Skip to main content

This job has expired

Mental Health Liaison Practitioner

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
16 Jul 2024
Previous applicants need not apply.

The Mental Health division of Nottinghamshire Healthcare Foundation Trust comprises of three directorates: Adult Mental Health, Mental Health Services for Older People and Specialist Services. More than 2,800 dedicated staff provide vital and integral healthcare services for our patients in a variety of settings, ranging from community through to acute wards, covering a vast geographical area.

The Liaison Psychiatry service for working age adults is an established and well-respected team that provides a liaison psychiatry service to Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) at the QMC and City Hospital campuses on a 24-hour basis. The focus of our work includes urgent assessments in respect of self harm and mental health emergencies, advice and support to wards in respect of patients experiencing mental health problems and also work in areas such as Medically Unexplained Symptoms.

Main duties of the job

We undertake comprehensive assessments and work to agree therapeutic plan of care and risk management strategy. We also offer short-term follow-ups using brief interventions. Part of the role will include rotations within A& E to triage and assess patients, presenting with a wide range of conditions and acting as a first point of contact. This will enable patients to be seen in more timely manner and help with the overall patient experience.

About us

Nottinghamshire Healthcare employs over 10,000 colleagues who help #MakeADifference every day. We provide intellectual disability, mental health, community health, forensic and offender healthcare services across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. Care is delivered from over 120 sites within the community from acute settings and across low, medium and high secure environments including prisons.

As one of the largest mental health and community trusts in the East Midlands and one of the biggest employers in Nottinghamshire. We are also home to national and regional services such as the National High Secure Deaf Service and the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health.

We are committed to flexible and agile working, including the opportunity to join our bank.

Your health and wellbeing is our priority and as such we invest significantly in this via our in-house Occupational Health Service, Staff Counselling Service and Health and Wellbeing Team.

We offer a number of employee-led staff networks, including Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) groups, our Green Champions Network, Freedom to Speak Up Network. Health and Wellbeing Champions Network and Menopause Champions. We provide care to a diverse range of communities and are passionate about supporting diversity and inclusion in the Trust.

If you believe in our values of Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork, then we would love to hear from you!


Job description

Job responsibilities

To determine management plans, and where appropriate deliver short term psychological treatments, for people who are referred following self-harm or as psychiatric emergencies based upon a comprehensive psychosocial, risk and needs assessment of that individual.

To determine whether people who present with suicidal behaviours or thinking are safe to be allowed to leave the general hospital.

To manage as appropriate to reduce risk.

Provision of psychological treatment/support to people who have physical illness or difficulties and associated mental distress or disorder in order to improve the functioning or quality of life of that person.

We have a strong focus on working together as a team and on patient and carer satisfaction and the strength of our clinical work is demonstrated by our having achieved Psychiatric Liaison Accreditation Network (PLAN) accreditation.

We proudly offer a thorough and robust induction package to this role and we ensure that all new starters are given enough training and time spent as a supernumerary staff member to ensure that they are comfortable in the role before they are expected to work autonomously. We provide an excellent system of supervision to ensure that practitioners are always supported in their decision making. As such, you do not need to have previous experience in liaison psychiatry to be able to apply for this job.

When fully established in this role, key areas of performance will include effective team working skills, effective written and spoken communication, being able to work under pressure to deliver compassionate and person centred care and be able to carry out sound risk and mental health assessments.

Essential criteria include a professional qualification and registration (nurse or occupational therapist), appropriate mental health experience and a commitment to reflective practice and learning and development.

We are primarily seeking Full Time applicants, however part time applicants will still be considered.

Our service operates 24/7 and night shifts would form a part of the working pattern.

Person Specification



  • high level interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills
  • Effective time management and organisational skills
  • IT skills
  • Effective teaching skills
  • Team Player


  • Clinical supervision skills
  • Caseload management
  • Presentation skills



  • Experience of working within an MDT
  • Recent experience of working with people with acute mental health problems
  • Good understanding and knowledge of mental health legislation including Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act.


  • Working with older adults with mental health problems
  • Experience of working within a variety of healthcare settings

Further Training


  • Evidence of further training within mental health/psychiatry


  • ENB 998 or equivalent
  • Clinical supervision course



  • Professional Mental Health nursing qualification
  • Current NMC registration

Contractual Requirements


  • Must be able to work across a 24 hour rota

Physical Requirements


  • Has the physical ability to perform the full of duties

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Department of Psychological Medicine

QMC, Derby Road



Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert