Mental Health Practitioner in HIV (OT, SW or RMN)

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£38,768 to £46,124 a year Per Annum Inc
Closing date
27 Jun 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and committed Mental Health Practitioner/Allied Health Professional with a professional background in either mental health nursing; occupational therapy or social work, to work with CASCAID, a specialist HIV Mental Health Liaison Team.

The postholder will need to demonstate a holistic approach to HIV and mental health and have experience of working with diverse and sometimes marginalised client groups.

The postholder will provide mental health liaison, assessment and support for clients with complex mental health issues related to living with HIV. This will include contributing to and providing advice during regular MDT meetings with other HIV healthcare professionals. Our main referrers are HIV clinics, medical inpatient wards, mental health community teams and addiction services.

Career Progression pathways and development opportunities:

We are committed to get the very best out of our staff and support staff in their career aspirations. For this role, we support and encourage training in Dual Diagnosis, Trauma-Informed Care; systemic and family practice, appropriate models of psychologically-informed practice (i.e. CBT), leadership and management training.

Main duties of the job

The postholder will ensure the delivery of care to a client group who are HIV positive and presenting with complex mental health needs

This will involve supporting and developing a culture which improves mental healthcare for patients seen in physical health environments and physical healthcare for those seen in mental healthcare environments.

The postholder will provide assessment and support to clients referred by statutory and non-statutory agencies and link clients into appropriate services as necessary.

The postholder will contribute to training and raising awareness about HIV and mental health to Trust staff and other health professionals along an anti-stigma agenda, as well promoting regular HIV testing to at risk groups to mitigate against late diagnosis.

About us

The HIV Liaison Service, is a small multi-disciplinary team, comprising consultant psychiatrist, mental health nursing and psychology and psychotherapy therapy staff, and an administrator. The service assists both mental health services and HIV services to support people who are living with HIV and a significant mental health problem. Our approach is largely bio-psycho-social. We embrace diversity and tackle stigma.

We provide liaison, assessment and treatment and short to medium term psychological work for people whose mental health problems are related to living with HIV.

About our locations

We have an office base at Reay House, Lambeth Hospital (zone 2) but see people in outpatient spaces across Lambeth, Southwark , Lewisham and Croydon, whether that be at their HIV treatment centre, or a SLaM outpatient location. When required, home visits are arranged. We have been offering either face-to-face, telephone or online appointments during the COVID pandemic, being flexible according to the needs of our patients.

Maudsley Hospital(headquarters)Our Trust headquarters is located at Denmark Hill less than 5 minutes from the train station (zone 2).

Our service covers the London Boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham and Croydon.

Job description Job responsibilities

Key relationships:HIV Liaison Team (Cascaid) - Daily/weeklyClinical Supervisor -1-2 times monthlyLine Manager - WeeklyHIV clinicians at GSTT, Kings, UCH Lewisham and Croydon - Daily/weeklyCommunity Nurse Specialist Team - WeeklyCommunity Mental Health Teams, GPs, Home Treatment, Liaison Psychiatry, Acute Inpatient: as requiredClients, Carers, and Family Members - Weekly/as requiredThird Sector, non-statutory HIV organisations, as required.

Key Responsibilities:

KR 1 Clinical and Client Care
  • To provide assessment and interventions for clients in theHIV Liaison Service/CASCAID
  • To attend MDT forums (online or in person) in HIV treatment centres providing consultation and advice
  • To attend Clinical Nurse Specialist meetings (online or in person), providing consultation and advice
  • To provide support and advice and liaison to SLaM inpatient wards, mental health teams and addictions services, co-working as necessary
  • To assess and monitor risk and draw up appropriate risk management plans; liaising with referrers, GPs and other professionals as appropriate.
  • To liaise with referrers, GPs and other professionals concerned with clients in order to develop and review care plans.
  • To co-work with HIV Liaison colleagues and/or non-statutory agencies in delivering one-to-one and group work.
  • To co-facilitate a weekly Chemsex support service (the Axis clinic) with a worker from Antidote at London Friend.

KR 2 Contributing to team or service clinical functioning
  • To contribute to the service delivery in acting as an interface between mental and physical health services for people living with HIV in LSL and Croydon; and embedding this practice across services
  • To contribute to the HIV Liaison Services aims to increase the capacity for mainstream mental health services to provide support to PLHIV who also experience mental health difficulties (e.g. by providing training, and through HIV awareness initiatives)
  • To work alongside team members in providing a thoughtful, flexible and responsive service
  • To be proactive in challenging discrimination and supporting the development of culturally competent services.

KR 6 Teaching and Training
  • To participate in the teams training initiatives, raising awareness with regards to HIV Mental Health (promotion and prevention) amongst SLaM staff groups, and to statutory and non-statutory mental and physical healthcare services

KR 8 Research and development
  • To keep up-to-date with new information, research findings, and lessons learned with the field of HIV and mental health
  • To engage in research to establish the changing nature and impact of HIV upon the mental health of vulnerable and disadvantaged populations
  • To undertake regular service evaluation, audits or research relevant to service needs.

*These responsibilities are not exhaustive, the full job description can be found in the attachment.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Core professional registration in either: NMC for mental health nurses; HCPC for OTs, or Social Work England for social workers
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working within a community mental health team and/ or a liaison setting
  • Experience that supports working with and addressing issues of diversity within local communities. This may have been gained through work, volunteering or lived experience
  • Experience of working with people with co-morbid physical and mental health problems (A/I)
  • Experience of working with people living with HIV or long term conditions
  • Experience of working with clients with problematic drug and/or alcohol use
  • Experience of presenting and teaching
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Knowledge of factors affecting HIV epidemiology, transmission and risk-taking
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to form good relationships with colleagues across the NHS, third sector and other organisations (A

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