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MH Practitioner Care Home Liaison

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
Offerton, Stockport
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Service/Ward/Department Summary:

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a suitably qualified and motivated person to join our Community Mental Health Team. This new role will have particular responsibility for assessment and intervention into residential nursing homes.

Role Summary:

The post holder will have extensive experience of working with older people with dementia, preferably in both in-patient and community settings. You will have excellent assessment and communication skills and the ability to work flexibly according to service need.

Main duties of the job

Key Responsibilities of the Post:
  • To offer rapid and skilled assessments to residential and nursing homes, enabling them to meet the needs of residents presenting with complex and challenging problems
  • To develop care plans within these settings, Prioritising non-pharmacological interventions the aim of preventing unnecessary hospitalisation or moves to higher levels of care
  • To manage the work of support workers within the service
  • To build supportive relationships with colleagues across the care sector, working with sensitivity and tact

About us

As part of the wider Older Peoples Mental Health Services an opportunity has arisen for a Mental Health Practitioner to join the Care Home Liaison Team within the Older Peoples Community Mental Health Liaison Service.

This award winning team is based at The Meadows within the borough of Stockport. The service provides a resource into a variety of settings to support a range of disciplines from health, social care and the third sector in order to meet the mental health needs of our service users.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Assessment of residents who are experiencing Behavioural & Psychological symptoms (BPSD) of dementia.

To be able to assess residents presenting with co-morbidities of physical and mental health needs including the impact of medication and infection.

Formulate plans of care and manage the work of support staff in delivering care which may involve modelling care techniques to care home staff.

Building and developing relationships with care providers in residential and nursing settings.

To identify the need for protection in line with the Safeguarding Adults policy and comply with local procedures and relevant training.

To have a thorough understanding of functional and organic illness in older people and management strategies to support residents in a care home setting.

To involve carers and relatives in care planning and decisions related to patient care.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Registered Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social Worker.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development to post graduate diploma level.
  • Mentor qualification or willingness to complete


  • Degree
  • NMP qualification



  • Experience of working within Older Age Services
  • Good working knowledge of physical health problems in the older person and assessment skills in this area
  • Knowledge of medication used in this service user group
  • Ability to monitor effects and side effects


  • Experience of community working
  • Skills training in physical health assessment
  • Experience of delivering training



  • Thorough understanding of dementia and the impact this has on care providers as well as the individual.
  • Understand of the impact of physical health problems for this group of service users, and a knowledge of delirium.
  • Awareness of relevant mental health legislation i.e. MHA/MCA/DoLS
  • Experience of MDT working
  • Proven experience in delivering non-pharmacological interventions in dementia with the aim of reducing medication use.


  • Evidence of management skills/previous supervisory experience
  • Awareness of End of Life issues in dementia care

Skills and Abilities


  • Experience of working in partnership with colleagues/service users/carers and others
  • Skills in a range of evidence based practice
  • Excellent assessment and care planning skills
  • Experience of receiving and utilising clinical supervision
  • Experience of providing supervision
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to provide professional expertise to a variety of stakeholders
  • Ability to work flexibly according to the requirements of the service
  • Competent IT skills


  • Experience in planning and developing services

Work Related Circumstances


  • Must be willing to develop competencies within the scope of professional practice to meet service needs

Employer details

Employer name

Pennine Care NHS FT


The Meadows

Owens Farm Drive

Offerton, Stockport


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