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Psychiatric Liaison Practitioner

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
4 May 2024
The Psychiatric liaison team is commissioned to a provide mental health service within the Acute hospitals, across the Mid-Yorkshire acute trust Pinderfields General Hospital, Dewsbury District Hospital and Pontefract General Infirmary.

The service provides timely assessments, advice and intervention to those who present in mental health crisis within the acute trust. Referrals are received from the emergency departments, acute inpatient wards and specialist departments.

The team provide a 24 hour liaison service across all the Mid Yorkshire Trust sites, working on 12hour, 2 shift system, covering days and nights. All applicants must be able to undertake all shifts covering these duties. Some flexibility will be essential to ensure service delivery is maintained.

The service offers assessment to any patient in mental health crisis, regardless of age, patients with pre-existing mental health needs and complex co-morbidities.

Main duties of the job

The main duties of the psychiatric liaison practitioner are working within the Mid-Yorkshire Acute trust sites A& E /inpatient wards and departments. Undertaking highly developed skilled assessments, screening and interventions for those who present with identified mental health crisis and co morbid mental health presentations.

The service provides training packages for the team across the Acute trust and delivering this is an expectation of the role.

Successful applicants will be expected to display a range of adaptive skills and leadership qualities, with excellent communication and assessment skills, a good working knowledge of Primary, Secondary and Third sector providers across the localities of Wakefield and North Kirklees.

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

To provide a psychiatric liaison service into Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust sites which will provide assessment, support, advice and training. To provide highly developed and skilled assessment, screening and interventions for a wide variety of Service Users in Acute Trust settings and to signpost and broker Service Users toward relevant and appropriate resources to meet their needs. To be a part of the 24 hour staff rota in order to ensure the service is accessible at all times, referrals are received and screened promptly and face to face assessment are undertaken within 1 hour of referral where urgent. To participate in the provision of staff supervision and professional development.


1.Maintain a continuing knowledge of current good practice and other professional matters.

2.Maintain personal NMC registration or equivalent and ensure adherence to statutory codes of practice.

3.To undertake assessments in Acute Trust settings both independently or within a multi-interdisciplinary framework in respect of service users presenting with mental health problems and/or self-harming behaviours.

4.Together with the Team Manager have involvement in initiatives related to further development of the psychiatric liaison team.

5.To be actively involved in the clinical supervision and professional development review process.

6.Contribute to the provision of information and involvement in changes to working practices in respect of such information.

7.Interpreting complex facts in order to promote a range of options for service users at thepoint of referral and assessment by the team.

8.Provide professional advice to team members and others as appropriate.

9.Ensure that policies, guidelines and practices in the safe custody, administration and recording of drugs are implemented to comply with all legal requirements and are of a high standard.

10.To be involved in clinical team meetings and multi-disciplinary care plan reviews in order to develop and implement individual care pathways.

11.Involvement in quality circle groups where appropriate.

12.Act as an advisor to outside agencies such as police, probation, housing etc. and provide specialist advice around the psychiatric liaison service and mental health issues.

13.Ensure that an evidence based practice approach is utilised in order to meet service user and service needs.

14.Provide, along with other team members, 24 hour cover for the psychiatric liaison service.

15.To dispense, where appropriate, prescribed medications via agreed routes.

16.Maintain own personal safety and the safety of others within the acute care settings inclusive of lone working policies and initiatives.

17.To participate in the ethos of a family friendly, flexible working environment.

18.Where required to participate in the selection and recruitment process.

19.Involvement in the induction and orientation of students and new staff members.


1.Responsible for their own individual day to day performance and that of others within the psychiatric liaison service during periods of duty.

2.To assist the Team Manager in monitoring and evaluating service provision.

3.Exercise positive leadership based upon fair, clear and equitable staff relationships using effective communications.

4.Communicate highly sensitive and complex information to referrers, service users, relatives, carers, and fellow professionals in a professional, empathetic and reassuring manner, taking into consideration barriers that may be present.

5.Act as the first contact point, demonstrating high degrees of clinical knowledge in relation to management of complex symptoms, medications, side and adverse effects, interactions, self-harm and suicide intent and general mental health issues to offer professional advice and manage risk effectively over the telephone, triggering responses where appropriate.

6.To facilitate the signposting and brokering to appropriate services as required.

7.To be involved in interdisciplinary communications and staff meetings to ensure a clear understanding and the promotion of the psychiatric liaison service philosophy.

8.Together with the Team Manager, be involved in the planning, development and review of services and policies within the psychiatric liaison services and to ensure that such policies, procedures, protocols and guidelines are adhered to.

