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Mental Health Liaison Practitioner

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
7 Mar 2024
2 x 37.5 Hours Per Week

An exciting opportunity has arisen to recruit a Band 6 Practitioner (RMN, OT, Social worker) into the Mental Health Liaison Team.

The Mental Health Liaison Team provides assessment and intervention to service users within the general hospital setting including A& E. We cover both Calderdale Royal Hospital and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

We are an all-age, 24/7 service therefore it is essential that candidates are able to work shifts including nights, weekends and bank holidays.

You will be expected to complete skilled comprehensive mental health assessments of individuals and develop and formulate appropriate plans for discharge and further care.

The role of the Mental Health Liaison Practitioner is dynamic and we are looking for someone who is adaptable and able to work well under pressure within a busy environment.

There is an expectation that you will be able to work autonomously as well as part of the wider MDT.

Candidates should possess excellent communication skills and have prior experience in risk assessment.

You will be working within a well-established team that has an ongoing commitment to providing high quality patient care. We are also committed to the ongoing professional development of staff and you will have access to regular supervision and opportunities for further learning.

Informal enquires are welcome.

For full job description, please see attached supporting documents.

Main duties of the job

You will be responsible for completing biopsychosocial assessments of service users who are presenting with a mental health need within the general hospital.

This may be in A& E or on an inpatient ward. You will be expected to complete an accurate and detailed risk assessment and formulate a plan for discharge or further intervention. This will all then be documented on the appropriate systems.

You will provide regular clinical advice, support and guidance to the staff within the acute hospital on the management of patients with mental health needs.

You will regularly attend and contribute to MDT meetings.

You will regularly support students within the team and act as practice supervisor/assessor.

You will contribute to a high standard of clinical care being delivered, ensuring that we are compliant with our response times.

You will liaise regularly with other agencies regarding patient care and outcomes. This includes services within the trust and also external agencies.

You will have access to regular supervision and further learning and development opportunities.

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients.

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will work as part of the MHLT to provide a psychiatric liaison service into Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust (CHFT) sites, covering both Calderdale Royal Hospital and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

They will provide skilled assessment, support, advice and guidance for service users within CHFT who are presenting with a mental health concern. They will work shifts as part of the 24 hour staff rota in order to ensure the service is accessible at all times and that referrals are received and responded to within the commissioned response times.

This job description is an outline of the main duties of the post. The post holder will be required to undertake other duties as required with the grade as directed.

The content of this post will be reviewed in consultation with the post holder when necessary and in line with the service developments.

Completing robust biopsychosocial mental health assessments with service users and formulating a safe and appropriate plan for discharge or further intervention and follow up.

Completing and documenting robust risk assessments in accordance with Trust/Organisational protocols.

Ensuring that service users are actively involved in the planning of their care.

Ensuring involvement of families and carers.

Working collaboratively with other professional groups and partnership organisations (Police, Citizens Advice, Benefits Agencies, Employment and Housing Associations, Education Authorities etc).

Maintaining a continuing knowledge of current evidence based practice.

Maintaining relevant professional body registration and ensure adherence to statutory codes of practice.

To contribute to ongoing service evaluation and development of the team.

Recognising and respecting the cultural and spiritual needs of others.

To regularly engage in clinical supervision and professional development review processes.

Maintaining records in line with professional standards and Trust Protocols.

Maintaining confidentiality of information regarding service users and their families and friends at all times.

Providing professional advice and guidance to colleagues within the acute trust around the management of individuals who are presenting with a mental health concern.

Person Specification



  • Registered RMN, Social worker or OT



  • Significant experience at Band 5/equivalent or above.
  • Current or recent experience of working with service users in crisis.
  • Experience of working with individuals with complex mental health needs.


  • Experience of working within a liaison service.
  • Experience of working with older adults.
  • Experience of working with under 18s.



  • Evidence of continuing professional development.


  • Risk Management.
  • Crisis intervention skills

Special Knowledge and Skills


  • Skilled in therapeutic assessment related to risk and risk management.
  • High degree of understanding in respect of modern mental health issues and developments.
  • Fully conversant with local, national and trust wide polices, procedures and protocols.
  • Fully conversant with the MHA 1983 and the MCA 2005.
  • Ability to work effectively under time constraints and manage conflicting demands.
  • Knowledge of medications and medication management in respect of modern therapeutic care.
  • Formulation of complex care plans.
  • Multi-disciplinary working, working within a team and ability to work independently.


  • Knowledge of interventions specifically related to the care of older adults.

Physical Attributes


  • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post.
  • A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy).

Personal Attributes


  • Reliability, enthusiasm, motivated, flexible, resourceful, adaptable.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Good team worker.


  • A current driving licence and access to a car.

Employer details

Employer name

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


The Calderdale Royal Hospital

Huddersfield Road


West Yorkshire


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