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Mental Health Liaison Practitioner - Incentives Apply

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
9 Jul 2024
Worthing Mental Health Liaison Practitioner Service (MHLP) currently has an exciting opportunity for 0.6 WTE. Applications are welcome from Registered Mental Health Nurses/Social Workers or Occupational Therapists.

Worthing is a lively and friendly team where you will be offered mentorship and supervision from senior professional lead colleagues, dependent on your quialification, active management support and the chance to undertake training courses relevant to your professional practice.You will also have access to regular professional supervision.

This post offers the Trust's �4,000 Incentive for band 5-7 Nurses & Practitioners, as well as a relocation package up to a maximum of �8,000 (subject to terms and conditions).

Hours of work are generally between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Friday.

Main duties of the job

To work as part of the Secondary Mental Health Care Service, acting as a link clinician to primary care teams. Clinical work will be carried out within largely from our base which is situated in Worthing. There will be occasions when you are required to see people in there home setting.

To work with GPs and primary care teams, specifically colleagues in IAPT (Health in Mind), providing support, advice, consultation and shared care for adults, regardless of age and diagnosis, presenting with a functional mental illness, to enable safe management of clients within primary care.

To work in partnership with GPs and other primary care colleagues around individual patients and to work jointly with them to develop care plans for the client.

To assess individuals with complex presentations, prior to referral to secondary care and if required, directing them into the appropriate specialist service within secondary care ensuring they are not passed between services.

We continue to be part of Community Mental Health Transformation Plans and we strive to work closely with new and developing services including Emotional Wellbeing Services, Pathfinders and our VCS.

About us

Our organisation is expanding and we're looking for people with the right values, skills and/or potential to join us. We need people with energy, expertise, enthusiasm to help us provide the very best possible specialist NHS mental health and learning disability care. This involves helping us achieve our strategy to improve the quality of life for the communities we serve through People, Prevention and Partnerships.

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

MAIN DUTIES :Clinical1. The post-holder will be both a member of a number of GP led primary care teams and a member of secondary care mental health services.2. To undertake screening and assessment of patients with mental health problems referred by GPs to determine the most appropriate intervention and offer support and advice using the philosophy of least intervention possible and of a recovery, strength based approach.3. To support GPs and primary care teams in assessing and managing risk.4. To facilitate the patients journey to secondary services and other statutory services as needed including acting as broker between secondary care services to avoid clients being bounced around teams.5. To be aware of service users with complex needs who are discharged from secondary care to primary care, and to liaise with their GPs to ensure that the discharge is well managed.6. To support and work alongside GPs in the implementation of patient-centred care packages and treatment for use within primary care.7. To support GPs with issues relating to medication, and to liaise with psychiatry colleagues about medication advice and diagnostic advice as required.8. To contribute to the development of assessment skills of other practitioners in primary care to promote more accurate identification of mental health problems.9. To provide, where required, supervision for students and other mental health trainees.10. To ensure that clinical practice is evidence-based and consistent with relevant NICE Guidelines, and Trust policies and procedures.11. To work in a flexible way in providing cover in other GP practices when needed.

Consultation and training1. To provide advice and consultation to GPs and primary care teams.2. To provide high quality information to GPs and primary care teams on local resources and services3. To publish and make available information about the practitioner role to local people4. To attend supervision from appropriate clinical practitioners in nursing and psychological care, approved by the service manager.5. To provide formal and informal training in a range of mental health issues identified by GPs for GPs and Primary Care Mental Health Teams and present cases, literature reviews and research findings at clinical and other meetings as appropriate.Networking and service provision1. To work closely with other practitioners, local day services, local education establishments, employment agencies and third sector services2. To maintain close working relationships with secondary care services.3. To provide information to patients, and their carers, about their care and options available to them.4. To ensure that the service is equitable and accessible to clients and carers.

Quality and audit1. To ensure that assessment and interventions are provided to agreed standards.2. To keep GPs and primary care teams well informed on outcomes of interventions and therapies provided to their patients.3. In association with GPs, other practitioners and service managers, to involve patient, carers and the general public in improving service responses and service pathways.4. To ensure that complaints and plaudits are logged and appropriate action is taken, in line with the Trusts policies and procedures, and national guidelines.5. To observe and ensure adherence to the relevant professional code of Professional Conduct and the Trusts Policies and Procedures.6. To act in all circumstances to ensure the safety and welfare of people, their relatives, and staff.7. To ensure that approved policies, clinical procedures and regulations are understood and followed, and to take appropriate remedial action where deviations from these standards occur.8. To keep the Team Leader aware of and informed about any untoward occurrences that may affect the service professionally or administratively, or in other ways.9. To be aware of the Data Protection Act and other relevant legislation in relation to confidentiality and freedom of information.10. To engage in individual performance reviews and continuing professional development, identifying training needs in relation to personal development and development of the post.11. To review with the GP and service manager the post-holders personal workloads and levels of clinical and other activity.12. To undertake any other duties in line with the grade and scope of the post

Person Specification



  • Registered Mental Health qualification or equivalent
  • Up to date Registration
  • Post Basic Courses / relevant Study Days
  • Evidence of CPD
  • Qualified CPN/Social Worker or OT



  • post-qualifying experience of clinical work with people with a range of mental health problems
  • Experience of partnership working within and across various different statutory and non- statutory teams and agencies
  • Experience of successfully managing a caseload and prioritising clinical work
  • Experience of providing a range of clinical interventions to people with a variety of mental health problems
  • Experience of working consultatively with professionals
  • Experienced in conducting clinical assessments, including risk assessments

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust




BN13 3AR

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