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Mental Health Liaison Practitioner

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum prorata
Closing date
21 May 2024
The Psychological Medicine Service in Stockport was established in 2017 to improve the psychological care of people with complex physical and mental health needs. The service has been responsible for development of services which have had some national recognition and a highly positive local evaluation.

'Psychological Medicine in Primary Care' (PMPC) is a well established team in Stockport The appointee will be part of an innovative team leading service developments alongside local health and social care providers.

This role will be an exciting challenge for mental health nurses, occupational therapists or social workers who are keen to work with patients with complex mental and physical healthcare needs. The successful person will be working across Stockport, working with colleagues from psychiatry and psychology. The post holder will be vital to the delivery of whole patient care.

Main duties of the job

The postholder will carry a relatively small caseload, and will liaise closely with other healthcare professionals and colleagues to provide effective joined up management of patient care through education, consultation, assessment and joint working of cases. The primary focus of this team will be patients with persistent physical symptoms and patients with complex mental health needs which are affecting their presentation to health and social care teams.

The post holder will act as a representative of mental health services within an identified neighbourhood multi-disciplinary team, providing specialist advice and support in relation to colleague interactions with patients.

Working within the team, they will advise on suitability of new referrals, assessments, offering interventions for adults with complex mental health presentations and complex comorbid mental and physical health.

The post holder will be a qualified mental health nurse, OT or social worker with demonstrable experience in working in a mental health setting. She or he will have specialist knowledge of working with patients with complex mental health needs or with patients with complex comorbid physical and mental health problems, and will ideally have an understanding of different psychological therapies and how these can benefit patients. Experience of MDT working and working in a primary care setting is also essential to this role.

About us

We are proud to provide high quality mental health and learning disability services, both inpatient and in the community across five boroughs of Greater Manchester - Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport and Tameside and Glossop.

Our vision is for a happier and more hopeful life for everyone in our communities and our staff work hard to deliver the very best care for the people who use our services. We're really proud of our#PennineCarePeopleand do everything we can to make sure we're a great place to work.

All individuals regardless of race, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership are encouraged to apply for this post. We would also encourage applications from individuals with a lived experience of mental illness, either individually or as a carer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification to support your application for this post. Please refer to the essential criteria in the person specification which will highlight the skills, knowledge and experience you will need to demonstrate in your application, by way of example, to give yourself the best opportunity to be shortlisted.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • RMN /Social Worker/OT
  • Demonstrable post qualification experience in mental health
  • Willingness to undertake further training relevant to the practitioner role resulting from legislative or service changes, as appropriate.
  • Accredited or registered relevant professional body
  • Short courses and experience to post graduate diploma level
  • Specialist knowledge of complex comorbid physical and mental health issues/complex mental health issues underpinned by evidence based practice.


  • Post graduate diploma
  • PSI Training
  • Understanding of psychological therapy approaches and how these may benefit patients with complex needs.



  • Experience in working with people with complex and severe mental health needs
  • Extensive knowledge/experience in social inclusion and recovery model of care.
  • Knowledge of mental health legislation


  • Experience of managing or participating in change or development of new services
  • Knowledge of the impact of physical ill health on mental wellbeing



  • Experience of supervision
  • Experience of working in a community or primary care setting
  • Experience of MDT working
  • Experience of working with people with co-morbid physical symptoms and mental health


  • Experience of working in a community setting is preferred.
  • Experience of representing mental health services with GP practice and primary care staff

Skills and Abilities


  • Ability to undertake comprehensive assessments of need and risk for patients with multiple/complex issues
  • Ability to formulate care plans and risk management plans
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a MDT.
  • Ability to supervise or advise practice and primary care staff, or trainees within own team
  • Effective time management
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Recording relevant documentation to a professional standard.
  • Ability to communicate informally and develop supportive relationships with clients, carers and other professionals
  • Utilise the supervision process.
  • Ability to value diversity and respond constructively to discriminatory behaviour.
  • Ability to provide professional expertise in the care of mental health service users.
  • Ability to provide appropriate education and training to peers and assistant as appropriate.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Flexible and adaptable


  • Commitment to professional development

Work Related Circumstances


  • Use of a car or access to a means of mobility to travel across the Trust footprint in line with service needs
  • Willing to carry out all duties and responsibilities of the post in accordance with the Trust's Equal Opportunities and Equality and Diversity policies
  • Appointments to regulated and controlled activities require an enhanced DBS disclosure.


  • Experience of working in the community with clients who present with complex emotional and relational needs.
  • Training in the relational model of working and having an interest in this area.

Employer details

Employer name

Pennine Care NHS FT


Across Stockport - Hollins House

Memorial Park



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