Liaison Mental Health Practitioner

Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
12 Aug 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is an exciting opportunity for a permanent post, working within the expanding and dynamic Acute Liaison Psychiatry Service (ALPS) based at the heart of St James University Hospital A&E department.

The ALPS team serves two hospital sites under Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust (LTHT); St James University Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary. The service receives all mental health referrals and delivers assessments to both acute hospitals Accident and Emergency Departments. In addition, the service model provides self-harm assessments to all the medical and surgical wards within the acute trust.

The driver to provide the ALPS service model is to reduce admissions to the Clinical Decisions Units within Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust and to conduct more timely assessments to those admitted to medical inpatient areas of LTHT following an act of self-harm.

Main duties of the job

ALPS provide comprehensive mental health and risk assessments to those referred, following which plans are formulated. As a service we work closely with medical colleagues from LTHT to ensure continuity of care, effective communication and support and advice is provided across both trusts.

We receive support from a part time consultant liaison psychiatrist who provides 2 weekly supervision to the team. There is also an on-call rota of senior liaison psychiatrists and conduct both lone and joint assessments.

As a service we also provide teaching sessions to non-mental health staff in order to provide a broaderunderstanding and awareness regarding mental health presentations, in turn enabling them to respond to mental health needs more effectively.

For this role you will be a compassionate and person-centred clinician who can carry out comprehensive mental health and risk assessments to a high standard through excellent communication and risk management skills and have the confidence to assess complex clinical issues in a busy, demanding yet rewarding environment.

About us

We are a high quality, high performing NHS foundation trust. We are the main provider of specialist mental health and learning disability services in Leeds. We also provide specialist inpatient services in York as well as some highly specialised services across the country.We employ around 3,000 staff and every year we have contact with over 25,000 service users. Our vision is to provide outstanding mental health and learning disability services as an employer of choice. Our ambition is to support our service users and carers, our staff and the communities we serve to live healthy and fulfilling lives. We need people like you to help us achieve our goals; to live our lives free from stigma and discrimination; and to improve the lives of people with a learning disability and mental ill health. We perform well againstlocal and national targetsand inour most recent CQC inspection, 85% of our services were rated good or outstanding.As a teaching trust with strong links to local universities, we are a centre of excellence for teaching,research and development.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will work as an autonomous practitioner as a member of a specialist team providing a rapid mental health and self-harm assessment service to individuals presenting to the emergency departments of the Leeds teaching hospitals NHS trust (acute trust) with a mental health difficulty or following an episode of self-harm. The post holder will be based within the emergency department; with most assessments being carried out in the department, in collaboration with Emergency department colleagues. The post holder will have day to day responsibility for screening referrals and prioritising them according to urgency. They will also balance the demands of assessment with the follow up needs of those admitted to an acute medical bed following an episode of self-harm. Consequently, they will have highly developed decision-making skills and be confident in working across and communicating within acute and mental health services.

The clinicians biopsychosocial and risk assessment will subsequently influence the course of the care pathway.

The role requires excellent assessment skills and an ability to formulate sometimes complex presentations. The post holder will be clinical decisions, acting on them quickly in a challenging and demanding environment.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Recognised professional qualification RMN, Social Worker, OT.
  • Will be able to demonstrate a high level of understanding of the national and local mental health and social care agenda and be able contribute to service development initiatives.
Skills Essential
  • A full driving license is a requirement
  • Will maintain current specific professional and legal standards of practice in accordance with professional codes of conduct.
Experience Essential
  • Extensive experience of working in partnership with service users, carers, and other agencies.

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