This role is a development Band 5 to 6 Program.
We are looking for a highly dedicated nurse, occupational therapist or social worker to join our Liaison Psychiatry Service at the Royal Surrey Hospital in Guildford Surrey.
This is what one of our practitioners says about working in Psychiatric Liaison at the Royal Surrey Hospital.
‘One of the things that attracted me to the psychiatric liaison role is the diversity of the day to day role. Our service is 24/7 and we see anyone and everyone over the age of 18. Our team consists of nurses, occupational therapists and social workers who work under the collective term psychiatric liaison practitioners/clinicians. We also have 3 doctors, two of whom are consultants, one specialising in older age adults, the other working age adults. And of course our lovely administrator!
An average day usually consists of referrals from both the acute hospital wards and the A&E. This can mean our caseloads have a variety of mental health presentations, with our team providing biopsychosocial assessments, assessing risk and creating a care plan alongside patients.
We also act as a specialist advice service for our acute physical hospital and complete both informal and formal training with nursing and medical teams to upskill staff and develop their confidence in recognising an acute mental health need. Additionally, we provide training around the mental health act, mental capacity act, and how to best to support individuals who may present with behaviours that challenge due to a mental illness. I really enjoy this aspect of my job as it allows our team to develop better links and a great working relationship with our physical health colleagues, which has a huge impact on a patients experience during their time in hospital.
Ward patients are often initially admitted with physical health problems but later it becomes apparent that they also have mental health issues. They may be known to or previously known to the community mental health team and we can update these teams appropriately. Our team also supports patients transferred from the psychiatric wards who have become physically unwell.
As the title suggests, liaison work is a dominant feature of our day-to-day, we are often the lead professionals managing a care plan or safe discharge for our mental health patients and work closely with community mental health teams, social care, the police, home treatment team, medical teams, families, care homes, probation services, GPs, specialist services (perinatal, forensics, learning disabilities) and the individual themselves.
In a single day, I might see a patient that’s self-presented to A&E with depression and suicidal ideation, a ward patient that requires a referral to their local community mental health team or an older adult who presents with behaviours that challenge due to dementia.
Our service has remained consistent throughout Covid-19, which highlights the vital role psychiatric liaison has had in helping the acute general hospitals.
We have a fantastic cohesive team that is supportive, understanding and all bring their own specialism and knowledge. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to work alongside them to provide quality, holistic care to all our patients.
I also feel very privileged to be a professional working with people who may be at their most vulnerable point emotionally, and/or going through a mental health crisis. It is extremely rewarding to be able to offer some understanding, compassion and hope in these instances and give guidance on the available help and support out there.’
Functioning already at CORE 24 the multidisciplinary team operates a shift system across a 24hr period seven days a week. You will be working as a clinician primarily assessing patients referred from our inpatient wards or those who present to the Accident and Emergency Department. There will be the opportunity to specialise in the psychiatry of older adults if successful in this role.
You will have a positive approach to work, with an outstanding, demonstrable background of providing high-quality care. You will have an insight into liaison psychiatry and the national guidelines impacting these services. Willingness to educate others within the team and the wider hospital network is required. Promoting the best possible outcomes for people in the acute hospital setting will be integral to the role.
This is a challenging but rewarding role, offering an exciting opportunity for a clinician who wishes to develop assessment and therapeutic skills.
We offer excellent staff support through clinical supervision, group supervision and inclusive teamwork. The role and service encourage and promotes staff development.
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