Band 6 Primary Care Liaison Worker (Older Adults) - Bath

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
27 Jun 2022

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Band 6
Full Time
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Are you a RMN, OT or Social Worker? Are you looking for dynamic and rewarding role in Mental Health? Primary Care Liaison Service (PCLS) is looking for a Band 6 professional to join their team.

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the BANES PCLS team to recruit a suitably qualified Mental Health Professional to work specifically with older adults.

The position is 37.5 hours per week, Band 6 role within our team here at Hillview Lodge in BANES. We would consider part time working if this was more suited.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated individual with excellent frontline assessment skills, who either holds a registered Mental Health Nursing qualification or equivalent in Occupational Therapy or Social Work. You will possess both experience and enthusiasm for working with Older Adults.

Main duties of the job

You will be joining an experienced and dedicated team of professionals who provide telephone triage, video and face to face assessments to service users and their carers across BaNES working alongside other specialist professionals, including GPs and partnership agencies.

You will play a key role in responsive, person centred and needs-led mental health assessments as well as brief interventions. You will be a team player and someone who is able to show sensitivity and tact as an essential requirement, with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

The team is committed to supporting continued professional development, and actively promotes a learning culture within the team. We value the importance of staff wellbeing and foster this enthusiastically.

This role has an abundance of variety, challenges and rewards. If this role sounds appealing then we would very much like to hear from you.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care. We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset. Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

Job description Job responsibilities

1. To provide information, proportional assessment and sign posting to patients and their family and carers presenting with mental health problems/needs in community settings.

2. To foster strong collaborative and trusting working relationships with the referring agent/Primary Care Health Care Professionals underpinned by an educative and solutions focussed philosophy whilst providing them with credible clinical expertise..

This may include:

The promotion and use of additional standardised assessment tools

Promoting the importance of working with, strengths and aspirations of the person referred

The provision of succinct formulations and recommendations (inclusive of risk management advice)

Assessment of or advice on the impact of culture and diversity

Consideration of the respective Primary Care HCPs confidence and capability in relation to The 10 Essential Shared Capabilities (best practice in Mental Health Care).

Best practice advice and support in a broad range of conditions for people with both functional or organic mental health needs

Promotion and recognition of the needs of family and carer/s, including various support networks and third sector agencies

Advice and support on evaluating risk from a positive risk taking perspective

Support and clarity on formulations within a bio-psycho-social model, including people with medically unexplained symptoms

Identifying and ensuring specialist involvement where required

Advice on interventions and treatments required to enable positive change

Support and advice within Safeguarding and public protection procedures where the issues are complicated by mental health problems

Second opinion on complex capacity assessments

To facilitate the development of safe and effective mental health care practice within the primary care setting.

3. To assist the primary care and secondary mental health teams in the delivery of safe and appropriate care planning processes.

4. To provide a prompt response to all referrals following jointly agreed procedures and within agreed time frames.

5. To provide concise and effective liaison and feedback to clinical staff within secondary mental health services and Primary Care teams including advice on effective and appropriate management strategies for those patients referred to the service

6. To ensure where needed that people experience a seamless transfer into AWP provider/treatment services

7. To make effective use of the standard liaison approach and structure for assessments according to the SBAR (Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation) format

8. Following assessment, to provide short- term follow up of patients where appropriate.

9. To contribute evidence based expertise to multi-disciplinary team care planning processes

10. To provide effective communication with service users, relatives and carers, Primary Care and Secondary health services.

11. To advise on medication management issues

12. To ensure the active involvement of carers during all stages of the assessment process

13. To provide a prompt response to requests for information and advice.

14. To ensure appropriate communication, both verbal and written, at all stages of the consultation process.

15. To promote positive attitudes, mutual understanding and collaboration between non mental health staff and mental health services, users, carers, voluntary agencies, primary care and social services

16. To provide evidence-based specialist advice on how best to meet the mental health needs of the population for staff of other agencies, service users and carers.

17. To raise awareness of the effects of physical conditions on the mental health of service users.

18. To assist and participate in appropriate service development forums.

19. To provide mentoring/ training for others in relevant practice areas, according to professional requirements, taking a collaborative approach to practice development and evidence-based care.

20. Demonstrate responsibility for developing own practice in line with professional qualifications and for contributing to the development of others, by making use of and providing, effective feedback, supervision, coaching and appraisal.

21. To adhere to the NMC professional code of conduct ensuring required skills and competencies required are maintained.

22. Monitor and maintain health, safety and security of self and others, undertaking assessments and taking appropriate action where required.

23. Develop own knowledge and practice, and contribute to the development of others, making use of available feedback, supervision and appraisal to identify appropriate areas of development for this work role, taking responsibility for accessing identified learning and training opportunities.

24. Lead, maintain and participate in practices which enable team working

25. To maintain the single health and social care record, ensuring both paper and electronic records are kept up to date in accordance with professional and organisational standards.

26. To assist in the development and implementation of appropriate systems aimed at ensuring a consistent approach to assessment, communication and follow-up

27. To make appropriate use of time and resources

28. To participate in clinical audit and service evaluation programmes as required.

29. To participate in local arrangements where required to manage unexpected staff absences

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Professional qualification in mental health equivalent to RMN, Registered Social worker or OT
  • Relevant post-registration qualifications, such as Thorn, Non Medical Prescribing, CBT, AMHP, Brief Interventions etc
Knowledge and experience Essential
  • Detailed working knowledge of how secondary specialist mental health services are organised and operate, where and how they fit into the health and social care community.
  • Experience gained in a wide variety of settings
Skills Essential
  • Demonstrates substantial experience of assessing risk and developing risk management strategies

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