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Mental Health Liaison Nurse

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Hemel Hempstead,
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum pro rata + 5% of basic salary
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exiting opportunity for an experienced mental health Nurse to join us in our ambition to improve outcomes for older people that are an inpatient within a rehabilitation or intermediate care unit in West Herts.

Main duties of the job

You will be an experienced Nurse that is passionate about older people and the care that they receive. You will work for Mental Health Services for Older People, but all of your clinical work will be within physical health hospitals and hospices within West Herts.

You will work autonomously to develop excellent relationships with physical health colleagues, in order to provide a responsive and approachable liaison service. This will include planning your own diary to ensure that people have access to mental health advice and assessment within the hours of operation.

Mental Health Services for Older People is a multidisciplinary service that looks after older people with a functional mental health condition, and people of any age with dementia. The service is divided into four quadrants, with each comprising of a community team, a crisis function and an Early Memory Diagnosis and Support Service. The liaison post is part of the North West quadrant service. There is also a care home function that is managed as a countywide service.

As part of Mental Health Services for Older People you will have regular supervision, and an annual PDP that focusses on your strengths. We also hold regular reflective and teaching sessions.

As this role is autonomous and provides a service to our physical health colleagues, we are able to offer flexible working arrangements - for example, condensing hours, starting/ finishing earlier or later.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description Job responsibilities

Job Summary:

The post holder will be the interface between the intermediate care units, rehabilitation units and hospices in West Herts and mental health trust. The post holder will be expected to assess patients with a cognitive and or mental health problem who are inpatients of the acute district general hospital and or intermediate care unit; this will include decisions regarding risk and risk management. The post holder will carry a bleep and provide advice to general hospital colleagues as required. The post holder will regularly work alone, without direct supervision, though clinical and management supervision is provided as per Trust policy. The post holder will exercise communication skills, both verbal and written and be able to engage with acutely distressed people in challenging situations.

As a staff member the post holder represents Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) and will play a vital role in fostering positive relationships and communication between the Mental Health Trust and not only the clients and their carers and relatives, but also other agencies, charities and providers.

All staff should comply with the Trusts Anti-Discriminatory Statement, Employee Charter, Trust Policies and Procedures, Code of Conduct and Equality and Diversity.

  • Degree, diploma or equivalent in Nursing (Mental Health Nursing).
  • Registration with Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Mentorship Preparation Course.
  • Substantial post registration experience, including experience in Older People's Mental Health Care.
  • Diploma, degree or equivalent in Nursing (Adult Nursing)
  • Pre or Post registration training/ short courses in mental health and/ or older people's care
  • Community and InPatient nursing experience.
  • Liaison Mental Health Nursing
  • AMHP qualification
  • Knowledge of legislation related to mental health and social care (e.g. Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, National Service Framework, National Dementia Strategy, Care Programme Approach etc)
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel
  • Ability to manage distressing and challenging situations.
  • Supervision skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Excellent communication skills, verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to feedback and discuss cases within the multi disciplinary team.
  • Excellent report writing skills
  • Excellent documentation of duties performed.
  • Confidence to work autonomously in the community
  • Good range of problem solving skills.
  • Good range of information gathering skills
  • Ability to assess and manage risks
  • Positive approach to older people
  • Fine attention to detail

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