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Community Mental Health Liaison Practitioner

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
£31,365 to £37,890 a year per annum
Closing date
8 Aug 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
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We are looking to recruit a part time dynamic and experienced Band 6 RMN to join our Older Peoples Liaison Mental Health Service. The service aims to provide older people in Oldham with mental health problems appropriate care and support closer to home,avoiding admissions to hospital and long-term care wherever possible, and sits between primary care services and secondary services with the aim of trying to prevent people having to access secondary services.

The service supports patients referred either by the acute hospital or community based cluster teams with a suspected or actual mental health problem. As a member of the team which is comprised of a group of Band 6 RMN's you would offer assessments, treatment options, signposting or referrals appropriately regardless of presenting complaint, time of presentation or severity of condition. The service provides specialist mental health care, mental health assessments, interventions, advice, triage, support, and education and training to social care colleagues in the local cluster teamsandhospital discharge team. We're based with social services in all five of Oldham'sprimary care networksand with the discharge team at Royal Oldham Hospital.

Main duties of the job

An exciting opportunity has arisen for passionate and dedicated RMNs to join the Community MH liaison service within Oldham as services move to a neighbourhood cluster model.

This service will provide mental health expertise within the multidisciplinary cluster teams and community enablement services. You will be working with a wide range of colleagues from health and social care and other statutory and voluntary agencies to support individuals in the community or those within the hospital discharge, enablement and intermediate care pathway.

The service operates Monday to Friday and you will work predominantly with, and have a passion for supporting older adults. The service will be needs led however and may include some work with adults of working age. You will be providing full mental health and risk assessments and short term interventions with individuals in collaboration with their support network. You will be working within the multidisciplinary team with a strong focus on improving quality of life and preventing unnecessary admissions to hospital and long term care. Where required you will signpost people in to secondary care mental health services.

You will be an autonomous and confident practitioner who is able to think outside the box and put individuals and their carers first. In return you can expect all the support needed to undertake this rewarding role.

About us

This is an exciting opportunity to join a small dedicated team of band 6 nurses who provide nursing care and treatment to patients living in the community.

You will have the opportunity to work closely with other teams in the older peoples services across the Trust and in social services.

You will be given lots of support and opportunity to develop within the service.

Job description Job responsibilities

Job DescriptionPost: Community Mental Health Liaison PractitionerBand: 6Responsible to: Clinical LeadMain Contacts: Community Clusters, Primary Care Services and Multi Disciplinary teams, Pennine Acute NHS Trust, MHservices, Independent and 3rd Sector ProvidersJob SummaryYou will work in a senior liaison capacity within the local cluster teams to support patients experiencing mental health problems within the community. The service willoperate and be co-located within borough cluster care teams and will operate Monday to Friday 9-5.To provide specialist nursing advice and assessment skills in conjunction with health, community and social care staff in order to fully develop appropriate interventionsand treatment plans for people with mental health problems.To carry out comprehensive risk assessments of mental health needs and have knowledge and experience of risks within the community.To act in an advisory capacity in the delivery of clinical and social interventions to this client group in relation to referring on to other agencies and discharge.To supervise the work of junior staff and provide clinical advice and support to the team.It is expected that the post holder will deliver care in accordance with all Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust policies and procedures, the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and community care legislation.Main Duties and ResponsibilitiesClinical WorkTo work across cluster teams and the discharge / enablement pathway to provide specialist mental health nursing advice and a joint assessment serviceTriage all referrals that are made to the service and allocate clinical priority.To work in close liaison with staff within health and social care in upholding and implementing clinical standards for the care of people with mental health needs within the community settingTo carry out a thorough assessment of the service users current mental health needs, including risk assessment, psychological needs and cognitive functioningTo demonstrate the ability to make decisions in relation to the clinical management of individual patients and make critical clinical judgements in relation to mental health and care provision within the community setting.To be able to assess and manage clients presenting with co-morbidities of physical and mental health needs including the impact of medication.To model appropriate methods of communication and care delivery to staff within the cluster teamsContribute to making decisions regarding client care in consultation other members of the multi-disciplinary team.To undertake short term nursing interventions and/or co-ordinate transition of care to other specialist support.To utilise counselling skills when communicating with clients and carers in relation to assessment, diagnosis and treatment plan.To make onward referral to the most appropriate service to meet the individual patients needs.To identify the need for protection in line with Safeguarding Adults Policy and comply with local procedures.To liaise and negotiate with other professions, statutory and independent agencies to ensure the best possible service is provided to service users and carers.To evaluate systematically and record, outcomes of mental health treatment plans, adapting care on the basis of these outcomes.To involve family and carers in the assessment and care planning with service users consent.To provide education and appropriate self-help resources to patients specific to individual needs.To maintain accurate and up to date clinical documentation on all service user contacts, ensuring confidentiality at all times.To have a thorough understanding of functional and organic illness and management strategies to support these.To possess a sound knowledge of issues surrounding the management of violence and aggression and to be able to diffuse potentially difficult and volatile situations.To provide advice and information to non-mental health trained social care staff regarding the management of patients with mental health problems..To observe and practice within the legal requirements of the Mental Health Act 1983 and Mental Capacity Act.To maintain professional awareness by keeping abreast of changing trends in clinical / professional practice.To be aware of professional accountability, with due regard your professional Code of Conduct.Research and AuditTo ensure that the NCRS records are efficiently maintained.To contribute to audits as required,To provide relevant data as required in line with performance monitoring targets.To participate in research opportunities as directed by team or service manager.Education and TrainingTo contribute to the on-going training and development of non- mental health trained social care staff with regard to mental health issues.To have effective presentation skills in order to positively promote the social care liaison teamTo provide mentorship, education and training to learners from a range of professional backgrounds.To attend mandatory and other training as identified as relevant to the post and necessary to ensure safe effective practiceService DevelopmentTo participate in monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of service delivery and contribute to developments relevant to mental health services.Management

