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Specialty Doctor in Liaison Psychiatry

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£52,530 to £82,400 a year
Closing date
26 Jul 2024
This is a replacement post arising after the current post-holder moved for reasons of career progression.

The York Psychiatric Liaison Team (YPLT) and the Mental Health Assessment and Liaison Team (MHALT) for older people are managed as part of the TEWV MHSOP directorate (although medical management now sits under Liaison and Specialist Services

The post is based entirely in York Hospital, working as a member of both MHALT and YPLT.

YPLT provide 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, self-harm and mental health assessment and treatment to all adults aged 18 and over within York Hospital Emergency Department and for inpatients age 18-65. They provide out of hours cover for inpatients over age 65.

YPLT also provide assessment and advice for all substance misuse referrals for patients age 18-65.

Referrals for patients under 18 are made to the CAMHS Crisis Team. In exceptional circumstances YPLT may provide assessment for patients age 16-17 within the York Hospital Emergency Department.

YPLT will also provide supervision, teaching and support for multidisciplinary professionals working within YH, with individual link roles developed as required.

YPLT attend monthly multidisciplinary, multiagency high intensity user meetings, where complex cases are discussed and individual care plans developed to address each patients needs, with the aim of reducing high frequency use of services.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will participate in the mental health assessments of patients in York Emergency Department and inpatients in York Hospital including taking full psychiatric histories, review of clinical records, mental state examinations, risk assessments, making diagnoses and formulating management plans.

The post-holder will also be part of the leadership team within both YPLT and MHALT.

Clinical supervision will be provided by the YPLT and MHALT consultants, or their covering consultants. The post-holder should have a good understanding of the use of the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act, and be approved under Section 12 or able to achieve within 6 months of appointment. The post-holder will be expected to be able to do Mental Health Act assessments and make medical recommendations.

There will be opportunistic teaching of team members and students and the opportunity to participate in teaching programmes both within TEWV and to acute trust colleagues.

The role will be split across both teams and some flexibility may be required at times to fulfil the differing requirements of each team particularly when consultants are on leave.

The post-holder is expected to maintain or establish good links with colleagues within and outwith York Hospital to promote collaborative working. The post-holder will work closely with YPLT and MHALT to develop and improve York Hospital liaison service provision across all ages.

About us

We are Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust. We provide mental health and learning disability services to people of all ages. We deliver a range of community and in-patient care across adult mental health, children and young peoples services, mental health services for older people and forensic services. We have over 7,000 staff working across more than 90 sites. With an annual operating income of over �420 million, we work in partnership with local authorities, clinical commissioning groups, voluntary organisations, the private sector, as well as people who use our services, their families, and carers. Geographically were one of the largest NHS Foundation Trusts in the country, spanning County Durham and Darlington, Teesside, North Yorkshire and York and Selby. There are two group localities Durham & Tees Valley (which includes forensic services) and North Yorkshire & York. In terms of clinical specialties, these comprise: Adult mental health, Mental health services for older people, Children and young peoples services, Learning disability services, Forensic Services (including prisons).

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description for more detailed information on this post and also the Trust's website for information on our services -

Person Specification



  • At least 4 years postgraduate experience, including at least 2 years in a core psychiatry training programme in UK or abroad.
  • Able to demonstrate good clinical skills and knowledge in psychiatry with bio-psycho-social perspective
  • Able to demonstrate good clinical communication skills showing empathy and sensitivity
  • Person-centred and recovery focused


  • Postgraduate experience in the relevant specialty
  • Able to manage clinical complexity and uncertainty
  • Able to undertake duties under MHA and MCA.
  • Able to deliver undergraduate or postgraduate teaching and training
  • Participated in research or service evaluation.

Professional and Personal Qualities


  • Able to show commitment to Trust values of respect, involvement and well-being
  • Able to work co-operatively in a multi-disciplinary team and to delegate appropriately.
  • Evidence of annual appraisal and commitment to appraisal and revalidation.
  • Shows empathy and sensitivity.
  • Manages own time, workload and prioritises work.
  • Able to use electronic records and use IT for email, internet and office software
  • Copes under pressure.
  • Participated in and reflected on the purpose of continuous professional development
  • Participated actively in clinical audit.
  • Able to use and appraise clinical evidence.


  • Highly skilled in use of electronic records and IT at work.
  • Able to deliver undergraduate or postgraduate teaching and training
  • Participated in research or service evaluation.



  • Reflects on own performance and behaviour, seeking and acting on feedback.
  • Able to influence and persuade to improve services
  • Able to take on leadership role in multidisciplinary team.
  • Knowledge of structure and management of the NHS and the Trust.
  • Shows commitment to quality through knowledge of quality improvement and lean thinking methodology OR able to achieve within one year of appointment
  • Able to adapt to and lead service change.


  • Able to take on a leadership role outside the multidisciplinary team.
  • Understanding of NHS & wider health economy and its implications for the work of the Trust.
  • Trained to standard equivalent to level 2 in TEWV Trust Quality improvement system



  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise at the time of appointment.
  • Eligible for inclusion in the Specialist Register or within 6 months of gaining CCT
  • Approved clinician status OR able to achieve within 3 months of appointment
  • Approved under S12(2) MHA OR able to achieve within 3 months of appointment


  • Included on the GMC Specialist Register in the relevant specialty.
  • In good standing with GMC with respect to warning and conditions on practice.



  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification


  • MRCPsych
  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management.

Employer details

Employer name

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust


York Hospital

Wigginton Road


North Yorkshire

YO30 8HE

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