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Band 6 Older Adult Hospital Liaison Practitioner - Victoria Centre

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
24 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time

You will hold an appropriate professional registration (NMC, HCPC etc) , will have a strong proven clinical knowledge within mental health and demonstrate ongoing professional development. Previous experience of working with older adults and adults of working age is desirable.

The role will include use of computer systems so proficient use of IT is necessary.

This is an exciting opportunity to have an impact on the quality of mental health care for patients requiring specialist assessment at the Great Western Hospital. By joining the Hospital Liaison Team based at the Victoria Centre in Swindon you will be providing assessment for people across the age range with mental health illness, including dementia, who are admitted to the Great Western Hospital (GWH).

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will work within the specialist Older Adult Liaison Team. You will provide a responsive, needs-led mental health assessment and formulate and deliver short-term interventions for individuals presenting to the team with a range of mental health problems.

Referrals originate from a wide range of sources and high quality interdisciplinary communication is essential.

There will also be a teaching, education and support role, assisting non-mental health staff to respond to mental health needs more effectively in a range of settings.

This is a challenging, but rewarding post, within a small PLAN Accredited team who are extremely proud of the high quality, compassionate assessment and care they deliver in collaboration with service users their families and health and social care services.

The team facilitate placements for students from a range of health professions.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust): a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care.

We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B& NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.

Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Job description

Job responsibilities

1. Liaison and consultation

1.1 Be responsible for the full assessment of patients presenting withDementia and a range of undifferentiated mental health and psychologicalproblems. As a result of this assessment, you will be responsible for thedevelopment, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care,without direct supervision.1.2 Provide a comprehensive consultation-liaison service to clinical teams,assisting them to formulate appropriate plans of care and make decisionsin cases where patients may be exhibiting complex needs and/orchallenging behaviours.1.3 Contribute to effective case management for individual patients andcarers, including facilitating meetings, liaising and/or negotiating with other staff.1.4 Promote a positive attitude regarding mental health across the generalhospital and residential care home settings.

2. Clinical practice

2.1 Utilise a range of clinical skills appropriate to the individual patient's needs and the clinical setting.2.2 Undertake specialist psychosocial assessments with patients presenting with complex physical and mental health needs highly developed riskassessment and management skills are required in order to undertake thisfunction effectively.2.3 Prompt referral on to secondary mental health services, social servicesand third sector organisations as appropriate.2.4 Flexible, needs-based follow-up of individuals until ongoing carearrangements are agreed and in place2.5 Concise, effective liaison and feedback to clinical staff within the various settings regarding advice on appropriate management strategies for individuals referred.2.6 Effective liaison and communication with patients, relatives, carers,primary health care and secondary mental health services.2.8 Role model clinical excellence and high standards of nursing practice toother staff.2.9 Initiate, participate in and oversee effective implementation andadministration of the Mental Health Act (1983), and the Mental Capacity Act (2005), including the use of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and BestInterest Decision making process

3. Communication

3.1 Demonstrate the ability to receive and give complex clinical information clearly and effectively in a timely manner.3.2 Demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly and sensitively insituations that may be hostile and/or contentious.3.3 Demonstrate a high level of interpersonal skills, self-awareness andempathy in communications and interactions with patients, carers and other staff.

4. Management

4.1 Following negotiation, take responsibility for agreed clinical andmanagerial projects associated with the provision of the service.4.2 Ensure the promotion of the health and safety, well-being and interests of patients, staff and visitors that come into contact with the service and itsenvirons.4.3 At all times adhere to the NMC Code of Professional Conduct.4.4 Supervise, monitor and appraise the performance of registered andunregistered staff within sphere of responsibility.4.5 Take charge of the clinical service in the absence of the person who hascontinuing responsibility.

5. Audit and evaluation

5.1 Participate in the delivery of appropriate audit, evaluation projects andservice development (including data collection where appropriate).

6. Education

6.1 Actively participate in the identification of own learning and educational needs and demonstrate achievement against personal development plans (PDPs).6.2 Participate in the mentoring and education of a range of students onplacement.6.3 Act as a mentor and preceptor, when appropriate.6.4 Participate in the planning, development and delivery of multi-professional education programmes and training sessions for a range of clinical and managerial staff.6.5 Provide clinical supervision to colleagues and students, as required.

7. Quality and Effectiveness

7.1 Promote and encourage user and carer feedback regarding the service.7.2 Participate in and undertake appraisal and clinical supervision.7.3 Adhere to relevant trust health and safety and clinical policies.

Person Specification



  • Relevant Professional Registration i.e NMC, HCPC etc.
  • Evidence of professional updating and development in the nursing care of patients in an acute or community setting.


  • Teaching & Assessing qualification (or equivalent).



  • Experience of practicing in acute, community or rehabilitation mental health settings.
  • Experience of practicing in specialist dementia and older people's settings - either in patient, residential or community


  • Experience of practicing in a mental health liaison setting.



  • Knowledge of the various approaches to mental health assessment.

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Victoria Centre



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