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Team Leader Mental Health Liaison Team

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£47,154 to £52,936 a year per annum
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a full time Band 7 Team Leader to join the Lewisham Mental Health Liaison Team within our busy, multi-disciplinary Liaison Service based at Lewisham Hospital.

The Mental Health Liaison Team provides a 24 hr/ 7 days a week service to Lewisham Hospital offering urgent assessments to adult patients attending the Emergency Department and those admitted to the inpatient wards; working closely with Lewisham Hospital teams.

South London and Maudsley NHS Trust has a rich history, well-established community links and an international reputation. We deliver specialist services in the London boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark, Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich.

We are committed to provide a high quality and specialist care to our service users and we are recognised for our care and treatment we provide. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good'.

Our Values

We take pride in providing specialist care to our service users where our Trust values and our promise to be caring, kind, polite, prompt, honest, listen and do what I say I'm going to do is at the heart of everything we do. When you join us, you'll be part of something special.

As an Trust we are happy to talk flexible working

Main duties of the job

The Team Leader will be responsible for the day to day clinical leadership, management and performance of the Mental Health Liaison Team in the Emergency Department; and will be responsible for the effective supervision of the nursing team, supported by the Service Manager

You must have excellent clinical skills, be able to demonstrate an ability to complete complex, comprehensive mental state examinations. Ability to thoroughly assess risk, formulate safe and effective risk management plans and support making complex discharge and pathway decisions.

You will be expected to offer senior clinical advice and support to colleagues both within the liaison service and Emergency Department. You should have senior experience of management of mental health emergencies, and crisis care in a variety of settings. A comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the important interface between physical and mental health is essential.

You must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. You must also be motivated, flexible and be able to show initiative in an environment which can be fast paced and pressured. All applicants must also hold the relevant mentorship qualification.

You will join the team as we continue to develop our service in line with NHS England standards according to the CORE 24 Model for Mental Health Liaison Services. Clinical supervision can be provided along with excellent training opportunities.

About us

About the location:

The post is based at Lewisham Hospital.

Our Trust headquarters is located at Denmark Hill less than 5 minutes from the train station (zone 2). We also provide services and operate across other locations, such as London boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark; and substance misuse services for residents of Bexley, Lambeth, Greenwich and Wandsworth.


We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. There is an extensive range of excellent benefits for you and your family. We want you to feel like you are part of a close knit team at SLaM. It's important to us that you valued and appreciated and that are why we have a comprehensive benefits package on offer

We look forward to receiving your application.

Job description Job responsibilities

The Trust is committed to providing services which embrace diversity and that promote equality of opportunity. We are a Disability Confident Employer, we welcome applicants from all sections of the community and people of all protected characteristics. We provide reasonable adjustments for candidates with a disability and are committed to treating people fairly with compassion, respect and dignity and in promoting equality and human rights. We aim to put this commitment into practice by:
  • Embedding our commitment to tackling inequality, eliminating discrimination and harassment; promoting equality of opportunity and fostering good relations in our everyday practice
  • Ensuring that all our services and all staff understand and support our commitment
  • We believe that people who use our services, their carers and our staff, should be treated with compassion, respect and dignity

Please note:
  • That all applications for this post will need to be made online
  • That you read and understand the Job Description and Personal Specification attached to the role. Your Statement in Support should reflect the requirements specified as your application will be judged against these criteria
  • That the closing date listed is a guide only and that the vacancy may close earlier should sufficient number of applicants have been received. We advise that you submit your application as early as possible
  • That once you have submitted your application you agree to your application being transferred to a 3rd party e-recruitment system. All subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from
  • That should you not have heard from us within three weeks from the closing date your application has not successful
  • That priority consideration for applications may be given to at-risk NHS employees
  • That should you be successful and appointed, you authorise South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust to confirm your previous NHS service via an Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process
  • That we are a smoke-free Trust

SLaM is a Stonewall Diversity Champion , Stonewall is the largest Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans (LGBT) rights charity in Europe

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • oRegistered Mental Health Nurse
  • oEvidence of continued professional development
  • oAt least 5 years post qualifying work in mental health services with a sound knowledge of the full range of mental health services, both inpatient and community based.
  • oAt least 2 years at working at band 6 level or above.
  • Mentorship qualification
  • Masters qualifications
Skills and Experience Essential
  • oMust be able to have an overview of the provision of mental health services and ensure service users'needs are met appropriately. This will mean a pro-active approach to bed management and promoting flexibility throughout the various parts of the service.
  • oWorking knowledge of relevant legislation associated with acute mental health care, including MHA 2007, CPA procedures, Human Rights Act
  • oA sound understanding of how to assess and meet the needs of adults with acute mental illness
  • oExperience in the management of psychiatric crises and emergencies
  • oExperience of managing and leading a team through change
  • oPrevious experience working within Mental Health Liaison Services
Knowledge Essential
  • oExperience of service development, Quality Improvement and leading change
  • oDemonstrate skills in autonomous, senior decision making
  • Understanding the demands of patient flow within the borough and service
  • oEvidence of other advanced education related to Psychiatric Liaison development

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