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Psychiatric Liaison Nurse

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
24 May 2024

Job Details

Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to join the innovative Liaison Service?

The liaison psychiatry service aims to provide mental health advice and support to individuals receiving care and treatment at any of the general hospitals in Kent and Medway. The teams work closely with their General Hospital colleagues to ensure that mental health and wellbeing is effectively treated alongside any physical health needs.The general hospital staff can refer anyone over the age of 18 who attends A& E or is an inpatient on a medical or surgical ward. The team can then offer advice, support or a full mental and psychical health assessment as appropriate.

Are you highly motivated and a qualified Mental Health Nurse or Occupational Therapist?

If you are then this may be the opportunity you have been waiting for, there are Full-time and part-time posts available in: Pembury

Part time posts will also be considered where possible.

Main duties of the job

  • To work as part of a psychiatric liaison team providing a liaison and assessment service 7 days per week that will involve working unsocial hours and public holidays.
  • Offer an assessment service to patients aged 18+ (with no upper age limit) presenting at the general hospital with a broad range of mental health and psychological problems, and diagnosed psychiatric illnesses.
  • Providing a mental health consultation, liaison and advice service throughout the departments.
  • Delivering a range of evidence based psychosocial interventions to individual patients as required.
  • Assisting and supporting general hospital colleagues in making decisions about treatment and care in complex situations.
  • Providing formal and informal education and case consultation to registered and unregistered staff.
  • Representing mental health services within the Hospitals.
  • Providing a communication structure between secondary mental health services, primary care and non-statutory services, as a means of ensuring the highest possible standards of patient care.

About us

Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Daily promotion of a positive, supportive and non-stigmatizing culture in relation to mental ill health and psychiatric illnesses
  • To provide psychosocial assessment of patients presenting with a broad range of mental health, psychological problems and psychiatric illnesses encompassing highly developed risk assessment and management skills
  • Daily provision of a wide range of clinical skills and psychosocial interventions to patients who present with mental health problems in line with NIMHE, NICE and NHS guidance
  • Daily provision of a comprehensive mental health consultation-liaison service to clinical teams providing clear and concise advice regarding the appropriate management of individuals referred
  • Provide regular assistance to clinical teams in the formulation of appropriate plans of care or decision making where patients are exhibiting complex needs with a mental health component
  • To develop protocols and care pathways for the treatment and referral of people with mental ill health based on national and local guidelines/policy
  • To regularly provide prompt referrals to statutory and non-statutory agencies utilising a wide range of follow up options in line with the principles of the recovery model and social inclusion
  • Maintain accurate written records and statistics to ensure that service user details and details of care given are recorded in notes and on the trust database(s) in line with trust policy
  • Ensure the physical health needs of service users are met, including advice, support and health education to both service users and carers
  • Provide and receive complex and sensitive information from service users, carers or other professionals and agencies, on a daily basis
  • Ensure that psychological intervention or treatment is offered to service users as outlined in National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines
  • Work with and support other members of the multi-disciplinary team, using clinical judgements in the absence of key members of the team, including medical staff
  • Ability to access profession specific CPD activities that support professional registration
  • Ability and commitment to access professional supervision
  • Regular participation in quality assurance initiatives with the emphasis on service development and user satisfaction
  • Personal responsibility for completion of specific clinical projects undertaking all the necessary tasks such as facilitating meetings, liaison or negotiation with other staff/stakeholders
  • Personal accountability to ensure that clinical practice accords to local policy, national policy and professional code of conduct
  • Regular integration and liaison with Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Teams including clinical practice
  • Facilitate and formulate the delivery of care
  • Undertaking other duties as appropriate to the post as requested by senior managers

Please see job description for full details.

Person Specification

Training and Qualifications


  • Registered Professional Qualification in Mental Health Nursing or Occupational Therapy including registration with the relevant regulatory body.
  • If not a qualified mentor, commitment to work towards this


  • Registered General Nurse (as a dual trained practitioner)
  • Post Graduate Degree/Masters programme
  • Qualified Mentor (998 or equivalent)/ Accredited Practice Educator (APPLE programme for OT).



  • Experience of liaising with a variety of stakeholders both internal and external to the mental health trust
  • Minimum of 18 months post qualification practice experience in mental health - any age


  • Experience of leading service developments
  • Experience of clinical audit and research

Knowledge & Skills


  • Up to date knowledge of national and local guidance relevant to liaison psychiatry (e.g. Parity of esteem agenda, Crisis Care Concordat, National Suicide Prevention Strategy, Relevant NICE Guidelines)
  • A working knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act and Mental Health Act, Duty of Candour
  • Knowledge of the effects of physical health and long term conditions on mental health and wellbeing
  • Interpersonal skills: good communicator, problem solving abilities, calm under pressure, engaging, alignment with KMPT values. Ability to work according to Trust Values at all times, especially in complex and challenging situations
  • Clinical skills: Robust mental health needs assessment, including risk and Mental State Examination/Formulation ability.
  • Training: Ability to deliver in ad hoc and formal education sessions
  • Information Technology: Ability to use IT systems effectively and in a timely way
  • Travelling: Ability to travel between sites in a timely manner

Employer details

Employer name

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust


Tunbridge Wells Hospital

Tonbridge Road



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