CBT training / Motivational interviewing



  • Post Qualification experience
  • Working knowledge of crisis assessment and intervention

Knowledge and Abilities


  • Will possess a demonstrable working knowledge of the mental health Act, including Community treatment orders and any other relevant legislation relevant to mental health and complex social needs
  • Show good interpersonal and communication skills through a variety of mediums being sufficiently IT literate to us a number of IT systems available to the team to promote good team working and communication
  • Show a creative and imaginative approach to the delivery of care

Employer details

Employer name

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust (RCHT)

Impact Building RCHT



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