9.Ensuring all staff are aware of customer relation issues and engage where necessary with all service users, carers, relatives and visitors in a professional manner to a high standard.

10.Maintain awareness of research and to participate in such activities if required.

11.To be involved with the production of statistics as required by the Team Manager.

12.Involvement in audit activity where required.

13.Be fully conversant with the Mental Health Act 1983 or future amendments and current implementation. To support Mental Health Act assessments and offer alternative options to admission where appropriate.

14.To be involved in the clinical supervision and professional development review processes.


1.To assist the Team Manager to forge links with tutors and staff within universities in order to promote the team as a suitable placement for learners.

2.Maintain a suitable learning environment for other staff members both within and out with the team.

3.Involvement in the educational and training requirements for outside agencies such as police, probation etc.

4.Maintain a specialist knowledge and expertise in matters pertaining to mental health.

5.Maintain continuous professional development as required by the NMC and other regulatory bodies.
  • To participate in the appraisal system ensuring the yearly action and development plans are established and reviewed.

  • Trust Values:

    The Trust is committed to ensuring the highest standards of care and treatment and expects that all staff treat people e.g, service users, their carers, relatives, friends, colleagues, visitors etc, with dignity and respectat all time. The post holder must all time act in accordance with the Trusts Values:

    Honest, open, transparent


    Person first and in the centre

    Improve and be outstanding

    Relevant today, ready for tomorrow

    Families and carers matter


    Report any concerns regarding the safety or wellbeing of children, adults service users, members of their families etc, in accordance with Trust Policy.

    Prevent and respond appropriately to abuse and understand own role in this by undertaking Safeguarding training.

    Trust policies and commitments to be read in line with the relevant Trust Policy:

    All staff employed by the Trust must comply with the Trusts policies and procedures, undertake appropriate training required for their role and commit to:

    ensure they are aware of the Whistleblowing Policy and how they raise concerns

    maintain confidentiality, in line with the Trusts Confidentiality Policy and Code of Conduct

    understand their personal responsibilities with regards to data quality for any information which they create, use or process in accordance with the The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), The Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) and Trust Data Protection policy

    comply with the provisions of The Trusts Health and Safety Policy and Protocol. Ensuring their own safety and that of colleagues, service users and visitors. Know the action to be taken in the event of a fire and must undertake fire training annually

    receive supervision in line with the Trusts Supervision Policy and an annual Appraisal in line with the Trusts Appraisal Policy, during which mandatory, role specific and personal development needs should be identified and agreed

    understand their responsibilities under the Trusts Equal Opportunities in Employment Policy and ensure that they adhere to the provisions of the policy

    recognise, respect and support the equality diversity of staff, colleagues, service users, carers and the public. Contribute to a working environment which promotes and responds positively to difference and diversity

    ensure they carry out their duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18 years, as issued under Section 11 of The Children Act 2004, by being familiar with and adhering to Trust safeguarding policies and participatingin relevanttraining

    comply with their professional responsibilities to develop their practice and deliver care through a Clinical Governance framework (i.e. CPD, Audit, Supervision)

    demonstrate, through practice and practical understanding, the importance of the continual development of individual, team and service wide quality improvement

    abide by relevant codes of professional practice, with the organisation taking action when codes of conduct are breached

    work flexibly to meet the needs of the service/organisation, whilst working within a culture of progressive employment practices and commitment to the Investors in People (IiP) Standards.

    adhere to the Trusts smoke free policies, which prohibits smoking anywhere on Trust grounds

    being socially responsible by complying with measures that support the Trust in reducing or offsetting our environmental impact

    Identify and report risks, hazards, incidents, accidents and near misses promptly

    In addition to the Trusts own responsibilities under the Health and Social Care Act 2008, Code of Practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance, for your safety, ALL staff (and contractors) are responsible for ensuring their work adheres to this Code in the delivery of safe patient care.

    Person Specification



    • 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).



    • Substantial experience at Band 5/equivalent or above. Management of resources. High degree of experience with service users, relatives, carers and other statutory and non-statutory organisations. Current or recent experience in either an acute inpatient or community setting. Involvement with staff supervision and professional development process.


    • Audit.
    • Research awareness/training.
    • Managerial awareness/training.
    • Expereince of working within psychiatric liaison.



    • Fit to perform as outlined in the job description.
    • Reliability, enthusiasm, motivation, flexible resourcefulness, adaptable.
    • A Current driving licence and access to a car during the working day is essential (reasonable adjustments will be considered for any applicants who are unable to drive due to a disability).
    • Autonomy.
    • Diplomacy.
    • Good team worker.
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