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Liaison Psychiatry Nurse (St Helier)

South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 per annum inclusive of Outer London HCAs
Closing date
16 Jul 2024
We are looking for a highly dedicated nurse to join our Liaison Psychiatry Service at St Helier Hospital in Carshalton. Our team provides a comprehensive specialist service to patients in the general hospital setting including the A and E department. The team has been rated as an excellent service by the Psychiatric Liaison Accreditation Network.

You will be expected to work a shift system across a 24hr period seven days a week, primarily assessing patients that present with mental health problems, self-harm or as a psychiatric crisis including comprehensive risk assessments.

Main duties of the job

The role involves working autonomously carrying out mental health assessments and treatments while working closely with the team members. You will be expected to work as a mental health Nurse specialist within the hospital. The post involves fostering staff relationships and supporting and working closely with our physical health colleagues.

You must be comfortable working flexibly, both autonomously and in a team. You will also be expected to provide regular teaching to hospital staff. Continuous Professional Development and regular professional supervision are a priority for the Trust and you will receive regular supervision working within this role.

We have a very strong commitment to education, research and staff development. As well as promoting your own professional development, we will expect you to participate in the teaching and training of nurses and other health professionals.

This is a challenging but rewarding role, offering an exciting opportunity to nurses who have strong assessment and therapeutic skills. You will need the ability to work autonomously whilst still contributing to the team as a whole. Previous experience of working in Liaison Psychiatry is desirable, although not essential. We offer excellent staff support through clinical supervision and teamwork.

About us

We are Proud to Belong at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.

We have expert services, a rich history and a clear commitment to providing the best quality care for those with mental ill-health. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good' - we aspire to be 'outstanding'.

This is a great time to join us. We are transforming the way we care for our communities to support our mission of Making Life Better Together. We have built two brand new mental health facilities at Springfield University Hospital, which are amongst the best in the world. More developments are planned across our sites and services.

We are inclusive and diverse and strive to be actively anti racist. We want to attract people from all backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work we do together. We are proud to co-produce and involve our local communities in all that we do.

We offer flexible working, career development and a variety ofbenefits to enable a positive, welcoming environment in which our people and their careers can thrive.

Come and join our inclusive teams and help our patients on their recovery journey.

Job description

Job responsibilities


The post-holder will:
  • Provide a consultation-liaison service to referring clinicians and clinical teams, assisting them in decision making in difficult and complex cases.
  • Promote choice and hopefulness and ensure a recovery orientated approach.
  • Promote and initiate any actions to safeguard vulnerable children and adults.
  • Under supervision, be responsible for the assessment of care needs of patients presenting with a wide variety of clinical conditions out of normal working hours. Following this, the post-holder will be responsible for planning and referring on for appropriate follow up where necessary.
  • Provide a consultation-liaison service to the ED and individual clinicians, particularly in assisting them develop emergency plans of care and make difficult decisions in cases where patients are exhibiting complex psychosocial needs and/or challenging behaviours.
  • Be expected to participate fully in quality assurance initiatives, with particular emphasis on a patient first approach when required.
  • The post-holder will act as a role model in providing a service for people with mental health problems for all staff within the ED/main hospital.
  • The post-holder will participate in audit/research projects associated with the work of the service when required.
  • The post holder represents Mental Health Trust in the general hospital setting and will play a vital role in communicating and maintaining a good working relationship between the Trusts.

  • Clinical:

    The post-holder will:
  • Under supervision, be required to make clear decisions, based on an analysis of complex presenting problems and judgement about available options. This will include those related to the admission and discharge of patients.
  • Utilise a wide variety of clinical skills appropriate to the needs of individual patients and the clinical setting in which they are required to be seen.
  • Under supervision, carry out robust assessments (when working with out of hours service providers such as CHTT and/or on call SpR and AMPHs can be utilised) ensuring discharge from the ED is clinically sound and timely. Have an ability to engage challenging and /or acutely distressed patients in potentially hostile and/or antagonistic situations.
  • Provide a broad range of specialist psychosocial treatments for individual patients and a specialist consultation-liaison service to referring clinicians and clinical teams, assisting them in decision making in difficult and complex cases.
  • Demonstrate a high standard of record keeping and documentation with adherence to trust policy and an understanding of professional guidelines and application of confidentiality.
  • Work with colleagues to develop and promote the services philosophy, framework of care delivery and strategic objectives.
  • Work with colleagues to develop clinical expertise and high standards of nursing practice, as defined by the Nursing and Midwifery code of professional conduct (2002).
  • Deliver care that is evidence based, reflecting current best practice and research.
  • Participate in structured clinical supervision in accordance with Trust policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrate clinical excellence and high standards of nursing practice to other staff.
  • Demonstrate sound understanding of the legal and ethical issues in caring for the mentally ill. In particular, demonstrating sound understanding of the Mental Health Act (1983)/Mental Capacity Act and its use in a non mental health setting.

