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Urgent Care Practitioner (MHLT)

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 pro rata/per annum
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Full Time
This is a fixed term vacancy to cover maternity leave between 01/04/24 and 01/09/24, either 5 months 22.5hrs per week, or 3 months 37.5hrs per week.

You would be joining a well respected and well established team of highly knowledgeable practitioners on a full time fixed-term contract or secondment (to cover maternity leave up to September 2024), working to support those who attend hospital in crisis. The role involves thorough assessment of mental state and of risk, education and challenging stigma, working towards a smoother journey for the person accessing services, and establishing appropriate follow on support.

You'll be joining the MHLT based at St Richard's Hospital providing care under the mental health crisis pathway to meet the needs and preferences for people accessing urgent care. You will have a primary base with the Liaison team covering 24/7 care.

You should be prepared to work shifts which can include long days or nights.

Liaison work with patients in mental health crisis and commonly see people when they are experiencing or have experienced: self-harm, suicidal ideation, the consequences of alcohol and drug use, including when co-occurring with a mental health problem, dementia or delirium, a severe mental illness, or social vulnerability that may have a mental health problem or trauma as a component or root cause, for example, homelessness or domestic abuse.

Main duties of the job

  • Identify, assess and respond to mental health crises in line with national standards that includes working with hospital staff to ensure the patient is safe and supported while waiting for and during an assessment culminating in a collaborative care plan.
  • Treat the symptoms of the mental health crisis in line with NICE recommendations
  • Provide access to ongoing support by offering follow-up care with services that meet needs.
  • Provide service-level support by establishing links with other emergency health and social care services, including those provided by the voluntary sector
  • Provide training to other healthcare professionals who may need to respond to mental health crises
  • Enable data, record and information sharing to ensure rapid, appropriate and safe treatment and follow up and preferences if known.

About us

This is an exciting role that welcomes registered mental health nurses, occupational therapists or social workers with relevant professional registration who possess strong mental health assessment and therapeutic skills. Previous experience of working in acute/crisis mental health services is desirable although not essential.

To protect the health and safety of our staff/workers, patients, and those attending our sites, we encourage our workforce to get fully vaccinated against COVID.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Respond to referrals from A & E and the General Hospital wards, carrying out comprehensive biopsychosocial assessments including risk assessment. To make appropriate clinical decisions based on need.
  • To prioritise work according to urgency of referral and to be able to work both in a team and unsupervised.
  • Signpost appropriately to other services and make appropriate onward referrals.
  • Working closely with relatives and non-mental health colleagues in the general hospital and a wide range of community services in order to facilitate a safe and effective plan of care.
  • All UCPs will have an active role in terms of reducing stigma and challenging the culture and climate for those who have mental health problems, promoting a positive view of mental health and the parity of esteem agenda.
  • To provide effective clinical assessment and intervention that is responsive to service priorities and service user (and carer) needs, minimising the need for admission to a mental health unit, and/or prolonged occupation of general hospital beds.
  • Alongside other team practitioners, provide expert advice and support to the staff of the acute hospitals trust, ensuring that service user and carer needs are met.
  • To be responsible for organising and prioritising own workload related to both referrals into the service and the existing caseload, ensuring service users are offered the most appropriate skills and resources available to the team at any given time.
  • To ensure that all service users on the caseload have an appropriate care plan and risk management plan, which has taken account of service user and carer views, ensuring the regular review of both.
  • To ensure high quality communication and effective relationships within the Urgent Care team, as well as with other mental health services, general hospital colleagues, carers and all other agencies addressed within the role.
  • To work in collaboration with general hospital staff in facilitating effective and timely assessments and interventions for patients who might otherwise require admission to a mental health inpatient unit, or whose discharge from the acute hospital might be delayed whilst awaiting mental health assessment and allocation of appropriate mental health services.
  • To ensure that all discharges from the liaison teams caseload are effective, efficient and all agreed post discharge plans are communicated clearly to all parties involved.
  • To provide teaching and education on mental health and the role of the liaison service as relevant to the liaison role. This will include providing a teaching and educational function to staff within the Acute Hospitals Trust, mental health colleagues and patients/carers.
  • To contribute as appropriate to the Band 6 position to the induction of new team members assisting in ensuring their thorough induction, support and development.
  • To support fully the concept of collaborative and co-operative multi-disciplinary/multi-agency working in the team, supporting the process of partnership working across Sussex Partnership Trust and the general hospitals.
  • To work across the Coastal West Sussex Urgent Care provision flexibly in covering the services within its provision 24/7, as required.
  • To support and contribute to the work of all Urgent Care services as required.
  • To have a working knowledge of the Mental Health Legislation. To include the practical knowledge of FACE documentation and Best Interests decisions.
  • To support nursing students and other students or practitioners on placement within the Urgent Care Service.

Please see attached documents for further information. Alternatively if you have any queries regarding the role please contact us.

Person Specification



  • Registered Mental Nurse, Social Worker or OT
  • Mentorship or equivalent qualifications


  • Experience in Mental Health Liaison



  • Knowledge of the MHA (1983/2007)
  • Knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act (2005) and DOL's


  • Experience working in Urgent Care settings



  • Able to evidence excellent clinical skills and knowledge base
  • Able to evidence excellent assessment skills

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Working Age Mental Health Liaison Team, St Richard's Hospital

Spitalfield Lane


PO19 6SE

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