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Development Post- Liaison Psychiatry

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year per annum
Closing date
28 Jun 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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We have an exciting opportunity for development Band 5 post within our Liaison Psychiatry team based at Maidstone General Hospital

We encourage applications from committed, hardworking individuals to work within KMPT trust values providing excellent mental health assessments/reviews to persons both in the emergency department and those admitted to the acute hospital wards wanting to develop their skills and knowledge and work towards their career progression within the trust.

You will be part of a multi-disciplinary team. The team consists of a team manager, Team Consultant psychiatrist, psychologists and liaison practitioners.

Liaison psychiatry prides itself on being a high quality and effective service and has high expectations of completion of expected paperwork, and clear decision-making rationale. We are excited to offer training and development to our acute hospital colleagues and encourage partnership working both internally and externally.

In return we offer consistent, regular and robust managerial and clinical supervision and training, and we encourage innovation, and promote staffs involvement in service development.

Please note that liaison psychiatry covers 24/7 shift pattern. This can be a mix of long days, short days and nights, rota can be flexible where possible.

Main duties of the job

  • This is a developmental role within the Liaison Psychiatry service for practitioners wishing to develop their knowledge and understanding of a broad range of mental health and psychological problems, assessment and risk management skills and delivering a range of evidence based psychosocial interventions within the Acute Trust. This is an exciting opportunity for a Band 5 practitioner to develop their skills and knowledge while working towards a Band 6 post.
  • Delivering a range of evidence based psychosocial interventions to individual patients as required and assisting and supporting general hospital colleagues in making decisions about treatment and care in complex situations with support from senior colleagues.
  • Providing formal and informal education and case consultation to registered and unregistered staff.
  • Providing a communication structure between secondary mental health services, primary care and non-statutory services, as a means of ensuring the highest possible standards of patient care.
  • To achieve set learning objective and outcomes as part of your continued development within this role as part of your progression towards a senior post within the team
  • The post holder will work as part of a multi-disciplinary Liaison team, with their line management provided by a dedicated Liaison Psychiatry Team Manager. Senior medical support will be offered by the associated Consultant Psychiatrist.

About us

Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Daily promotion of a positive, supportive and non-stigmatizing culture in relation to mental ill health and psychiatric illnesses
  • To provide psychosocial assessment of patients presenting with a broad range of mental health, psychological problems and psychiatric illnesses encompassing highly developed risk assessment and management skills under supervision from Senior Practitioners
  • Daily provision of a wide range of clinical skills and psychosocial interventions to patients who present with mental health problems in line with NIMHE, NICE and NHS guidance
  • Daily provision of a comprehensive mental health consultation-liaison service to clinical teams providing clear and concise advice regarding the appropriate management of individuals referred to Liaison Psychiatry with support from Senior Practitioners
  • Provide regular assistance to clinical teams in the formulation of appropriate plans of care or decision making where patients are exhibiting complex needs with a mental health component
  • To regularly provide prompt referrals to statutory and non-statutory agencies utilising a wide range of follow up options in line with the principles of the recovery model and social inclusion

  • Maintain accurate written records and statistics to ensure that service user details and details of care given are recorded in notes and on the trust database(s) in line with trust policy
  • Ensure the physical health needs of service users are met, including advice, support and health education to both service users and carers
  • Provide and receive complex and sensitive information from service users, carers or other professionals and agencies, on a daily basis
  • Ensure that psychological intervention or treatment is offered to service users as outlined in National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines
  • Work with and support other members of the multi-disciplinary team, using clinical judgements in the absence of key members of the team, including medical staff
  • Ability to access profession specific CPD activities that support professional registration
  • Ability and commitment to access professional supervision
  • Regular participation in quality assurance initiatives with the emphasis on service development and user satisfaction
  • Personal responsibility for completion of specific clinical projects undertaking all the necessary tasks such as facilitating meetings, liaison or negotiation with other staff/stakeholders
  • Personal accountability to ensure that clinical practice accords to local policy, national policy and professional code of conduct
  • Regular integration and liaison with Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Teams including clinical practice
  • Facilitate and formulate the delivery of care with support from senior practitioners and team managers.
  • Undertaking other duties as appropriate to the post as requested by senior clinician

  • Ensure sufficient time is allocated to receive clinical and managerial supervision.

  • To work in partnership with multi-agency / professional disciplines within the wider health economy, including:
  • Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Teams
  • Service users and carers/families
  • Multidisciplinary teams and a variety of health and social care professionals
  • Other specialist teams and services within secondary care
  • Professional Lead
  • Primary Mental Health Care Teams and GPs
  • Voluntary and statutory agencies
  • Inpatient staff
  • Police and Probation service
  • Educational departments

  • To use VDU equipment on a daily basis
  • Ability to travel on a regular basis
  • Working to tight / short deadlines within a demanding environment
  • Intense emotional effort to manage and respond to challenging behaviour of mentally ill people in crisis on a regular basis. This may include exposure to verbal and physical aggression on occasions

  • Dealing effectively with mentally ill people in crisis who may sometimes be in distress, challenging and reluctant to co-operate
  • Providing clinical direction to a large and diverse general hospital workforce that may have limited knowledge regarding mental health issues
  • Balancing the demands of two NHS Trusts in order to meet service users needs
  • Giving of distressing information to patients and carers on a regular basis
  • Delivering outcomes within tight deadlines and timeframes
  • Balancing the demands and needs of a diverse general hospital work force
  • Understanding and coping with the complexities of a general hospital and the interface with mental health services

Please see job description for full details.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Professional Qualification in Mental Health Nursing, Occupational Therapy, including registration with the relevant regulatory body.
  • Qualified Mentor (998 or equivalent)/ Accredited Practice Educator (APPLE programme for OT).
Experience Essential
  • Minimum of 6 months post qualification practice experience in mental health - any age
Other Essential
  • Interpersonal skills: good communicator, problem solving abilities, calm under pressure, engaging, alignment with KMPT values. Ability to work according to Trust Values at all times,especially in complex and challenging situations
  • Clinical skills: Robust mental health needs assessment,
  • Training: Ability to deliver in ad hoc and formal education
  • Information Technology: Ability to use IT systems effectively
  • Travelling: Ability to travel between sites in a timely manner
Knowledge Essential
  • Up to date knowledge of national and local guidance relevant to liaison psychiatry (e.g. Parity of esteem agenda, Crisis Care Concordat, National Suicide Prevention Strategy, Relevant NICE Guidelines)
  • A working knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act and Mental Health Act, Duty of Candour
  • Knowledge of the effects of physical health and long term conditions on mental health and wellbeing

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