  • Communication:

    The post-holder will:
  • Demonstrate the ability to receive and give complex clinical details clearly, with patients, carers and colleagues.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly and sensitively in situations that are contentious and/or hostile.
  • Demonstrate a high level of interpersonal skills, self awareness and empathy in all communications.
  • Demonstrate an ability to negotiate and problem solve in contentious and/or antagonistic situations where agreement is required or communicate clear decisions and rationale when agreement cannot be reached e.g. in situations where the Mental Health Act or Mental Capacity Act may be needed to be used.
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with colleagues in within the team and Liaison Psychiatry Service, and both the Mental Health and Acute Trusts.

  • Management:

    The post-holder will:
  • Represent the Mental Health Trust in the general hospital setting and will play a vital role in communicating and maintaining a good working relationship between each Trust.
  • Ensure the promotion of the health and safety, well-being and interests of the patients, staff and all visitors who come into contact with the team and its service environs.
  • At all times follow the Code of Professional Conduct NMC (2002) and ensure that all staff within their sphere of responsibility also follows the code as laid down.
  • Act as change agent to promote innovation and high standards of practice.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of Trust policy as and when required.

  • Research:

    The post-holder will:
  • Demonstrate a commitment to developing research skills in themselves and any junior staff.
  • Undertake audit/research into client/service related areas and contribute to the application and evaluation of current research findings.
  • Develop methods at service level to monitor standards of care in liaison with the clinical audit department (quality assurance/research).

  • Education:

    The post-holder will:
  • Under the guidance of the Team Leader, identify own professional development needs and demonstrate achievements against personal development plans.
  • Act as a mentor/preceptor where appropriate.
  • Facilitate a learning environment conducive to the acquisition of further knowledge and skills.
  • Liaise with the College of Nursing in all matters concerning nurse training.

  • Clinical Governance:

    The post-holder will:
  • Participate in the design and implementation of the audit of clinical work.
  • Take an active role in seeking carer and user feedback.
  • Demonstrate respect, empathy and understanding of all users and colleagues within the service.

  • Training and Development

    The post-holder will:
  • To undertake mandatory and statutory training as required by Trust policy.
  • To contribute and commit to undertaking an annual Development Review/appraisal.
  • To undertake personal development as identified in the Personal Development Plan (PDP).

  • Person Specification

    Training & Qualifications


    • oRMN with current NMC registration
    • oENB 998 or equivalent
    • oEvidence of continuing professional and personal development


    • oEducated to degree or Diploma level Nursing, other courses relevant to Liaison Psychiatry e.g. CBT, Brief Solution Focussed Therapy etc.
    • oRGN

    Experience and Knowledge


    • oDemonstrable experience of post qualifying work in psychiatry, with evidence of experience at Band 5
    • oExperience of working with people who have experienced serious ongoing mental health problems
    • oExperience of assessing and managing crisis with those with a severe mental illness
    • oExperience of recruitment and selection of staff
    • oExperience of managing and monitoring budgets
    • oExperience of working as a Clinical Supervisor
    • oExperience of implementing and monitoring standards of care
    • oExperience of working within a multidisciplinary team
    • oExperience of supervising junior staff within own and/or other disciplines


    • oOther relevant post registration experience
    • oAudit and research experience
    • oExperience of teaching/training in a formal or informal setting
    • oExperience of working in a Liaison Psychiatry setting

    Employer details

    Employer name

    South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust


    St Helier Hospital


    SM5 1AA

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