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Mental Health Liaison Practitioner

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
14 Mar 2024
** Informal visits and/or contact with the service beforehand are encouraged and welcomed**

Would you like to work in a well-established, friendly and knowledgeable Liaison service? Do you enjoy varied work and the opportunity to develop your skills across a wide-range of presenting complaints and age groups? If the answer is 'yes', then please read on.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated, enthusiastic and knowledgeable Mental Health Practitioner to join the Salford Mental Health Liaison Team, based within Salford Royal Foundation Trust Hospital, recognised as one of the best hospitals in the NHS.

The Liaison Service has been established since 2010 and operates over a 24-hour period, in-line with CORE-24 requirements. The team incorporates over 20 whole time equivalent staff from different professional backgrounds and we are very proud to have recently received accreditation with the Psychiatric Liaison Accreditation Network (PLAN) for the second time.

Main duties of the job

Work as part of the integrated multidisciplinary 24-hour mental health liaison service providing clinical interventions focusing on relapse prevention, early discharge and improved quality of life for patients referred to the service.

Be expected to assess people attending the A & E department, including Under 16s on the Paediatric (PANDA) Unit, offering highly developed risk assessments and management plans.

Provide a service to the wards, and the Intermediate Care Setting assessing individuals with a range of complex needs, including both organic and functional illness

Be expected to provide support and training to the acute hospital staff regarding recognising mental illness and appropriate onward actions to be taken.

Offer assessment, support and care for individuals brought to Salford's identified Place of Safety facilities in relation to Section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983.

About us

Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) Foundation Trust employs over6,400members of staff, who deliver services from more than160locations.

We provide inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bolton, the city of Manchester, Salford,Trafford and the borough of Wigan, and a wide range of specialist mental health and substance misuse services across Greater Manchester, the north west of England and beyond.

Greater Manchester is one of the world's most innovative, original and exciting places to live and work. From the beauty of the surrounding countryside to the heart of the vibrant inner city with great shopping, entertainment and dining options.

Wherever you go you will experience a great northern welcome with people famed for their warmth, humour and generosity.

Our people enjoy their work, have opportunities to learn and develop their skills and are encouraged to generate new ideas that improve care for our service users.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification

Staff benefits
  • Pay Enhancements 30% additional for Evenings (8pm onwards) and Saturdays and 60% additional for Sundays and Bank holidays.
  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays rising to 29 after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years
  • Excellent pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Salary sacrifice car scheme
  • Wellbeing programme
  • Blue Light Card Discounts

Person Specification



  • RMN, BA Social Work, BSc Occupational Therapy or equivalent.
  • Successful completion of Preceptorship or equivalent


  • Professional degree
  • Trained clinical supervisor
  • Qualifications related to physical health related problems.



  • Have a varied range of experience in relation to patient illness profiles and care settings.
  • Possess a working experience of using a range of assessment tools for a range of mental health conditions
  • Have the ability to liaise effectively with other disciplines, agencies and carers.
  • Be able to evidence of continuous professional development


  • Have experience of working within liaison services/assessment within A& E Department /General Hospital
  • Have experience of working with older people with functional or cognitive impairment in either a community or inpatient setting
  • Have experience of working with Children and Young People in either a community or inpatient setting
  • Have experience of working across both inpatient and community settings
  • Have experience / training in Psychosocial interventions



  • Have knowledge of the background, range of services and evidence base of Liaison Psychiatry
  • Have a sound knowledge of the social factors involved in the development of mental ill health and key features of relapse prevention
  • Be able to demonstrate a good understanding of the co-morbidities on both mental and physical conditions
  • Have a sound knowledge of Mental Health Act legislation
  • Show motivation to learn and actively participate in training and learning of self and others


  • Have experience of assessing people with illness associated with later life, or will develop competence in this area
  • Have a sound knowledge of Mental Capacity Act and DOLS
  • Have a knowledge of the PLAN accreditation scheme

Skills & Abilities


  • Be competent in the area of risk assessment and formulation of risk management plans including supporting patients who self-harm or are in a neglectful state
  • Be able to undertake Bio/psychosocial assessments across a varied patient illness profile
  • Be able to formulate clear discharge plans for a wide range of people.
  • Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills with a wide range of people including professionals, patients and carers
  • Have evidence of good time management and organisational skills being able to work under pressure
  • Be motivated and flexible with a positive attitude to change and commitment to service improvement


  • Be able to utilise the current IT systems within both GMMH and SRFT such as the Electronic Patient Record(s) and Datix

Other Requirements


  • Be able to work as an effective member of a multidisciplinary team
  • Be able to work a range of shifts over a 24 hour period

Employer details

Employer name

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHSFT


Salford Royal Hospital

Stott Lane


M6 8HG

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