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Mental Health Liaison Nurse

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
23 Jul 2024
Job summary

We are looking for a B6 Mental Health Liaison Nurse to join an established Older Adult Psychiatric Liaison Team

About the team

The Liaison Psychiatry Team for Older Adults is part of the wider Southwark Liaison Team based in Kings College Hospital.

The team works Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm and the team consists of Consultant Older Adult Liaison Psychiatrists, Rotational Specialist Registrars and Core Trainees, Clinical and Trainee Clinical Psychologists, Team Leader, B7 Clinical Nurse Specialists and a B6 Psychiatric Liaison Nurse.

The team accepts referrals from all relevant in-patient wards and the Emergency Department.

The team is very well established within Kings College Hospital and has an excellent relationship with our acute trust colleagues.

The wider Southwark Liaison Team is accredited by the Royal College of Psychiatrists as part of the Psychiatric Liaison Accreditation Network (PLAN).

Main duties of the job

About the role
  • The successful applicant should be able to work semi-autonomously with the support of the more senior clinicians from the OA Liaison team in completing full bio-psychosocial assessments of patients that have been referred to our team by acute trust colleagues.
  • The successful applicant is expected to be able to triage referrals and prioritise their workload to ensure that all referrals are assessed within the appropriate time frame
  • The successful applicant will be expected to act as a Student Assessor/Supervisor for Mental Health Nursing Students.
  • The successful applicant is expected to have effective communication skills and feel comfortable in liaising with Health and Social Care Professionals at all levels.
  • The successful applicant would be expected to be involved in the planning and delivery of training to our acute trust colleagues relevant to their area of expertise.
  • The successful applicant is expected to be able to formulate appropriate, non-pharmacological management of patients that are exhibiting behaviours that challenge.
  • The successful applicant is expected to have a commitment to the 'Triangle of Care' and person centred care.
  • The above is a brief description of the role, please refer to the Job description and person specification for further details of the role.

About us

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust has a rich history of providing mental health care, has well-established community links and an international reputation.

We deliver specialist services in the London boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark, Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Wandsworth and Richmond.

We are committed to provide a high quality and specialist care to our service users and we are recognised for our care and treatment we provide.

The Care Quality Commission rates our services as 'good'.

We launched our five-year strategy, Aiming High Changing Lives in 2021 together with Our Care Improvement System as our quality management system methodology to make a positive impact on patient care, outcomes and staff experience. By joining SLaM, all staff will get the opportunity to be part of this exciting improvement journey supported with learning and development to harness everyone's potential as change makers.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To be able to complete full biopsychosocial assessments across all wards in the acute hospital

To provide rapid response to referrals to ensure timely assessment within currently commissioned targets.

To devise and deliver interim management and care plans to in-patients

The post holder will work with and liaise with the Older Adults Home Treatment Team, Older Adults Specialist Care Home Intervention Teams, relevant Acute Trusts, OA CMHTs, primary care, social services, and third sector agencies, etc.

To work with partner agencies to develop plans of care that will prevent admission to hospital.

Where admission to the acute hospital is unavoidable, to provide or signpost to early intervention to facilitate early discharge.

To provide training to our acute trust colleagues on relevant training topics

The post holder will be required to keep accurate contemporary data in line with the service Key Performance Indicators. This will include carer and referrer feedback.

The post holder will undertake comprehensive risk assessments

The role will promote safe and therapeutic practice.

The post holder will have the ability to work in collaboration with other team members when carrying out assessments and planning

The post holder will participate in team and other meetings facilitating new ideas, suggestions or debate in relation to service requirements.
  • The post holder will be involved in identifying gaps in service delivery and to be integral in implementation ofservice changes in line with NHSE/Commissioning guidelines

Person Specification



  • Registered Mental Health Nurse or equivalent
  • Mentorship/ENB 998 or equivalent (Practice Assessor)
  • Evidence of continued professional development


  • RGN/physical healthcare qualification
  • Educated to degree level



  • Previous or current experience of working with Older Adults with Mental Health problems


  • Experience of undertaking Mental Health assessments in the acute hospital setting
  • Experience of providing teaching and training for staff and services



  • A sound understanding of how to assess and meet the needs of older adults with mental illness, including dementia and delirium


  • Working knowledge of all relevant legislation associated with acute mental health care including MHA, MCA, safeguarding and DOLS

Employer details

Employer name

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


Dept of Psychological Medicine, 1st Floor Cheyne Wing, Kings College Hospital,

Denmark Hill



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