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Liaison Practitioner

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
28 Jun 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Oldham Psychological medicine Service-is an innovative service dedicated to supporting people with complex physical health problems including chronic pain, unexplained symptoms and conditions such as diabetes or heart disease or a range of problems which may be directly or indirectly be caused caused by physical health. These may include low mood or problems with day to day life. We need a full time practitioner to work in our multi- disciplinary team supporting people with a range of complex support needs

Main duties of the job

We are an innovative team dedicated to supporting individuals with complex and distressing physical health problems who are accessing healthcare on a frequent basis. These may be complex health needs such as diabetes, heart disease , non-epileptic attack disorder or persistent physical symptoms, including chronic pain and fatigue. Patients often have a range of problems arising directly or indirectly from their physical health including low mood, anxiety or problems with their day to day life. This can be especially difficult where physical and mental health symptoms interact and when no clear cause can be found for physical symptoms.

You will working as part of a multi- disciplinary team with liaison psychiatrists, psychologists and CBT therapists as well as working in the primary care networks in Oldham with social workers, district nurses and staff from the voluntary sector to deliver services that aim to improve the health of Oldham residents

You will have a case load of patients as well as the opportunity to get involved in group work . Regular management and clinical supervision are provided as well as regular reflective practice sessions with the team.

About us

We are proud to provide high quality mental health and learning disability services, both inpatient and in the community across five boroughs of Greater Manchester - Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport and Tameside and Glossop.

Our vision is for a happier and more hopeful life for everyone in our communities and our staff work hard to deliver the very best care for the people who use our services. We're really proud of our#PennineCarePeopleand do everything we can to make sure we're a great place to work.

All individuals regardless of race, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership are encouraged to apply for this post. We would also encourage applications from individuals with a lived experience of mental illness, either individually or as a carer.

Job description Job responsibilities

Main Duties and ResponsibilitiesClinical
  • Accept referrals via agreed protocols within the service providing appropriate interventions and packages of care.
  • Make decisions on suitability of new referrals following assessment, adhering to service protocols, refer unsuitable clients on to other relevant services or back to the referral agent as necessary.
  • To deliver interventions for people over 16 experiencing complex comorbid physical and mental health needs.
  • To provide when required assistance to clients and other professionals both from within the service and externally.
  • Adhere to an agreed activity contract relating to the overall number of client contacts offered, and clinical sessions carried out per week in order to minimise waiting times and ensure treatment delivery remains accessible and convenient.
  • To act as a representative of the liaison mental health service into multidisciplinary meetings relating to referrals or clients in treatment, where appropriate, and providing specialist advice and support in relation to colleague interactions with patients.
  • Attend regular team meetings to discuss service development and patient allocation and ongoing care.
  • Complete all requirements relating to data collection within the service.
  • Maintain accurate and coherent records of all clinical activity in line with professional standards and service protocols and to use these records and clinical outcome data in clinical decision making.
  • Work closely with other members of the team and with colleagues in primary and secondary care mental health services, ensuring where appropriate access to other interventions to maintain a stepped care approach.
  • Prepare and present clinical information for all patients on their caseload to clinical case management supervisors within the service on an agreed and scheduled basis, in order to ensure safe practice and the clinical governance obligations of the worker, supervisor and service are delivered.
  • Respond to and implement supervision suggestions by supervisors in clinical practice.
  • Engage in and respond to personal development supervision to improve competences and clinical practice.
  • To participate in relevant operational groups and to carry out work programme streams as required.

Person Specification Education/Qualification Essential
  • RMN / Social Worker / OT
  • Demonstrable post qualification experience in mental health
  • Willingness to undertake further training relevant to the practitioner role resulting from legislative or service changes, as appropriate.
  • Accredited or registered relevant professional body.
  • Short courses and experience to post graduate diploma level
  • Specialist knowledge of complex comorbid physical and mental health issues/complex mental health issues underpinned by evidence based practice.
  • Post graduate diploma
  • PSI Training
  • Understanding of psychological therapy approaches and how these may benefit patients with complex needs.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of supervision
  • Experience of working in a community or primary care setting
  • Experience of MDT working
  • Experience of working with people with co-morbid physical symptoms and mental health
  • Experience of working in a community setting is preferred.
  • Experience of representing mental health services with GP practice and primary care staff
Knowledge Essential
  • Experience in working with people with complex and severe mental health needs
  • Extensive knowledge / experience in social inclusion and recovery model of care.
  • Knowledge of mental health legislation
  • Experience of managing or participating in change or development of new services
  • Knowledge of the impact of physical ill health on mental wellbeing
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Ability to undertake comprehensive assessments of need and risk for patients with multiple/complex issues
  • Ability to formulate care plans and risk management plans
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a MDT.
  • Ability to supervise or advise practice and primary care staff, or trainees within own team
  • Effective time management
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Recording relevant documentation to a professional standard.
  • Ability to communicate informally and develop supportive relationships with clients, carers and other professionals
  • Utilise the supervision process.
  • Ability to value diversity and respond constructively to discriminatory behaviour.
  • Ability to provide professional expertise in the care of mental health service users.
  • Ability to provide appropriate education and training to peers and assistant as appropriate.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Commitment to professional development
Work Related Circumstance Essential
  • Use of a car or access to a means of mobility to travel across the Trust footprint in line with service needs
  • Willing to carry out all duties and responsibilities of the post in accordance with the Trust's Equal Opportunities and Equality and Diversity policies
  • Appointments to regulated and controlled activities require an enhanced DBS disclosure.

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