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Mental Health Liaison Team Leader

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year Based on full time hours
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Job Details

We offer a dynamic role to lead and manage a team who work with patients over the age of 18 with either an acute mental health concern, dementia or worsening of a pre-existing mental health condition. The service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

As a service we offer extensive supervision and training to develop your skills. We have weekly complex case discussions to give staff the opportunity to explore specific cases from the previous week. Furthermore, we have daily MDTs to discuss assessments and treatment plans. Our MDTs welcome a variety of different disciplines, including psychologists, social workers, mental health nurses, physical health nurses, psychiatrists, and occupational therapists, all with the aim of improving patient outcomes.

As a registered professional you will automatically become a member of our Academy of Clinical Excellence (ACE) which has a specific focus on the professional development and career progression of our nurses and Allied Health Professionals.

We are a friendly and supportive team, with a very low staff turnover rate. We receive exceptional feedback from our medical and nursing students too. As a service, we are working towards providing a Core 24 Psychiatric Liaison Service in line with the national standards and are seeking enthusiastic professionals to lead the team to achieve this.

Main duties of the job

Liaison Psychiatry is the sub specialty of Psychiatry involving assessment and management of mental health needs related to physical problems and for those with a primary mental health problem in the acute hospital. Clinical presentations span a wide spectrum from organic psychosis, severe depression or somatoform disorder to adjustment reactions, delirium, dementia and abnormal health behaviour.

This service aims to provide acute hospital staff with specialist advice on the management of psychological problems. The team prioritises on risk, location and complexity of referrals and coordinates resources appropriately. Autonomous working, diagnostic skills, formulation, and comprehensive risk assessment are important to make a safe management and discharge plan.

About us

Southern Health is one of the largest NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health and learning disabilities, as well as offering physical health community-based services.

With a workforce of more than 7000 and a footprint that spans more than 200 sites across Hampshire, we're wholeheartedly committed to providing the best possible healthcare, reaching a range of diverse communities, whilst placing patients and staff at the forefront of all our endeavours.

We are currently working closely with other NHS Trusts to integrate all our collective community, mental health, and learning disability services. Our new organisation, to be known as Hampshire and Isle of Wight NHS Foundation Trust, is set to launch in July 2024.

The transformation will happen in staggered stages Hampshire CAMHS, part of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust joined Southern Health in February 2024, with Isle of Wight NHS Trust mental health and community services transitioning in early May 2024. The final combination of Southern Health and Solent Trusts is anticipated to occur in July 2024, when the new organisation will be formed.

Our new Trust will continue to cater to the unique needs of different communities, making healthcare across the county more accessible, as well as offering staff more opportunities for career development, training and partnership working.

Join us as we embark on this exciting journey to shape the future of healthcare in Hampshire.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Further information about the Trust and this role can be found on the Job Description and Person Specification document attached.

We are happy to talk Flexible Working - all requests for flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process.

Person Specification



  • Appropriate relevant professional qualification e.g. Mental Health Nurse, SW, OTAppropriate registrationEvidence of other development and/or training which indicates a commitment to continuous development and preparation for management

Employer details

Employer name

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust


Queen Alexandra Hospital

South Block, Southwick Hill




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