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Consultant Psychiatrist - Old Age Mental Health Liaison

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£99,532 to £131,964 per annum
Closing date
17 Jul 2024
Working within our old age mental health liaison team at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital site, delivering assessment and treatment to Older Adult Patients based on the Acute Hospital Inpatient wards and AED.

The mental health liaison team is a well-established multidisciplinary service looking after patients with severe and enduring mental illness and complex needs.

Your workload will comprise attending daily team meetings, assessing and providing expert advice for, and in relation to, patients on the wards delivering training and supervision to the team and the wider hospital staff group, as well as participating in service delivery activities.

You will be expected to take a lead in ongoing developments in the community mental health team and support the Trust's strategic aims of delivering Perfect Care.

Main duties of the job

Mental Health Liaison is an integral part of the 24/7 Urgent Care Model. The post holder will carry no responsibility for psychiatric inpatients.

You will assess urgent referrals from the inpatient wards.

You will demonstrate an understanding of the interface between physical illness and mental illness undertake diagnosis and formulation of management plans in complex cases advise medical teams on appropriate integrated care and assess and manage risk (e.g. suicide risk, violence/aggression, absconding) relating to psychiatric conditions in general hospital settings.

You will provide advice on prescribing to medical teams on psychotropic medication provide expertise, and fulfil a statutory role, in managing medico-legal issues in the general hospital, including application of mental health and mental capacity legislation understand the medical issues in assessing patients with medically unexplained symptoms and understand the medical issues in mental health patients associated with long-term conditions.

You will collaborate with medical colleagues to ensure availability for emergency liaison assessments through the daytime (9am to 5pm) and also to provide cross-cover during periods of annual/study leave.

You will assess and manage patients under the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 1.4 million people across our region and are also commissioned for services that cover the North West, North Wales and the Midlands.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Consultant psychiatrist responsible for providing clinical leadership.

Your role will include assessment of urgent referrals from the inpatient wards. Medical support is provided for more complex cases and those requiring the specific skills of a liaison psychiatrist. This will include leading on the training of other hospital staff and interacting with other medical professionals throughout the hospital.

To supervise and support team members who carry out assessments of patients referred to the team.

To carry out comprehensive psychiatric assessments and provide treatment for patients.

Supporting staff to manage psychiatric emergencies

To conduct patient reviews and lead Multidisciplinary reviews and multi-professional meetings

To be the responsible clinician for the purposes of the Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007) and carry out duties in accordance to the code of practice.

To carry out comprehensive Risk Assessments and participate in Trusts risk management processes such as Health Risk Assessment and Management Meetings (H-RAMM)

To provide medical leadership to the team

Please see job description for further details.

Person Specification



  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification


  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management.
  • MRCPsych OR MRCPsych equivalent
  • Additional clinical qualifications eg Diploma of Geriatric Medicine



  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise at the time of appointment
  • Included on the GMC Specialist Register OR within six months.
  • Approved under S12 OR able to achieve with 3 months of appointment
  • Approved clinician status OR able to achieve within 3 months of appointment


  • Experience of working in old age psychiatry
  • CCT in Old Age and General Adult Psychiatry/Medical Psychotherapy/Clinical Skills in Gerontology
  • In good standing with GMC with respect to warning and conditions on practice



  • Holds and will use valid UK driving licence OR provides evidence of proposed alternative

Clinical Skills,Knowledge & Experience


  • Minimum 4 years post registration training, 2 of which should be in in psychiatry
  • Excellent clinical skills using bio-psycho-social perspective and wide medical knowledge
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Able to manage clinical complexity and uncertainty
  • Makes decisions based on evidence and experience including the contribution of others
  • Knowledge of Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Acts
  • Ability to work constructively in and to lead a multidisciplinary team


  • Experience of carrying out clinical responsibilities within the older people's mental health setting and experience of managing physical illnesses in the elderly

Academic Skills & Lifelong Learning


  • Able to deliver undergraduate or postgraduate teaching and training
  • Participated in continuous professional development
  • Participated in research or service evaluation
  • Able to use and appraise clinical evidence
  • Has actively participated in clinical audit


  • Able to plan and deliver undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training relevant to this post
  • Reflected on purpose of CPD undertaken
  • Experienced in clinical research and / or service evaluation
  • Evidence of achievement in education, research, audit and service improvement: awards, prizes
  • Has led clinical audits leading to service change

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Liverpool University Hospital

Prescot Street


L7 8XP

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