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Integrated Psychological Medicine Practice Lead Liaison Psychiatry

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
31 Jul 2024
A fantastic fixed term or secondment opportunity has arisen for you to join our established and developing Liaison Psychiatry team.

Liaison Psychiatry is the branch of psychiatry that specialises in the interface between medicine and psychiatry.

Our service accepts referrals from in-patient wards and the Emergency Department and these include requests for specialist mental health assessments and interventions to people of all ages from 18 to end of life. The mental health presentations of those accessing our services are varied and include self-harm as well as both functional & organic mental illness.

We provide a 24/7 comprehensive service to patients, clinicians and carers, covering the following pathways.

We have a Practice Lead vacancy to support the development of the Integrated Psychological Medicine Pathway within Liaison Psychiatry at the RD& E Hospital. This post is for a 18-month secondment or fixed term contract to cover maternity leave.

We are looking for a motivated, experienced and innovative practitioner who is committed to the on-going development of the service, and who is passionate about the mental health care and treatment of those who present to our service. You will require strong clinical leadership skills.

If you are successful, you will be well supported within the team and encouraged to develop your clinical competencies within a stimulating learning environment.

Main duties of the job

This post is an excellent opportunity for the right candidate to further develop a solid and rewarding career within an accolade winning mental health trust. The Exeter Liaison Psychiatry team is ever changing but continues to deliver a high quality mental health service to many people. We will support you to learn the skills you need to thrive in the role, offering you the training and developmental support you need to begin a fulfilling career.

This is an ideal post for either an experienced Senior Mental Health Practitioner wanting to professionally develop or a current clinical lead who is seeking a change of direction. In this important role you will use your extensive clinical skills and experience as a mental health practitioner to lead on high quality care, developing and sustaining compassionate leadership. Using evidence based practice and routine outcome measures you will use a strength-based approach to work collaboratively with all stakeholders.

Leading on assessing and managing risk is a core part of this role, responding to urgent need. Supervision of more junior staff and trainees is expected to be part of your role as you share your skills and knowledge with those around. This includes offering teaching and training to the acute trust to ensure we are supporting safe practice for those with mental health needs.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

We are committed to developing a culture of coproduction, involving patients, families & carers in everything we do

Our values

We not only recruit based on qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess & demonstrate the behaviours which underpin our Trusts core values. These include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile making time for people challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health conditions, neurodiversity or learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Leader.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Practice Lead is responsible for ensuring compliance with quality & safety standards within their assigned clinical pathways within Liaison Psychiatry. They will ensure that all individuals receiving care and treatment from services do so in line with Trust and Host organisation strategic objectives (safe, timely, personalised, sustainable and recovery focused) and are safeguarded from any harm.

Quality improvement, audit, compliance with CQC & PLAN accreditation standards, serious untoward incidents, complaints and compliments and associated learning, and clinical practice education are the key responsibilities of this role. The post holder will ensure clinicians work within DPT policy and practice standards, and that they adhere to professional registration requirements.

The post holder will be an effective role model for clinical excellence across all the clinical pathways within Liaison Psychiatry. They will demonstrate visible leadership and take responsibility for ensuring a therapeutic environment, as well as leading on the professional development of the practitioners within the team.

The post will include developing professional links, offering supervision and training for acute staff and helping to develop and progress integrated pathways of care for all patients referred to the service.

The post holder will work to further improve practice, using the principles of positive risk management and new ways of working, and appropriate clinical pathways.

The post holder will be required to undertake regular clinical work which will be subject to an agreed job plan. As this vacancy is a secondment/fixed term for 18 months the role will be supporting the IPMS pathway to develop alongside the MDT but also include a number of tasks relating to the Acute Care Pathway and Inpatient Pathway within the DGH.

Please see attached job description for further details.

Person Specification



  • A professional mental health qualification to degree level or equivalent
  • Post Graduate qualification relevant to specialism
  • Evidence of commitment to life-long learning and continuing professional development


  • An interest in Integrated Psychological Medicine (medically unexplained symptoms and more complex presentations)
  • Management qualification
  • Training to level 3 in Safeguarding children and young people: roles and competencies for Health Care staff



  • Knowledge of key areas of professional mental health practice.
  • Specialist knowledge of mental health disorders.
  • Knowledge of clinical risk assessment.
  • Application of teaching theory into practice.
  • Ability to undertake biopsychosocial assessment and formulating, robust care pathways.
  • Higher level communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Ability to engage challenging and/or acutely distressed patients in potentially hostile and/or antagonistic situations and use de-escalation techniques effectively.
  • Sufficient clinical knowledge to be able to make autonomous decisions, based on an analysis of complex presenting problems and signpost accordingly.
  • Management and organisational skills that enable a number of complex activities and clinical work to be undertaken, revising and adjusting these according to the needs of individual patients and the service.
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act, the Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty.
  • Information Technology skills.



  • Substantial experience at B6 or above post qualifying work, including community mental health care (Children and Young People, Adults or Older People)
  • Risk assessment/management
  • Working with people presenting in mental health crisis
  • Clinical leadership
  • Evidence of working therapeutically with individuals
  • Ability to interpret research and apply to practice
  • Knowledge and utilization of counselling skills / cognitive behavioural skills, psychosocial interventions
  • Experience in the management of clients with drug and alcohol problems/dual diagnosis
  • Experience of carrying out assessments, identifying the appropriate care pathways and confirming diagnosis
  • Other relevant post registration experience
  • Understanding of research principles
  • Teaching, training and/or supervision of clinical staff


  • Previous experience of working within Liaison Psychiatry

Employer details

Employer name

Devon Partnership NHS Trust


Wonford House

Dryden Road




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