Liaison Nurse

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year
Closing date
16 Aug 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Following investment, the Mental Health Liaison Service an exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated and enthusiastic clinician to work within the dynamic Mental Health Liaison Team based at the Stonebow Unit, Hereford.

The role will serve to identify and support patients who present within the acute hospital with a variety of mental health conditions alongside complex physical comorbidities. The clinical content of liaison psychiatry practice is complex, and every day brings a new challenge.

We are seeking adaptable, flexible, and competent mental health practitioners who have experience of working in mental health services and wish to develop their skills within the hospital setting.

The hours of work are 37.5 worked over 3/4 days. If you would like to discuss informally if this is the right role for you, get in touch with Recruiting Manager which can be found on the top right-hand side of the advert.

Main duties of the job

It's a little unpredictable, as you can be called at any time to a crisis situation, we discuss referrals each morning and twice weekly we review the caseloads with our consultant psychiatrist.

We complete comprehensive risk assessments for every patient, these can be completed independently although sometimes we discuss more complex patients as a Multi-disciplinary team.

The team works hard to provide a fully integrated service for our patients, so it's not just about making sure their needs are catered for while they are in the hospital, but also when they leave.

We talk to families and carers, GPs, community mental health teams, social care teams, community nurses, physiotherapists and voluntary organisations, and anyone who is necessary to ensure a full care plan is in place for a patient when they leave hospital, so the support they need at home can start the minute they arrive.

About us

We are community hospitals, neighbourhood teams and community nursing services across Worcestershire and the provider of Mental Health and Learning Disability services across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire. We work in partnership with other organisations to keep our community well at home for as long as possible.

We provide services for people of all ages, across a range of settings, experiencing both physical and/or mental health conditions.

We have an open and supportive culture, recognised by the CQC and other external regulators. We want you to thrive, offering you every opportunity to develop. We will support you; help you fulfil your ambitions with a varied and flexible training programme; and empower you to make positive changes within your team or service. We endeavour to offer an attractive work-life balance, with flexibility in our approach to help you get the most out of your career.

We provide our staff with direct access to a wealth of resources to support their wellbeing, from our Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub, to wellbeing festivals or access to free online exercise classes.

At the core of our values, we are committed to equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights. We take every opportunity to strengthen our approach to equality and diversity in delivering best patient care and the employment of our staff.

We would encourage you to visit the Trusts Recruitment Microsite, click the Employer Website link.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will:

Operate as part of a multidisciplinary team providing Liaison Services to Acute Hospitals countywide for people aged 17 and over.

Use their initiative and take responsibility for themselves and the quality of their work and the service they provide to patients.

Proactively engage in formal and informal education of Acute Trust staff and other partnership agencies as well as appropriate students.

Actively and creatively engage patients and carers encouraging them to make appropriate use of the mental health and voluntary services available as part of a process of recovery and crisis management.

Undertake full psycho-social assessments with those in need of such. Ensuring thorough, precise and timely documentation and dissemination of information in line with Trust policy and procedure.

For full details of the duties and criteria for the role please refer to the job description and person specification attached.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social Worker.
  • A relevant degree or diploma
  • Appropriate additional post-registration / graduation qualifications
  • Evidence of on-going continuing professional development
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English in both verbal and written formats.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Ability to meet the travel requirements of the role.
Knowledge Essential
  • Good working knowledge of Mental Health Act legislation and Mental Capacity Act 2005.
  • Clinical Governance, Risk Assessment and Adult/Child Protection Legislation.
Experience Essential
  • At least 2 years post qualification experience in an appropriate mental health setting
  • Working within and utilising a supervisory framework
  • Undertaking regular multi-disciplinary assessments
  • Undertaking mental state and self-harm assessments
  • Assessing and managing risk
  • Working within the Care Coordination framework
  • Supervision of junior staff and students
  • Experience of assessing people who deliberately self-harm and those diagnosed with personality disorder
  • Experience of working with people who engage in substance misuse
  • Experience of working with/assessing people with cognitive impairment and/or functional mental illness
  • Experience of working in a Liaison or Crisis & Home Treatment service
  • Acute Hospital experience
  • Working with user and carer groups

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