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Mental Health Liaison Service Band 5-6 Developmental Post.

Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £40,588 a year Per Annum
Closing date
29 Sep 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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The Mental Health Liaison Service is a CORE 24, PLAN (Psychiatric Liaison Accreditation Network) accredited team working within Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill hospitals, specialising in providing mental health care within the acute hospitals. You will be joining an already well established team that will be ready to support you.

Our service has been awarded a substantial capital investment to develop the service and we are offering the opportunity of two band 5-6 developmental posts.

We are welcoming interest from Registered Mental Health and Learning Disability Nurses and Registered Social Workers. The successful applicant will be required to utilise a Competency Framework for Mental Health Liaison Nurses for a minimum of 18 months (plus 6 months if requiring completion of preceptorship). There is a strong support structure within the team and we will also encourage you to access external training and development opportunities.

We are an ageless service delivering comprehensive mental health assessments, brief intervention, care planning and signposting/referral for patients within the acute hospitals. The team works closely with many local services in order to help collaboratively serve the needs of those with mental health difficulties. Common presentations include deliberate self-harm, depression, dementia, alcohol misuse, psychosis, adjustment to illness and physical and psychological co-morbidities.

Main duties of the job

As a band 5 Liaison Practitioner you will;
  • Offer a Mental Health and Risk assessment service to an ageless patient group presenting at the general hospital with a broad range of mental health, psychological problems and diagnosed psychiatric illnesses.
  • e committed to the parity of esteem agenda, and work closely with both physical and mental health clinicians to ensure a seamless delivery of care.
  • Provide a Mental health consultation, liaison and advice service throughout the departments.
  • Assist and supporting general hospital colleagues in making decisions about treatment and care in complex situations.
  • Improve knowledge and understanding of mental health issues within the hospital and proactively explore and develop partnerships and pathways to improve patient prognosis and outcomes
  • Provide formal and informal education and case consultation to registered and unregistered staff.
  • Represent mental health services within the Hospitals.
  • Provide a communication structure between secondary mental health services, primary care and non-statutory services, as a means of ensuring the highest possible standards of patient care.

About us

We are an award winning and CQC rated good health and social care Trust that delivers care to communities in Hull, East Yorkshire, Scarborough and Ryedale and Whitby. We deliver safe, effective and integrated health services that improve the physical, mental and social health and wellbeing of our patients and service users.

To find out more about our wide range of services including mental health, learning disabilities, children and young people service, Forensic, Community and Primary Care visit our Trust website

You will join our team of over 2,800 colleagues that work together across our wide geography and specialties to change lives every day. We're extremely proud of our Trust community and we know you can expect to receive a warm welcome and all the support you'll need from your new team to get you started.

Job description Job responsibilities

For further details with regard to this vacancy opportunity, please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification.

If you are interested in this post and would like further information then we would welcome you to contact Emma Hooley, Clinical Lead ( or Emma Thompson, Team Lead ( on 01482 226226. Please do not contact us for application forms.

Person Specification Knowledge Essential
  • A broad understanding of relevant policy, legislation drivers and their application to clinical and service area, e.g. Mental Capacity Act, Social Inclusion
  • An understanding of relevant clinical practice/standards within identified clinical area
  • Full understanding of relevant policy, drivers and their application to clinical and service area, e.g. NSF, Social Inclusion
Experience Essential
  • Appropriate knowledge/experience of working in mental health/learning disability clinical practice areas
  • Willingness to undertake and complete preceptorship; facilitating the transition for newly qualified nurse booklet and core competency development programme.
  • Evidence of specialist practice skills and able to demonstrate the impact of this on practice change/development
  • Evidence of promoting/supporting active user/carer involvement/participation
Qualifications Essential
  • Degree or equivalent knowledge/experiential learning in either nursing, mental health, learning disability or related area
  • Willingness to undertake mentorship training and responsibilities
  • Evidence of current CPD/formal qualifications at an advanced level e.g. degree or post graduate level or equivalent knowledge/experiential learning
Effort and Environment Essential
  • Occasionally the work pattern will be unpredictable
  • Ability to commute between the various sites
Personal Attributes Essential
  • Able to demonstrate effective inter-personal/communication skills
  • Ability to demonstrate ethical values and attitudes within a culture of equality and diversity
  • Working knowledge of Trust policies and procedures.

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