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Liaison Psychiatry Practitioner

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year p.a.
Closing date
29 May 2024
Please ensure that you have read the Job Description and Person Specification fully before applying.Are you an established Registered Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social Worker looking to grow your skill set? Our Liaison Psychiatry Service based within UHD would love for you to join their team!

As a Liaison Psychiatry Practitioner you will be confident in your risk assessment skills, have excellent communication and work autonomously. Previous work within an acute, CMHT and/or crisis home treatment team with clinical skills relating to crisis management and assessment are essential. You will assess patients with mental health needs, self harm, presenting with psychosomatic disorders or a psychiatric crisis who are referred from a variety of sources including the Emergency Department and wards within the hospital.

In return you will get the innovative experience to work within the new hospital developments at the UHD sites. You will work in a well-established supportive team and have the opportunity to attend courses which support your individual development and growth as a practitioner.

This post is a full-time role but we would welcome part time applicants with a minimum of 22.5 hours. The service is 24/7 with shift patterns which include weekends, nights, and public holidays.

Shift Patterns:

Early - 7:30 - 15:30

Late - 13:00 - 21:00

Long day - 7:30 to 21:00

Nights - 20:30 - 8:00

Weekend and public holidays are at enhanced pay! Parking permit included!

Main duties of the job

You will be required to work effectively with both the multidisciplinary team, our Acute Hospital colleagues based in the general hospital, other mental health services and external supporting agencies.

You will be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the legislation, polices and guidance which underpin our clinical practice.

By joining Liaison Psychiatry as a Practitioner you will be offered a comprehensive induction period before starting in the role and be part of a continued developing service. You will be involved in team meetings, case presentations, reflective practice and receive regular group and individual supervision.

We strongly recommend and welcome informal discussions and visits to meet the team, please contact Lerrin Andrews - Team Leader on 0300 019 3074 or email

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

As part of our vision to have a skilled, diverse and caring workforce, Dorset HealthCare is working in partnership with The Princes Trust to support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we are offering an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. If you would like or know of anyone who would value this support please do contact

If you are interested in moving to Dorset, we also offer a generous relocation package of up to �5,000. For further details on relocation expenses please email

Secondment also available for this role and for those with current NHS service. Please obtain permission to be released on a secondment before submitting an application.

Person Specification

Knowledge, Skills and Training


  • ENB 998 or equivalent teaching and accessing qualification. Ability to act as practice supervisor / assessor or equivalent.
  • RMN with current NMC registration or Occupational Therapist with HCPC registration or Social Worker with HCPC registration.


  • Clinical Supervision training
  • Qualification in Psychosocial Interventions/CBT

Job Specific Experience


  • Significant post registration experience working with clients with severe and enduring mental illness
  • Experience of assessing, planning and implementing programmes of care, particularly in an acute or community setting
  • Evidence of effective team working and the ability to work autonomously
  • Ability to undertake comprehensive mental health and risk assessments and implement risk management plans


  • Community Mental Health Team experience or equivalent

Information Technology


  • Basic skills and knowledge of information technology, e.g. familiar with use of Patient Administration Systems, Email and Word Documents

Personal Qualities/ Attributes


  • The ability to work under pressure in acute situations without supervision
  • Demonstrate an ability to negotiate and problem solve in contentious and/or antagonistic situations where agreement is required, or communicate clear decisions and rationale where agreement cannot be reached, e.g. in situations where the Mental Health Act may be required
  • Subject to the provisions of the Equality Act, able to travel using own vehicle on Trust business

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Poole Hospital

Longfleet Road


BH15 2JB

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