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Band 5 Mental Health Liaison Nurse - Hillview Lodge, Bath

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year per annum
Closing date
12 Aug 2022

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Band 5
Full Time
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This is a fixed-term/secondment for 12 months. If you are an internal candidate on a substantive contract you may only apply for a secondment. Please ensure you have the support of your current line manager before applying. At the end of your secondment you will return to your current post at your current grade.

Are you a Band 5 Mental Health Nurse looking for the new challenge? If yes, please read on...

We are looking for a passionate, ambitious and skilled Band 5 nurse who is looking to further their career, and develop their clinical practice within the Mental Health Liaison Team here in BANES. This role is a fixed-term developmental Band 5 mental health liaison nurse, with a view to progress to Band 6 in 12 months, if able to demonstrate necessary skills, monitored via continued supervision.

This is the first opportunity of this nature within the team at BANES, and are excited about the possibilities for the successful candidate! There is opportunity to work and develop clinical skills, focusing on high quality frontline psychosocial assessment for individuals presenting to the RUH following self-injury, and co-ordination of care for those admitted to the hospital and experiencing mental illness. There is additional scope for expanding knowledge & clinical expertise working with older adults suffering from organic illnesses, such as dementia.

Main duties of the job

You will be accountable for the provision of a responsive, needs-led mental health assessment and short-term intervention service to adults presenting to the RUH with mental health problems. Your role within the team will be supportive of the Band 6 practitioners and developmental of your own learning.You will be integral to an improved patient journey and outcomes for those individuals referred to the team, and should be willing to work in a flexible, but exciting way to provide exemplary care to patients, as well as support for the acute hospital. Continued awareness of the effect and impact physical health conditions have upon the mental health of service users is crucial, and development of good working relationships with both the RUH and community teams is necessary.A willingness to learn and development of a high level of clinical decision-making, risk management & documentation is required. The successful applicant will have the team's continued support to develop their skills and learning to provide this.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 substantial aspect of our role, but we approach this with shared enthusiasm and support for you, if successful in this role.

About us

Our service in BANES runs from 8am-midnight, across a 7 day week, 365 days a year, with a range of different shifts within the period, so you gain the necessary experience and understanding of the role. There is flexibility however, to ensure a positive work/life balance.

At AWP, we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from BAME backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

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.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please note that all of the following responsibilities listed are with direct supervision from senior clinicians

1. Liaison and Consultation- Support in undertaking biopsychosocial assessments of patients presenting with arange of undifferentiated mental health and psychological problems. As a result ofthis assessment, in collaboration with senior members of the team you will participatein the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care, withdirect and indirect supervision.- Assisting ward staff to formulate appropriate plans of care and make decisions incases where patients may be exhibiting complex needs and/or challengingbehaviours. - Initiate and participate in the teaching and educational programmes ofall grades of nursing and non-nursing staff. You will also provide teaching anddevelop learning opportunities for pre and post-registration nursing students.- When appropriate and under the indirect supervision of senior staff, maintain asmall caseload of patients, providing a range of clinical interventions, as appropriateto the individuals needs.- Be responsible for participating in specific clinical projects and undertake all thenecessary work to complete these, including facilitating meetings, liaising and/ornegotiating with other staff.- Participate fully in appropriate quality assurance initiatives, with the emphasis ondeveloping patient/service user-focused services.- Promote a positive attitude and encourage a supportive culture in relation to mentalhealth and psychiatric illness across the general hospital.2. Clinical Practice- Utilise a range of clinical skills appropriate to the individual patient's needs and theclinical setting in which they are being cared for.- Support senior staff to undertake biopsychosocial assessments with patientspresenting following an episode of self-harm.- Follow agreed pathways to provide prompt referral on to secondary mental healthservices, social services and voluntary groups, as appropriate.- Provide concise, effective liaison and feedback to clinical staff within the generalhospital regarding advice on appropriate management strategies for individualsreferred.- Identify and arrange follow-up options and sources of help and support for patients,as appropriate.- Provide effective liaison and communication with patients, relatives, carers, primaryhealth care and secondary mental health services.- Demonstrate and apply a sound understanding of the legal and ethical issues incaring for people with mental health problems. In particular, demonstrate a soundunderstanding of the application of the Mental Health Act and the Mental CapacityAct and their use within a non-mental health setting.3. Management Undertake the role of shift co-ordinator ensuring referrals and enquiries areeffectively and appropriately managed, triaged where appropriate and allocated forassessment taking into consideration risks and required response times (with directsupervision from Senior Clinicians).- Ensure the promotion of the health and safety, well-being and interests of patients,staff and visitors that come into contact with the service and its environs.- At all times practice within the boundaries of the NMC The Code: Standards ofconduct, performance and ethics for nurses and midwives4. Audit and evaluation- Participate in appropriate audit projects, including data collection, as a means ofcontributing to the ongoing evaluation and audit of the Mental Health Liaison Service.5. Education- Actively participate in the identification of own learning and education needs anddemonstrate achievement against personal development plans (PDPs).- Participate in the mentoring and education of a range of students placed with theteam.- Act as a practice supervisor and practice assessor where required for nursingstudents.- Participate in the planning, development and delivery of multi-professionaleducation programmes and training sessions for a range of clinical and managerialstaff.6. Clinical governance- Promote and encourage user and carer feedback regarding the service.- Participate in and undertake appraisal and clinical supervision.- Adhere to relevant trust health and safety and clinical policies as appropriate. Thisis a needs led service, and as such the pattern of work will be flexible. Thesuccessful candidate will be expected to provide a service that includes weekend, evening and bank holiday working.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Nurse (mental health). Must have current professional registration
  • Educated to at least diploma level.
  • Post graduate study
Skills Essential
  • Knowledge of nursing patients in an acute phase of mental illness/distress
  • Ability to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team not only to contribute to discussion and clinical care but to take on views of others.
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of the application of the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act
Skills Essential
  • Excellent communication skills - both face to face and written

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