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Band 7 Mental Health Liaison Senior Practitioner - Salisbury

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum
Closing date
29 Sep 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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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 specialised 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

You will be participating in the provision of a responsive, needs-led mental health assessment and short-term intervention service to adults presenting to the SDH, with a range of mental health problems, with focus on self-harm assessment. There are exciting teaching & educational opportunities to provide training for the acute hospital to ensure a safe & responsive service for the SDH

The successful candidate would be a dynamic and pro-active practitioner who would be able to thrive working in the fast paced and unpredictable general hospital environment.Preferably it would desirable if the successful candidate has an understanding of working alongside the acute general hospital, and the challenges this brings.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated individual with excellent frontline assessment skills, who either holds a professional registration. It is important that you are comfortable with undertaking complex risk assessments and are able to make evidence based clinical decisions under pressure. There would be an expectation for you to support & develop the practitioners in the team, to promote autonomous & safe practice to the highest standard, whilst also supporting the team manager.

You should able to provide evidence of continued professional development. You will be a team player and someone who is able to show sensitivity and tact as an essential requirement, with excellent communication and interpersonal 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

To provide clinical leadership, supervision, support and consultation tonursing staff and MDT staff in the team, in line with the relevant clinicalpathway as outlined within the operational procedures.

Take a clinical lead on the training and development of staff both within theteam and across the wider acute hospital footprint.

Be expected to support the band 6 practitioners in the assessment ofpeople attending the A&E department, offering highly developed riskassessments and management plans.

Provide a service to the wards, assessing individuals with a range ofcomplex mental health needs.

Deputise for the Team Manager in their absence and take on anydelegated management duties as and when required.

To be responsible for, both individually and within the team, thedevelopment, delivery and review of comprehensive and complex treatment programmes using appropriate frameworks in line with evidencebased practice, including strategies to manage risk for service users with complex needs and carers, bringing in other resources as required.

Within sphere of expertise, and advanced practice, to be responsible forcoordinating care for a small number of service users, also providing defined interventions to individuals on other workers caseloads.

To plan, deliver, and evaluate defined advanced specialist therapeuticinterventions within sphere of expertise ,including to service users who maybe on other caseloads. This might include:a. Family interventionb. Psychological therapies such as CBT.c. Medication managementd. Interventions under the Mental Health Act

To oversee and deliver a range of defined activities/interventions toimprove the carers ability to support the service user and to enable them in their relationship with the service user.

To lead, in partnership with the team manager, ensuring the servicedevelops and maintains excellent clinical standards, and effective caseloadsupervision, underpinned by robust and effective individual and teamsupervision processes.

To oversee and ensure, across the team, there are effective riskmanagement plans and strategies, for service users and carers, takingaccount of risks to service users, carers, the organisation, staff and the public.

In collaboration with service users and carers, to be responsible, acrossthe service for facilitating and ensuring, the development of complexcomprehensive crisis plans, rapid access plans, advance statements etc,involving other agencies such as primary care etc where appropriate.

To develop and maintain, good partnership working with other servicesthroughout all treatment episodes, including regular liaison within PrimaryHealth Care Team, inpatient and intensive services, day services, voluntarysector and with nominated carers/advocates.

Develop and maintain communication with a wide range ofpeople/services/ agencies about complex matters or in complex situationswith the purpose of sharing developing or resolving difficult or complex issues for the benefit of service users/carer and the service.

To represent the organisation in a range of settings, presenting, facilitatingor explaining as appropriate and dealing with any questions or difficulties as they arise.

To personally build and lead others to build, hope inspiring relationshipswith service users, which acknowledge the personal journey of each person, and focus on strengths and aspirations to allow the creation of meaningfulpersonal recovery plans.

To support the team manager in developing systems and processes forthe effective management and monitoring of the team caseload, on a day today basis, ensuring that time is prioritised effectively, and service users andcarer receive the appropriate level of service.

To lead and promote a whole team approach within the service to ensurea shared ownership of the team caseload.

To be responsible for regularly monitoring and evaluating treatmentprogrammes for service users and carers, making appropriate clinical/practice decision in regard to ongoing needs, and offering supervision to others.

To be responsible for the protection of individuals from abuse and harm inline with local safeguarding policies and procedures, by developing andreviewing with others protection plans and management strategies, ensuring the appropriate sharing of information.

Personally and leading others to collaboratively and sensitively work withindividuals with a range of mental health needs to develop skills to managetheir own health, in accordance with their personal recovery plan by actively promoting and using approaches which are affirming, build on strengths, identify past positive experiences and success, and use small steps to move towards the persons goal.

To provide a leadership role within the team, in the absence of the Teammanager, providing cover for the manager and colleagues as required.

To work with the Team Manager to ensure the continuing improvementsto the service in line with organisational goals.

To maintain the single health and social care record, ensuring both paperand electronic records are kept up to date in accordance with professionaland organisational standards.

Report and record within agreed timeframes, all activity relating toinformation reporting and performance requirements.

To participate in, and deliver as required, management, caseload andclinical supervision in accordance with trust policy.

Demonstrate responsibility for developing own practice in line withprofessional qualifications and for the development of others, bothpractitioners, and those in training by making use of and providing, effective feedback, specialist therapeutic clinical supervision, coaching and appraisal.

To adhere to professional codes of conduct ensuring required skills andcompetencies required are maintained.

Promote monitor and maintain best practice in health, safety and securityof self and others, undertaking assessments and taking appropriate actionwhere required.

Work with the Team Manager to develop a culture that promotes equalityand values diversity.

Lead, practices which enable effective team working.

To participate in on call rotas as required.

To participate in local arrangements in order to ensure consistent care toservice users across the local geography.

Person Specification Essential Essential
  • Registered Mental Nurse (RMN), Social Work qualification (CSS, CQSW or DipSW), Occupational Therapy qualification.
  • Substantial post-registration experience gained working in front-line services, undertaking assessments and delivering therapeutic interventions including in the most complex clinical cases.
  • Significant experience of complex assessment, risk management and care planning in complex need.
  • Evidence of teaching / training skills and of mentoring/assessing students and learners
  • Highly developed verbal communication skills, able to engage effectively with people at all levels even when a more assertive approach is needed.
  • Experience of management or provision of clinical supervision to others.
  • Further relevant post-registration qualifications - e.g. NMP, CBT, THORN
  • Enhanced knowledge and understanding of Safeguarding, including but not limited to MAPPA, MARAC, Child Protection Procedures

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