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Band 6 Primary Care Liaison Practitioner - Sandalwood Court, Swindon

Employer
Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
Location
Swindon
Salary
£35,392 to £42,618 a year (pro rata)
Closing date
27 May 2024

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Profession
Other Health Profession
Grade
Band 6
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
THIS POST IS AVAILABLE TO ALL APPLICANTS WHO CAN DEMONSTRATE RELEVANT PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION, EDUCATION TO DEGREE LEVEL OR ABILITY TO DEMONSTRATE EQUIVALENT LEVEL OF KNOWLEDGE

PCLS teams are the main integrated referral points into adult secondary mental health services. The teams provide mental health support, brief interventions, advice and signposting for service users and potential users of AWP mental health services, their carers and relatives, GPs, Health and Social Care and third sector.

Our multi-disciplinary team consists of a mix of professionals including Nurses, Occupational therapist, Psychiatrist, non-medical prescribers and Social workers.

Flexible working, compressed hours and blended approach to home working will be considered in line with meeting service need.

Main duties of the job

PCLS work Monday to Friday, operating between the hours of 8am and 6pm offering assessments for adults aged 18 years onwards. The team provides a duty function in which referrals are screened and triaged with multi-disciplinary discussions to support decision making. Practitioners provide comprehensive assessments and psychoeducation to individuals referred through a range of sources.

You will be a team player and someone who is able to show sensitivity and tact as an essential requirement, with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

We invest in all our team members and will support you to develop new skills and training opportunities such as 'brief interventions','Non medical prescribing' and 'management'.

You will join a highly experienced and dedicated multi-disciplinary team who pride themselves on collaborative working. We take a modern approach to working remotely and recently introduced assessments and interventions via Video conferencing platforms.

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

To provide information, proportional assessment and sign posting to patients and their family and carers presenting with mental health problems/needs in community settings.

To foster strong collaborative and trusting working relationships with the referring agent/Primary Care Health Care Professionals underpinned by an educative and solutions focussed philosophy whilst providing them with credible clinical expertise.

This may include:

The promotion and use of additional standardised assessment tools

Promoting the importance of working with, strengths and aspirations of the person referred

The provision of succinct formulations and recommendations (inclusive of risk management advice)

Assessment of or advice on the impact of culture and diversity

Consideration of the respective Primary Care HCPs confidence and capability in relation to The 10 Essential Shared Capabilities (best practice in Mental Health Care).

Best practice advice and support in a broad range of conditions for people with both functional or organic mental health needs

Promotion and recognition of the needs of family and carer/s, including various support networks and third sector agencies

Advice and support on evaluating risk from a positive risk taking perspective

Support and clarity on formulations within a bio-psycho-social model, including people with medically unexplained symptoms

Identifying and ensuring specialist involvement where required

Advice on interventions and treatments required to enable positive change

Support and advice within Safeguarding and public protection procedures where the issues are complicated by mental health problems

Second opinion on complex capacity assessments

To facilitate the development of safe and effective mental health care practice within the primary care setting.

To assist the primary care and secondary mental health teams in the delivery of safe and appropriate care planning processes.

To provide a prompt response to all referrals following jointly agreed procedures and within agreed time frames.

To provide concise and effective liaison and feedback to clinical staff within secondary mental health services and Primary Care teams including advice on effective and appropriate management strategies for those patients referred to the service

To ensure where needed that people experience a seamless transfer into AWP provider/treatment services

To make effective use of the standard liaison approach and structure for assessments according to the SBAR (Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation) format

Following assessment, to provide short- term follow up of patients where appropriate.

To contribute evidence based expertise to multi-disciplinary team care planning processes

To provide effective communication with service users, relatives and carers, Primary Care and Secondary health services.

To advise on medication management issues

To ensure the active involvement of carers during all stages of the assessment process

To provide a prompt response to requests for information and advice.

To ensure appropriate communication, both verbal and written, at all stages of the consultation process.

To promote positive attitudes, mutual understanding and collaboration between non mental health staff and mental health services, users, carers, voluntary agencies, primary care and social services

To provide evidence-based specialist advice on how best to meet the mental health needs of the population for staff of other agencies, service users and carers.

To raise awareness of the effects of physical conditions on the mental health of service users.

To assist and participate in appropriate service development forums.

To provide mentoring/ training for others in relevant practice areas, according to professional requirements, taking a collaborative approach to practice development and evidence-based care.

Demonstrate responsibility for developing own practice in line with professional qualifications and for contributing to the development of others, by making use of and providing, effective feedback, supervision, coaching and appraisal.

To adhere to the NMC professional code of conduct ensuring required skills and competencies required are maintained.

Monitor and maintain health, safety and security of self and others, undertaking assessments and taking appropriate action where required.

Develop own knowledge and practice, and contribute to the development of others, making use of available feedback, supervision and appraisal to identify appropriate areas of development for this work role, taking responsibility for accessing identified learning and training opportunities.

Lead, maintain and participate in practices which enable team working

To maintain the single health and social care record, ensuring both paper and electronic records are kept up to date in accordance with professional and organisational standards.

To assist in the development and implementation of appropriate systems aimed at ensuring a consistent approach to assessment, communication and follow-up

To make appropriate use of time and resources

To participate in clinical audit and service evaluation programmes as required.

To participate in local arrangements where required to manage unexpected staff absences.

Person Specification

Qualification

Essential

  • Professional qualification in mental health equivalent to RMN, Registered Social worker or OT


Registration

Essential

  • Current registration with a professional body and commitment to CPD.


Experience

Essential

  • Front line experience of using advanced assessment skills especially in determining the nature and severity of mental illness/health (functional and organic) and differentiation between physical and mental health symptoms and conditions.


Desirable

  • Experience within a PCLS service and having used Rio.


Knowledge

Essential

  • Able to articulate a detailed understanding of the relevant legal frameworks/legislation including CPA process, Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, and Safeguarding.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of recovery principles and the role of secondary mental health services in the delivery of care


Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

Address

Sandalwood Court

Highworth Road

Swindon

SN3 4WF

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