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Mental Health Liaison Support Worker

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

The CYP Mental Health Liaison team are a new service that went live in March 2023 working closely CAMHS Crisis and enhanced treatment service (CCETT) and the CYP Eating Disorder Service.

The role of the team is to support children and young people (CYP) accessing our medical areas at the hospital, including A& E, paediatrics, and the hospital wards at Lincoln County hospital (LCH) and Pilgrim hospital Boston. (PHB) with a priority of timely face to face assessments as well as well as supporting YP admitted to a ward with a mental health need. We are also building links with ULHT teams with a view to improved joint working and mental health training to their staff.

You will be based with CCETT teams in Boston or Grantham in the day and work closely with adult MH liaison team being based with them at Pilgrim Hospital at night. Shifts will be 08.00am-20:00pm and 19:30pm-7.30am. We welcome part time applicants or those seeking flexible working arrangements.

For any further enquiries please contact Cheryl Goodwin

Main duties of the job

  • Operational hours are shifts over 24 hours, 7 days per week.
  • Provide rapid response to CYP presenting with urgent and emergency mental health presentations- including mental health and eating disorder/disordered eating presentations.
  • Respond to referrals within one hour, triage/assess within 4 hours- Utilise methods available such as phones, Microsoft teams or face to face depending on the location, presentation of CYP and team resources.
  • To provide a high standard of clinical care ensuring safe and effective assessment, treatment and comprehensive discharge planning using highly developed clinical reasoning skills and appropriate assessment tools.
  • To maintain positive working relationships between CAMHS CCETT, Adult MH liaison and ULHT hospital teams.
  • Offer training, support and clinical supervision to paediatric colleagues.

About us

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health services and a number of learning disability, autism and social care services in the county of Lincolnshire. Employing around 2,800 staff, and serving a population of over 766,000, our people lie at the heart of everything we do.

You could be part of a Trust rated by staff as one of the best mental health and learning disability trusts in England. We firmly believe the key to high quality care is a contented workforce. This is reflected in our Care Quality Commission rating of 'outstanding' for well-led and 'good' overall. In the most recent National NHS Staff Survey, our staff rated us as the number one trust nationally for staff morale and one of the top scoring NHS Trusts in the Midlands for being compassionate and inclusive. We're really proud of this!

We offer options for flexible working and provide a wide range of training and promotion opportunities in all professions. We support and celebrate diversity, have active staff networks groups and are always looking at what more we can do to support our staff.

Whether you're taking the first exciting steps in your career, itching for a new challenge or searching for a better place to raise a family, Lincolnshire has arange of rewarding health and social care careers in a county that's friendly, fascinating, affordable and brimming with everything you need to live a happy life to find out more .

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Work with CCETT to complete urgent emergency mental health and risk assessments for CYP presenting at LCH and PHB. Offer a robust triage and assessment service.
  • Build effective relationships within the adult MH liaison team to share skills, good practice and enhance team working.
  • Engage with young people to provide mental health and risk assessment, risk management plans, and taking appropriate therapeutic risk for young people following crisis. Provide full assessment and collaborative care planning for implementation by the multi-disciplinary team, in partnership with young people/carers and other workers involved in care delivery.
  • Provide full assessment and collaborative care planning for implementation by the multi-disciplinary team, in partnership with young people/carers and other workers involved in care delivery.
  • Act on behalf of CAMHS CCETT out of hours and take calls and emergency referrals during the night from SPA, A& E, Paediatrics, 111, ambulance service and the police. Also provide support and guidance to CYP/Families and carers open to the service out of hours.
  • To work with MDT to support discharge planning and prevent further hospital admission (both acute and Tier 4).
  • Work with CCETT to provide rapid triage and assessment across the county when required.
  • To be a link person between Rainforest Ward (LCH), Ward 4 (PHB) and CAMHS/CCETT.
  • To provide Emergency Departments with rapid access to specialist mental health assessment to avoid hospital admission where possible.
  • To provide effective mental health interventions in Emergency Departments, Medical Emergency Admissions Unit (MEAU), pediatric care and Acute Care Hospital Inpatient Wards to improve the quality of care in these environments and reduce length of stay and improve patient flow.
  • To assess carers and families needs and develop, implement and review programs of support for carers and families.
  • Engage families and carers in the triage/assessment and safety planning to get the CYP home.
  • Protect people from abuse, neglect and harm. Work in accordance with relevant childcare, health legislation and professional standards in partnership with wider childrens services and to engage fully with Safeguarding, Common Assessment Framework and other processes which requires working together with other agencies.
  • To work collaboratively and promote effective working relationships with members of the multi-disciplinary team, ensuring effective and appropriate clinical decision-making, with other professionals and agencies.
  • To adhere to N.M.C. or other professional codes of conduct and ethics, plus associated legislation.
  • To demonstrate empowering leadership skills within CAMHS CCETT MDT and seek opportunities in local and national area as to promote and develop the profession.
  • To participate in clinical governance activities, including: Induction, supervision, personal development review, health and safety, risk management and audit.
  • To support and facilitate onward referral/sign-posting to other primary care and specialist MH services including third sector organisations.
  • Proactively involve children/young people and their families/carers in service development including using service questionnaires to obtain structured feedback.
  • Ensure best practice by incorporating NICE guidance and meeting healthcare standards.
  • Adhere to Trust Policies in consideration of Children in Need and safeguarding issues and in maintaining accurate and effective written records.
  • Provide a professional, non-stigmatising service to children/young people and families/carers.
  • To be able to travel independently and work flexibly across the county to support the service, from a designated base.
  • Use outcome measures to evidence effectiveness of treatments provided.
  • Participate in management and clinical supervision.

Person Specification



  • Post graduate professional with current registration. (RMN, RLN, SW, OT)
  • Evidence of specialised continued professional training in clinical practice.


  • Leadership training
  • Training in Dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) or Family systemic practices



  • Relevant experience of working with people with mental health needs.
  • Experience of working with individuals in crisis
  • Experience of working with people with severe and enduring mental illnesses
  • Experience of managing and developing staff including supervision.


  • Experience of working with children and young people



  • Expert knowledge of Child Care legislation, Safeguarding, Mental Health Act, Care Programme Approach and Risk Assessment.
  • Good knowledge of current local and national strategies concerning CAMHS, Children's Services and mental health
  • Good understanding of child and adolescent development, risk assessment and risk management of young people in crisis
  • Experience of using evidence-based practice.
  • Ability to work both as a member of a team and autonomously and to manage own and other colleagues' anxieties.
  • Sound knowledge of clinical/risk assessment and understanding of Information Governance principles
  • Highly developed communication skills.
  • Ability to delegate whilst maintaining overall responsibility for service users care, where appropriate
  • Highly motivated & able to engage with service users & carers to improve outcomes
  • Well-developed IT skills
  • Excellent time management skills, organisational skills, ability to work under pressure and to manage own and other workloads efficiently

Special requirements


  • Able to travel around the county independently and in a timely manner

Employer details

Employer name

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Galaxy Suite, Archway Centre, Boston West Business Park

Sleaford Road


PE21 8EG

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