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Mental Health Liaison Practitioner

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
24 May 2024
We are looking for Mental Health Practitioners with experience with the patient groups to which the service will be delivered. It is expected that your primary role will be to carry out comprehensive Bio-Psychosocial Assessments in line with NICE Guidelines and Evidence Based Treatment Pathways for persons presenting to the Acute hospital. You will need to demonstrate high functioning in risk management, communication skills, and exceptional personal qualities to deliver high-quality care and assessment to patients.

This post will provide operational support as part of our Mental Health Liaison Service (MHLS) working in partnership with United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, and aims to provide emergency and urgent mental health support to people in A& E and General Wards. It will also review and signpost those who have been admitted with regards to CAMHS and drug & alcohol related mental health needs.

Furthermore, we require those who can demonstrate strong values to create and foster a culture that supports and enables the development of the Liaison Service. We need individuals who are dynamic, passionate, and committed to achieving quality outcomes that will ensure, above all else, that the needs of the patient are paramount in everything we do.

For further details please contact either Debbie Judge (Clinical Lead) 07812 483486 or 01205 445153


Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for the assessment of and appropriate liaison for a defined group of service users (16 +) admitted to Hospital. The post holder will provide assessment and professional advice as well as support to the Emergency Department and Wards, staff/teams and all other relevant agencies to ensure that any patients with mental health needs have a timely admission and are linked into appropriate LPFT teams/services upon their discharge if appropriate.

About us

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health services and a number of learning disability, autism and social care services in the county of Lincolnshire. Employing around 2,900 staff, and serving a population of over 768,400, our people lie at the heart of everything we do.

You could be part of a Trust rated by staff as one of the best mental health and learning disability trusts in England. We firmly believe the key to high quality care is a contented workforce. This is reflected in our Care Quality Commission rating of 'outstanding' for well-led and 'good' overall. In the most recent National NHS Staff Survey, our staff rated us as the number one trust nationally for staff morale and one of the top scoring NHS Trusts in the Midlands for being compassionate and inclusive. We're really proud of this!

We offer options for flexible working and provide a wide range of training and promotion opportunities in all professions. We support and celebrate diversity, have active staff networks groups and are always looking at what more we can do to support our staff.

Whether you're taking the first exciting steps in your career, itching for a new challenge or searching for a better place to raise a family, Lincolnshire has arange of rewarding health and social care careers in a county that's friendly, fascinating, affordable and brimming with everything you need to live a happy life . Visit beinlincolnshire.comto find out more.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide a high standard of clinical care ensuring safe and effective assessment, treatment and comprehensive discharge planning using highly developed clinical reasoning skills and appropriate assessment tools.
  • Operational hours are over 24 hours, 7 days a week.
  • To delegate aspects of the patient treatment plan to other members of the team, whilst maintaining overall responsibility for patients care, where appropriate.
  • To manage case-load and service delivery in accordance with and in order to contribute towards the attainment of Service/Trust productivity requirements. (Key Performance Indicators)
  • Work with individuals to assess their mental health, recognise mental illness and identify their related needs and circumstances and enable them to understand, manage and where appropriate change their behaviour.
  • Plan, implement, review and improve interventions to meet peoples identified needs and manage their inherent risk with comprehensive Clinical Risk Formulation
  • To assess carers and families needs and develop, implement and review programs of support for carers and families.
  • Protect people from abuse, neglect and harm.
  • To work collaboratively and promote effective working relationships with members of the multi-disciplinary team, ensuring effective and appropriate clinical decision-making, with other professionals and agencies.
  • To maintain accurate and timely clinical records and to co-ordinate and monitor those of the team.
  • To adhere to N.M.C. or other professional codes of conduct and ethics, plus associated legislation.
  • To develop clinical practice having due regard for the NICE Guidelines for Liaison Psychiatry 2016
  • To demonstrate empowering leadership skills within the Mental Health Liaison Team and seek opportunities in local and national area as to promote and develop the profession.
  • To participate in Clinical Governance activities, including induction, supervision, personal development review, health and safety, risk management and audit.

Person Specification

Skills & Competences


  • Excellent assessment and risk management skills
  • Demonstrating supportive and sensitive communication to patients, carers and staff, whilst demonstrating an understanding of the nature and effects of some information Highly motivated & able to engage with service users & carers to improve outcomes.
  • Highly developed clinical reasoning skills
  • Ability to engage with patients experiencing High Expressed Emotion
  • Experience of working with patients who have self harming behaviours
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act and MCA (2005)
  • Evidence of continued professional development
  • Moderate IT skills including use of multiple clinical systems


  • Knowledge of current agenda and guidance towards Mental Health Liaison



  • Relevant experience of working with people with mental health needs, especially dementia and older adults.
  • Or substantial experience of working with individuals in crisis
  • Sufficient clinical knowledge to be able to make autonomous decisions based upon an analysis of complex presenting problems and judgement about available options
  • Sound knowledge of clinical/risk assessment and understanding of Information Governance principles
  • An understanding of the impact physical ill health can have upon mental health
  • Ability to work independently and collectively


  • Mentorship qualification or training
  • ENB998 / FliPS or equivalent
  • Experience of working within a Hospital Liaison environment
  • Working knowledge of Assessment tools
  • Working with people who have suicidal ideation
  • Working within a multi-disciplinary approach to healthcare
  • Experience of teaching in a formal or informal setting



  • RMN, Social Work or Occupational Therapist. Professional Registration (NMC) or degree or equivalent to profession


  • Evidence of specialised continued professional training in clinical practice
  • Educated to degree or diploma level

Employer details

Employer name

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Mental Health Liaison Service, Department of Psychiatry, Pilgrim Hospital

Sibsey Road


PE21 9QS

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