To provide clinical and peer supervision, advice and support to team members across the divisional team.To deal appropriately with clinical incidents, complaints etc from patients, relatives and members of the public, via line manager, in accordance with Trust policy.

Person Specification Education / Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN)
  • Completion of Preparation for Mentorship / Practice Teacher / Fieldwork Educator qualification or willingness to complete.
  • Short courses and experience to post graduate diploma level.
  • Evidence of ongoing CPD
  • Registered General Nurse (RGN)
  • Non-medical prescribing qualification
  • Formal teaching qualification.
Experience Essential
  • Significant post registration experience at Band 5 or above.
  • Experience of working with Older People within community settings.
  • Experience of implementing programmes to manage BPSD
  • Experience of working with individuals who present to mental health services in crisis and have symptoms of mental health illness
  • Experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Experience of using safeguarding adult procedures
  • Experience of working with clients presenting with comorbidity.
  • Experience of triaging referrals.
  • Previous liaison assessment experience.
  • Experience of working with working age adults within a community setting
Knowledge Essential
  • Understanding of current mental health legislation, vulnerable adult and safeguarding procedures
  • Knowledge of the mental health act and mental capacity act.
  • Awareness of NICE Guidance in the treatment of mental health problems and knowledge of treatments and interventions appropriate for individuals with mental health needs
  • Understanding of confidentiality and data protection issues
  • Knowledge of mental health assessment and risk assessment / management processes
  • Comprehensive understanding of deliberate self-harm and appropriate management strategies
  • Comprehensive knowledge regarding the impact of physical health disorders on mental health
  • Medications management
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Comprehensive mental health and risk assessment skills.
  • Ability to supervise and direct the work of junior staff
  • Ability to construct effective packages of care and risk management plans
  • Ability to execute a range of mental health assessment tools
  • Ability to deliver a range of evidence based interventions.
  • Ability to work autonomously in a community setting
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • To have the ability to devise and present training packages
  • Comprehensive I.T Skills
  • Ability to form productive working relationships with service users, carers and multi-disciplinary staff.
  • Ability to be assertive and maintain a professional demeanour under pressure
  • Good organisational and prioritisation skills.
  • Skills in the area of audit or research
Work Related Circumstances Essential
  • Must be flexible and able to wo

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