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Mental Health Liaison Practitioner (Basildon)

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per annum + HCA
Closing date
29 May 2024
Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic, highly motivated Mental Health Liaison Practitioner to manage an already established and developing Liaison Psychiatry team in Basildon Hospital . The team provides specialist Mental Health care in a physical health setting, enabling Emergency Departments and wards in the general hospital to assess, manage and support mental health problems as they present or arise among people being cared for within the general health pathway.

Main duties of the job

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Mental Health Liaison Practitioner within the Basildon Liaison Team (Mental Health), based in A& E at Basildon General Hospital. This is an exciting role for a dynamic and enthusiastic individual who has proven clinical experience and a genuine desire to influence and lead clinical practice and service development within the emergency and urgent care mental health pathway.

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description

Job responsibilities

We are seeking
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN) with current registration and qualified to a degree level or equivalent
  • Working knowledge of current mental health legislation and guidance in relation to Safeguarding and Vulnerable Adults.
  • Working knowledge of NICE guidance in the treatment of mental health problems
  • Knowledge of mental health / risk management processes
  • Be able to demonstrate an excellent understanding of clients presenting with physical and mental health co-morbidity issues
  • Overview and knowledge of the range of interventions and services that meet the needs of all Patients including those with Dementia, Delirium, Functional illnesses, self-harm and substance misuse.
  • Be competent in developing and delivering training packages relating to mental health
  • Displays a good understanding of clinical governance and quality improvement
  • Substantial experience as a liaison mental health practitioner at Band 6 level or above.
  • Experience of managing staff and budgets

The above is inclusive, but not an exhaustive list of requirements. For a full break down of the requirements of the role, please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification attached.

Person Specification



  • Professional Qualification (OT, Social Work, RMN).
  • Educated to Degree Level in Health
  • Evidence of personal and professional development in contemporary mental health practice.


  • Allied Health & Mental Health Practitioner (Mental Health Act 1983).
  • Additional Professional Qualification/Experience - Dementia related.



  • Able to take on broader responsibilities to improve own and others knowledge and skills.
  • Evidence of the knowledge and skills in the use of information technology to support care and professional development.
  • Knowledge of the implications of the National Dementia Strategy and NICE Dementia Guidelines.
  • Good awareness of the PLAN standards in relation to CORE 24.
  • Good understanding of the Mental Capacity Act and its application in practice.
  • Good understanding of person centred care and the Recovery Model.
  • Good understanding of national policy and the implications for mental health e.g. crisis care concordat, parity of esteem.
  • Evidence of an understanding of the principle of governance and implications for professionals practice.
  • Evidence of knowledge of professional nursing standards or equivalent.


  • IT competency.
  • Car Driver /able to travel to all required locations and achieve service activity targets.



  • Ability to maintain high standards of work.
  • Able to instil confidence in others in the quality of their own work.
  • Able to champion high standards of professional practice throughout the service area.
  • Evidence of user focus in the organisation, delivery and evaluation of care.
  • Experience in the use of risk assessment tools.
  • Ability to seek ways of improving individual's performance by training, coaching and development.
  • Ability to manage 'difficult' behaviour by listening, showing tolerance and remaining objective.
  • Develop team spirit and inclusivity.
  • Evidence of personal development e.g. in objective setting, time management, skills etc.
  • Ability to plan ways of improving efficiency and cost effectiveness of clinical services.
  • Evidence of ability to prioritise workload and competing demands.

Personal Qualities


  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Evidence of personal development.
  • Ability to provide effective feedback to staff in a constructive manner.
  • Ability to deal sensitively and decisively with conflict management.
  • Ability to build relationships and negotiate satisfactory outcomes.
  • Develop a positive environment which supports continuous improvement.

Additional Qualities


  • Ability to identify barriers to change and developing plans to deal with them.
  • Ability to work positively in uncertain situations.
  • Ability to flexibly and some unsocial hours required.
  • Ability to use own judgement confidently and decisively.
  • Ability to know when to seek the support and guidance of more senior colleagues when necessary.

Employer details

Employer name

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Basildon Mental Health Unit



SS16 5NL

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