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Mental Health Liaison Nurse

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen to work within Mental Health Liaison Service based in Glangwili General Hospital, Carmarthen.

This specialty is concerned with the care of people presenting with both mental health and physical health symptoms regardless of cause. The service has a focus on the bio/psychosocial model, being concerned with the relationship between the physiology, psychology and sociology of human health and wellbeing.

We are looking for a highly motivated and skilled Mental Health Nurse/Practitioner who is committed to helping improve and deliver the highest standards of person centred assessment and care to individuals presenting to the Accident and Emergency Department or currently within the general hospital experiencing mental health problems.

Main duties of the job

As an autonomous practitioner, you will demonstrate self-management skills and independence in thought and action and take personal responsibility for professional performance. The successful candidate will be part of a wider multi-disciplinary team which consists of Doctors, Nurses, Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists and Pharmacists, using a collaborative approach to solve and manage problems for the people in our care.

Therefore, an essential attribute needed for this post is the ability to work in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team and with voluntary organisations, local authority and other appropriate health and social care sectors to negotiate care provision across the primary/secondary care interface.

The successful applicants must have an interest working with adults aged over 18, possess excellent communication skills and be able to demonstrate a willingness to develop within the liaison role and as a member of the team. This includes being available to give advice at all stages of care. The aim is that assistance is delivered to patients in order to alleviate distress, prevent escalation and improve safety and patient experience.

The role includes working with the CAMHS Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team overnight and supporting with the assessment of young people in the Accident and Emergency Department.

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:

Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest;

Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire; Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion; and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire;

48 general practices (four of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres;

Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services;

Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales.

Job description Job responsibilities

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

Interviews to be held on 12/07/2022.

You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.

The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

The ability to communicate in Welsh isdesirablefor this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us

Person Specification Qualifications and Knowledge Essential
  • First level professional qualification in Mental Health /Learning Disability Nursing
  • Excellent clinical knowledge of specialist area in particular comorbid mental and physical health presentations
  • Evidence of post- registration continuing professional development activity to postgraduate diploma level
  • Interest in delirium
  • Training in Brief Psychological Interventions
  • Interest or experience in treating drug and alcohol misuse
Experience Essential
  • Evidence of achievement in clinical practice within an area of speciality, for instance inpatient, community, crisis team, drug and alcohol
  • Experience of Liaison work
  • Experience of working within a multi-agency community mental health setting
Language Skills Desirable
  • Welsh speaker Level 1

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