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Clinical Nurse Specialist, Liaison Psychiatry Service

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
23 Apr 2024
An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Clinical Nurse Specialist to join the Liaison Psychiatry Service . You will have a real passion for mental health care & be able to work in a challenging & dynamic environment.

As a Specialist Psychiatric Nurse you will be committed to providing high quality acute assessment in the Emergency Department & provide ongoing care & expertise to any patient admitted to our hospital with co-morbid psychiatric care needs.

Therefore, we are seeking a confident & accomplished practitioner to join our accredited service & join the shared vision of 'high quality care for all'.

The ideal candidate must have experience of acute (Crisis/Liaison) assessment at Band 6 level or above.

This is a part-time (0.5 wte) permanent post.

Main duties of the job

Your main duties include seeing, assessing & treating patients that are attending acute services, primarily in the Emergency Department. This may include delivering a range of nursing & psychosocial interventions to individual patients & their families, as appropriate. You are likely to be assisting & supporting general hospital colleagues in making decisions about treatment & care in complex situations.

You will be working within a team but often as an autonomous clinical specialist within the general hospital. Your role also requires consultation, liaison & teaching general hospital staff at all levels.

The Service runs from 0700-2100hrs, 7days a week & you will be required to work shifts covering evenings & weekends for this. The Service may extend to provide 24hr care, with possible Commissioning changes.

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff & over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall & our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston & beyond. As a forward- thinking multi-award winning Trust & a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us & you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding & promoting the welfare of children, young people & vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit & retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels & are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients & those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description, main responsibilities, and person specification, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification

Knowledge and Experience


  • Minimum of 3 years post registration experience mental health nursing, two of which at Band 6 or above
  • Extensive knowledge of the various approaches to mental health assessment
  • Experience of working autonomously and therapeutically in residential/community settings
  • Knowledge of key areas of liaison psychiatry practice, including the psychological effects of physical illness
  • Knowledge of the clinical and demographic risk factors associated with self-harm and suicide
  • Knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act (2005) and the Mental Health Act and their use in the general hospital
  • Knowledge of working therapeutically with individuals following self-harm


  • Experience of working in Acute Mental Health care settings

Skills and Abilities


  • Skills in assessing, planning implementing and evaluating mental health nursing interventions
  • Ability to interact therapeutically with distressed and/or disturbed individuals and/or those in crisis
  • Skills in interacting effectively with colleagues from a range of specialties and departments
  • Evidence of effective organisational and time management skills
  • Effective verbal & written communication skills
  • Knowledge of the teaching process, skills in teaching to a range of levels of staff


  • Skills in complex report writing

Qualifications and Training


  • RMN with First Degree or equivalent
  • Teaching and assessing qualification or equivalent experience


  • Recognised qualification in delivering therapeutic inventions
  • Post qualification Master's Degree or equivalent experience



  • Respecting Everyone
  • Embracing Change
  • Recognising Success
  • Working Together

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Bristol Royal Infirmary

Upper Maudlin St,



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