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Mental Health Liaison Nurse

Swansea Bay University Health Board
£35,922 to £43,257 per annum
Closing date
18 Jul 2024
Are you interested in working within a general hospital environment, providing specialist assessment and treatment for patients with both physical and mental health needs? Psychiatric Liaison may be the team for you!

The Mental Health Liaison Service is based in Morriston Hospital and also provides a service to Singleton Hospital, Neath & Port Talbot Hospital as well as Gorseinon Hospital.

We offer a liaison service to not only to the Emergency Department, but also specialist assessment and guidance throughout all Inpatient referred to our service from the Hospitals we provide a service to with SBUHB. We are a multi-disciplinary care team of professionals including Mental Health Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Psychiatrists, Healthcare In-reach workers in addition to our administration staff.

Main duties of the job

Provide specialist mental health care assessments for Working age Adult patients and Older Peoples when required such as, Self-Harm assessment, Mental health emergencies, Complex psychosocial and behavioural assessments, Capacity assessment and Risk assessment.

Provide psychological support effectively and efficiently to patients with mental health needs who are temporarily in crisis, or who have mental health needs as a result of their physical illness or as a result of being hospitalised.

Advise non-psychiatry staff on outcome of assessment and formulate a medical care plan based on clinical intervention and risk management.

Provide time limited liaison follow up appointments when needed for those patients with more complex and enduring mental health needs.

Work positively and collaboratively as an integral part of the Specialist Adult Mental health services, Older Peoples Mental health services and effectively liaise with multi-agency colleagues, patients and their supporters.

Contribute to the development and quality of clinical practice of liaison work with this client group at local and national levels.

Provide mental health education, advice and training to clinical nursing staff, students nurses and medical students.

Work various shift patterns over a 7 day per week rota on a shift rotational basis.

About us

We believe staff are our best asset and wewant you to be happy and confident about starting your career here in Swansea Bay University Health Board.

As one of the biggest healthcare groups in the UK we can offer a wealth of professional training and development opportunities in an innovative, forward-thinking organisation.

You might be a nurse ordoctor, maybe you specialise in a health science/therapy or can offer skills in one of our support services - wehave a job for you.

There are also apprenticeships, work placementsand volunteering roles available.

We are an inclusive employer and welcome applications from everyone whatever their sex religion or belief race age sexual orientation gender identity or, whether they are pregnant or have recently been on maternity leave, married or are in a civil partnership or, whether they are disabled.

Our values - Caring For Each Other, Working Together and Always Improving, show thatour commitment to equality is at the heart of everything we do.

If you want excellent career and training opportunities while living on the doorstep of some of Europe's most spectacular scenery,with all the benefits of a thriving and cosmopolitan city - look no further.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Mental Health Liaison Service we offer a liaison service to not only the Emergency Department, but specialist assessment and guidance throughout all wards on both inpatient units. We are a multi-disciplinary core team of professionals including, Mental Health Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Psychiatrists, Healthcare In-reach staff and Administration staff.

There will also be an expectation of the successful candidates to work autonomously but also as part of a team,

We work a combination of shifts i.e. 7-3, 8-4 and 2-10 to provide a service outside of core hours. The long-term goal is to eventually become a 24-hour service.

Clinical presentations of the patients we support spans a wide spectrum from organic disorders, psychosis, self-harm, severe depression or somatoform disorder to adjustment reactions, delirium, dementia and abnormal health behaviour.

One of the most challenging and fascinating parts of the Liaison Practitioner role is that every day is completely different to the previous. It can be a fast paced and unpredictable, but never boring. We are a close, funny and supportive team with opportunities for learning and development. We undertake monthly team supervision as well as regular twice monthly teaching sessions facilitated by different members of the team.

Previous experience of working in mental health setting is required with a minimum of 2 years experience, however the most important requirement is that you have the commitment to support with the ongoing expansion and development of the Liaison service.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post English and/ orWelsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse (RMN)


  • BSc (Nursing, Mental Health)



  • An understanding of best practice in acute adult mental health care
  • Able to formulate nursing risk assessment and devise intervention strategies


  • Non Medical Prescribing Module
  • Willingness to undertake further health related professional studies to MSc level



  • Post registration experience and training in clinical risk assessment in acute mental health care
  • Experience providing specialist advice and undertaking interview assessments


  • Experience in the management of staff, offering professional expertise and direct supervision and clinical guidance

Aptitude and Abilities


  • Adhere to and can demonstrate SBU Values & Behaviours
  • Has a ability to deal comprehensively with complex mental health situations, demonstrating the ability to problem solve and show negotiation skills
  • A commitment to practice development and an interest in post registration education and training
  • Ability to promote the role of the Mental Health Nursing with a recovery focused approach to care
  • Competent to assess and identify the physical health needs of the patients.
  • Ability to understand and interpret research to ensure practice is evidence based
  • Able to physically intervene to manage violence and aggression
  • Able to devise and promote health promotion strategies
  • Able to ensure accurate recording of nursing data using electronic software
  • Able to provide nursing representation as a core member of an identified Clinical Team
  • Able to provide clinical supervision to nurses on an individual or group basis
  • Demonstrate effective change management skills
  • Autonomously manage work load to meet identified deadlines


  • Welsh Speaker (Level 1)

Employer details

Employer name

Swansea Bay University Health Board


Morriston Hospital

Heol Maes Eglwys,



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