Mental Health Liaison Nurse in Old Age Psychiatry

Powys Teaching Health Board
£41,659 to £47,673 a year per annum
Closing date
2 Oct 2022

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Old Age
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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The post holder will provide on request, assessments of Nursing Mental Health issues at the Community Hospitals and Care Home settings. The assessment will occur upon the ward requesting advice, within an agreed time scale.

Provide specialist advice to the wards which supports the development of a care plan, formulated to meet the needs of the patient.

Provide specialist mental health assessment, in-reach, and treatments advice of patient's aged 65 years and upward. Concessions are made for patients with organic illnesses that would be better managed by the Older Persons Mental Health Team.

The promotion of mental health improvement will be interfaced with theirphysical independence, thus encouraging a speedier return to their place ofdwelling, and avoidance of unhelpful lengthy admissions.

The post holder can also be seen as a link between the existing Mental Health Medical staff and Community Psychiatric Nursing already available.

This is an attempt to supplement existing support in its ability to assess, implement, plan, and evaluate care in Community Hospitals requiring specialist mental health advice.

In acute situations where the ward teams may be experiencing great difficulties in management of treatments, the post holder may be able to give advice on The Code of Practice (Mental Health Act 2007).

Main duties of the job

As a Mental Health Liaison Nurse in Old Age Psychiatry you will provide a high quality liaison service to people aged 65 and over, admitted to one of our 5 Community Hospitals in Brecon, Bronllys, Llandrindod Wells, Knighton and Ystradgynlais who are experiencing symptoms of functional or organic illness. The work is interesting and varied, and the liaison role is well supported by other members of the Older People's Team. Our liaison service operates from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (excluding public holidays).

Good practice is encouraged by reflective individual supervision. You will be supported to develop existing skills in mental health assessment and planning, in delivering teaching to general nurse colleagues and in undertaking audits. There are opportunities for personal and professional development and training. You should be a qualified nurse, registered with the NMC and with post-qualification experience. Prior experience of liaison or Community Mental Health Team working would be a bonus. You will need to have good communication and interface skills, good timekeeping and organisational skills, teamwork and leadership qualities.

About us

Powys is cited as being a wonderful place to live and work; a rural health setting where you can personally and professionally grow, where patients are at the heart of care provision. If you are an ambitious professional in search of job satisfaction, Powys is the place to be. Whatever your career aspirations, we are committed to supporting and developing you.

Powys Teaching Health Board is responsible for meeting the health and wellbeing needs of the population of Powys. Powys is the largest county in Wales with Snowdonia to the North and the Brecon Beacons to the South, the spectacular scenery is something to behold. Working in partnership, we commission and provide award-winning hospital, community, mental health and learning disability services, so our portfolio is varied and diverse. We are proud to offer patients an unrivalled level of care and range of careers for professionals who want to make a real difference.

Did you know - Powys Teaching Health Board accepts applications to retire and return from within the NHS in Wales. If you would like to know more, please contact the Powys Teaching Health Board Workforce team on 01874 712580 or

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Applicants are invited to apply in Welsh, any application submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application made in English.

Job description Job responsibilities

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac.

Person Specification Qualifications and Knowledge Essential
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse
  • Substantial post registration experience of working in older persons and/or working age adult clinical specialities with a working knowledge of both in hospital and community settings
  • Demonstrate significant experience of working in mental health services
  • Able to effectively function as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Able to prioritise and manage own workload
  • Highly developed specialist knowledge, skilled at mental health assessment requiring the ability to plan and organise complex care arrangements requiring formulation and analysis
  • Ability to communicate highly complex and sensitive information to patients, carers and professionals
  • Ability to build up effective working relationships across divisions outside of Mental Health, developing networks to improve the patient experience
  • Effective decision maker, able to plan, deliver and evaluate treatment packages as a lone practitioner
  • Positive attitude towards working with vulnerable people, of all ages
  • Nurse prescribing Master's in Nursing or working towards Master degree or equivalent
  • Specialist qualification in DCM and Dementia Diagnosis
  • Provide specialist training to professionals, relatives and patients
  • Advanced knowledge of Older Peoples Mental Health assessment tools
  • Knowledge of a wide range of complex physical health issues which impact on mental health needs

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