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Mental Health Liaison Nurse

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£36,070 to £42,712 a year per annum inclusive of High Cost Allowances
Closing date
8 Aug 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
About the team:

The Mental Health Assessment Unit (MHAU) is a temporary service created in response to the Covid-19 crisis and ongoing emergency department pressures for the local population of Croydon. The unit is staffed primarily by the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) unit based staff and the SLaM psychiatric liaison team.

The service consists of a multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses and lived experience staff. The service has been created to relieve pressure on the Emergency Department (ED) at Croydon University Hospital which has historically been present and also to assist in providing capacity for a surge in emergency medical cases caused by Covid-19. This is achieved by providing a diversionary assessment space for patients with mental health problems who would otherwise have been seen in the ED but have no concurrent acute physical health concern.

This area will provide collaborative and timely care to patients requiring mental health care and treatment, in line with National emergency care access standards.

In keeping with our obligations under the new Coronavirus Regulations 2021 in relation to Care Home visits, the successful candidate will be required to provide evidence of full vaccination status against Covid-197

Main duties of the job

About the role:

The successful candidates will be clinically confident in assessing mental health service users presenting in emergencies, carrying out short term interventions and making independent decisions. You will thrive in a fast paced environment, often working under pressure. You will possess excellent assessment, communication skills and interpersonal skills. You will work well with others and enjoy multidisciplinary work whilst maintaining the highest standard in the quality of care.

About the location:

The Croydon area has excellent schools both in the state and private sectors. Mental health care for patients who attend CUH is delivered by the Croydon Mental Health Liaison service provided by South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM). We are an ageless service along with the Older Adult Liaison Psychiatry service.

About us


Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave, we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance, flexible working and support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
  • Career development, There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Car lease, our staff benefits from competitive deals to lease cars
  • Accommodation, our staff benefits from keyworker housing available which is available on selected sites
  • NHS discounts, with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Counselling services
  • Wellbeing events
  • Long service awards
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants

We look forward to receiving your application.

Job description Job responsibilities

Education and Qualification

-Registered Adult Nurse and/or Registered Mental Health Nurse and/or Registered Learning Disabilities Nurse-Mentorship qualification

Experience and Knowledge

-Experience of research based/reflective practice, e.g. understanding and ability to use supervision to reflect on skills, attitude and knowledge anddevelop these by using evidence based practice.

- Significant relevant clinical experience

-Evidence of continuing professional development

Skills and Abilities

-Able to provide quality care that is responsive to service users needs, without close supervision

-Resilient: able to cope with difficult interpersonal situations

Person Specification Education & Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Adult Nurse / Mental Health Nurse / Learning Disabilities
  • Mentorship Qualification or equivalent teaching in practice qualification
  • Master's degree
Experience & Knowledge Essential
  • Experience of research based/reflective practice, e.g. understanding and ability to use supervision to reflect on skills, attitude and knowledge and develop these by using evidence based practice
  • Significant relevant clinical experience
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Knowledge of relevant professional and clinical legislation
  • Experience of taking responsibility for a ward/clinical unit
  • Experience of supporting practice in clinical areas
  • Experience of recruitment and selection of staff
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Able to provide quality care that is responsive to service user's needs, without close supervision
  • Resilient: able to cope with difficult interpersonal situations
  • Self-aware, self-confident and intrinsically motivated to doa good job and to motivate others
  • Advocates for all individuals, particularly those with protected characteristics: promotes equality and diversity
  • Innovative, creative and a willingness to try new ideas
Other Requirements Essential
  • Ability to fulfil all the requirements of the role (including physical)
  • Flexibility to work shift patterns across 24hrs, 7days a week and across all clinical areas as required

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