The established mental health liaison team at Salisbury Hospital is made up of a team manager, senior practitioner, band 6 nurses, and our consultant psychiatrist.
What makes mental health liaison an exciting practice area is the unique interplay between physical and mental health which is rarely seen in other settings.
In Salisbury Hospital, the regional specialties include plastics and burns and the supra-regional specialty of spinal. This gives unique insight into patients who can attend from other counties with significant self harm or mental health issues arising from life changing conditions.
As an ageless mental health liaison team (18+), we support the hospital and their patients across the lifespan giving practitioners the chance to broaden their knowledge in all areas of mental health including acute, later life and organic and specialized pathways such as perinatal, eating disorder, and somatoform and medically unexplained symptoms. We see patients at all points of their journey- first point of contact needing primary care input to the most complex and challenging presentations.
Main duties of the job
Our liaison team tends to receive referrals from A&E as well as the wards (roughly 50% split) which can provide the 'best of both worlds' - a proportion of patients we see for 'one off' assessments and another proportion who we can see as an inpatient for longer and benefit from the rapport building and continuity that this can give.
We are a very supportive team who enjoy the complexity this job can offer and see new challenges as obstacles to overcome creatively. Risk is a large part of our role, but we take this on with shared enthusiasm and support. We also act as advocates for our patients and general colleagues as needed. Come to a job where you will keep learning and no two days are quite the same!
Conducting Full Psycho social assessments for patients referred to the service.
Liaise with medical and nursing staff and families and carers
Refer on to other services as necessary
Educational support for general hospital staff
Skills required include
Assessment of risk
Clinical Formulation skills
Discharge planning skills and knowledge
Co ordinating and organising ability
Good communication skills
About us We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust)
a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care.
We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.
Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.
At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.
Job description Job responsibilities Please see attached full Job Description and Person Specification for full details of what this role entails.
Person Specification Experience Essential
- Experience of assessing, planning and evaluating mental health nursing interventions.
- Experience of delivering psychiatric interventions to individuals who are acutely unwell
- Evidence of professional updating and development in the nursing care of patients in an acute or community setting.
- Registered Nurse (mental health)(preferred) or Social Worker or Occupational Therapy. Must have current professional registration
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