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Primary Care Liaison Practitioner

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 pro rata per annum inclusive of outer London HCAS
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Part Time
We have an exciting opportunity for a Primary Care Liaison Practitioner in our Richmond Wellbeing Service.

The Richmond Wellbeing Service is committed to work in partnership with service users and their carers, as well as with other statutory and non-statutory services. Our aim is to provide strengths based and recovery orientated interventions in order to maximize the quality of life and wellbeing of service users.

The post holder will work exclusively within the Primary Care Liaison Team (PCL) in the London Borough of Richmond. The PCL team is one part of the Richmond Wellbeing Service, working alongside the psychological therapies team, provided within the IAPT Talking Therapies framework.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will promote clinical excellence and expertise in providing care for patients with mild to moderate mental health difficulties and support the delivery of an agreed and coherent, collaborative and co-produced care plan, in keeping with care pathways, operational policies and NICE guidelines. The post holder will deliver services to maximise engagement of service users and support them in achieving their recovery goals. The post holder will be involved in service development and implementation of the requirements of the NHS Long Term Plan and the National Service Framework for Mental Health Standard 2.

About us

We are Proud to Belong at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.

We have expert services, a rich history and a clear commitment to providing the best quality care for those with mental ill-health. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good' - we aspire to be 'outstanding'.

This is a great time to join us. We are transforming the way we care for our communities to support our mission of Making Life Better Together. We have built two brand new mental health facilities at Springfield University Hospital, which are amongst the best in the world. More developments are planned across our sites and services.

We are inclusive and diverse and strive to be actively anti racist. We want to attract people from all backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work we do together. We are proud to co-produce and involve our local communities in all that we do.

We offer flexible working, career development and a variety ofbenefits to enable a positive, welcoming environment in which our people and their careers can thrive.

Come and join our inclusive teams and help our patients on their recovery journey.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To promote clinical excellence and work within the framework of evidence based medicine and best practice.
  • To liaise effectively and pro-actively with GP Practices, Integrated Recovery Hubs/Single Point of Access (SPA), and other voluntary organisations, creating positive working relationships and positive service experience for services user, carers and other professionals.
  • To encourage and support service users and carers involvement in their care and treatment.
  • To work as an effective member of the multi-disciplinary team ensuring effective communication with other team members, other professionals and members of the community.
  • To ensure service users receive a timely and effective Primary Care Mental Health intervention, as agreed by pathways, protocols and NICE guidelines.
  • To ensure referrals are processed appropriately.
  • To deliver comprehensive biopsychosocial assessments, diagnostic formulations and clinical reviews and clinical interventions with and for service users
  • Offering medication reviews and advise to patients, carers and GPs
  • To ensure effective transfer of secondary care service users to Primary care, including service users on depot medication (Depot Enhanced Service). This transfer will be based on detailed clinical reviews and systematic analysis of patients needs which will be undertaken by the post holder.
  • To support GPs and other professionals in primary care with assessing and treating patients by role modelling, facilitating, and training.
  • To deliver consultation, advice and clinical supervision to other members of the clinical team regarding Primary Care service provision.
  • To lead multi-disciplinary and multi-agency clinical meetings when required

  • Person Specification



    • Extensive post qualification experience in relevant field in Mental Health
    • Substantial experience of working autonomously and independently in community settings.
    • Substantial experience in community caseload management and mental health liaison.
    • Experience in working with diverse agencies in a complex environment
    • Experience of working with primary care.


    • Experience of working with people with chronic physical health conditions

    Training & Qualifications


    • Recognised mental health qualification in nursing, social work, occupational therapy or psychology
    • Current Professional Registration
    • Evidence of continual professional development


    • Qualification in a psychological treatment modality
    • Approved to prescribe medication

    Knowledge & Skills


    • Ability to provide structured and focused liaison and consultation to other professionals
    • Ability to organise and prioritise own workload
    • Excellent time management skills
    • Knowledge and understanding of mental health and co morbid chronic physical health issues in Primary Care
    • Good knowledge of psychopharmacology
    • Detailed knowledge of ICD-10 for mental disorders
    • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing about a range of complex issues
    • Highly developed problem solving and conflict resolution skills
    • Ability to use current IT systems and packages for data entry and analysis
    • Ability to analyse and present data in meaningful way

    Employer details

    Employer name

    South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust


    St Johns Health Centre

    Oak Lane


    TW1 3PA

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