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Psychiatric Liaison Nurse

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 per annum inc HCAS
Closing date
23 May 2024
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a suitably qualified Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN), to apply for a Band 6 Psychiatric Liaison Nurse position within the Liaison Psychiatry Team. The Team is integrated and provides 24 hours 7 days a week for the over 18 adult liaison psychiatry service to St Mary's Hospital at Paddington in London.

Main duties of the job

The Liaison Psychiatry Team is based at St Marys Hospital site.

The Liaison Psychiatry Team is an integrated mental health team which includes psychiatric liaison nurses, psychiatrists specialising in Liaison Psychiatry, Addiction Practitioners, Hestia/Coves and the British Red Cross providing social and practical support. The team provides assessment and consultation to any patient attending St Marys Hospital. The Team is accredited by the Psychiatric Liaison Accreditation Network (PLAN).

We are looking for a highly motivated, suitably qualified and experienced Psychiatric Liaison Nurse who is a self-starter and can demonstrate clear leadership ability. This position is open to applicants who have post registration experience in liaison psychiatry or extensive experience carrying out assessments in acute and community mental healthcare settings . The specialist nature of this role requires us to appoint a clinician with significant knowledge and experience to this front line clinical position.

Once you have completed the initial extended induction, you will have the authority to discharge from a mental health perspective from the Accident & Emergency Department, the inpatient wards at St Mary's Hospital, as well as work within other new initiatives within the team such as the Mental Health Emergency Assessment Centre (MHEAC).

About us

We are passionate about delivering first-class patient-centred, safe and effective care, whether it is in a hospital setting, in a community clinic or in the patient's own home. Patients are at the heart of everything we do.Providing top quality care depends on our ability to employ the best people.We are always looking to recruit outstanding people who will go the extra mile to support our patients, colleagues, teams and the Trust. With every new employee, we are hoping to find our future leaders and we will support our staff by providing opportunities to develop your career.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description about more information about the role.

You will be expected to have the skills to deal with a very broad range of mental health needs as well as undertaking initial mental health assessments with those whose primary problem may be substance misuse.

You will be required to make clear autonomous decisions based on an analysis of the complex presenting problems and judgements based on available treatment options. This will include those related to the admission and discharge of patients. Once you have completed the initial extended induction, you will have the authority to discharge from a mental health perspective from both the Emergency Department and the inpatient wards at St Mary's Hospital.

Your interpersonal skills will be expected to be excellent and you must be able to confidently communicate at a high level both verbally and in writing. You must be able to demonstrate de-escalation skills with challenging and/or acutely distressed patients in potentially hostile situations.

You will be expected to be a source of mental health knowledge and expertise and be able to provide support to other staff in their day to day management of patients who present with acute psychological distress and acute mental health problems.

Liaison with health professionals at St Mary's Hospital site and with external mental health services will be a key part of the role with the safe discharge or transfer of patients to their local mental health services being paramount.

Person Specification

Training / Qualifications


  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health) on live register
  • ENB 998 or equivalent
  • Evidence of recent relevant professional development


  • Educated to degree or diploma level Nursing, other courses relevant to Liaison Psychiatry
  • RGN



  • Significant post qualification work in psychiatry
  • Experience on an acute adult in patient unit
  • Experience at Band 6
  • Experience in carrying out psychosocial assessments.
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to interpret research and apply to practice


  • Other relevant post-registration experience
  • Audit and research
  • Evidence of an active interest in further professional development

Knowledge and Skills:


  • Clinical leadership skills.
  • Knowledge of change management
  • Ability to prioritise and delegate.
  • Specialist knowledge of mental health disorders as well as their relationship to physical disorders
  • Assessment and treatment of DSH
  • Higher level of communication skills, both written and oral
  • Ability to engage with challenging and / or acutely distressed patients in potentially hostile and / or antagonistic situations and use de-escalation techniques effectively
  • Sufficient clinical knowledge to be able to make autonomous decisions, based on analysis on complex presenting problems and judgement about available options
  • Organisation skills that will enable a number of complex activities and clinical work to be undertaken, revising and adjusting these according to the needs of individual patients and the service
  • Ability to give professional advice and guidance


  • Computer skills



  • Sense of humour
  • Able to manage personal emotions and stress when under pressure.
  • Ability to frequently work under pressure and maintain intense concentration, particularly in unpredictable situations where there will be exposure to highly distressed and / or disturbed patients, often exhibiting challenging behaviours and the risk of physical violence
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Commitment to equal opportunities
  • Ability to accept constructive criticism
  • Self-motivation
  • Exercise initiative, flexibility and tact
  • Willing to use peer and group supervision creatively

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


The Paterson Cabin, St Mary's Hospital

16 South Wharf Road, London, W2 1PF


W2 1PF

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