Mental Health Liaison Nurse

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
5 Oct 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Would you like the opportunity to join an established supportive team where your opinion is valued and matters? You will join the team at an exciting time as we are currently developing our service in line with NHS England standards according to the CORE 24 Model for Mental Health Liaison Services and have been awarded additional funding to create new posts for a further five Band 6 clinicians. We are actively recruiting to other disciplines to join our team in line with CORE 24 standards and this includes medical and psychology colleagues. In line with CORE 24 standards we will be working towards an ageless service working with adults aged 18 plus.

This is a challenging but rewarding post that suits well motivated individuals who have an on-going desire to develop their knowledge and skills in the speciality of mental health and comorbid physical illness. Professional development and learning opportunities are available within and external to the team. A strong understanding of liaison and commitment to team working is vital.

Main duties of the job

The Mental Health Liaison Service provides a 24-hour service, 7 days a week to Walsall Manor Hospital. The team provides high quality mental health nursing and psychiatric care and an urgent assessment service to people attending the Emergency Department in times of mental health crisis, and an assessment and liaison service to the medical wards within the main hospital site. The liaison team experiences a high number of referrals which can be complex and challenging. This provides an excellent opportunity to enhance your practice and develop your nursing skills. In order to be considered for these posts - you will have already gained experience in mental health nursing within an acute setting (in-patient, crisis team) and have robust and sound clinical assessment and decision-making skills including the ability to prioritise your workload whilst maintaining a degree of flexibility to accommodate competing demands of the service when they arise. You will have an up-to-date knowledge of national and local policies. Furthermore the ability to meet local Trust targets in a timely response is essential. The post requires excellent communication skills both written and verbal and the ability to work in a dynamic and busy environment. As always, we expect decision-making to be made in collaboration with our service users and carers with a view to facilitating treatment in the least restrictive environment.

About us

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist mental health, learning disability, and community healthcare services for the population of the Black Country.

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was formed on 1 April 2020, after NHS England and NHS Improvement approved the merger of Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.

Combining resources, strategies and talented workforce enables us to deliver a wider variety of outstanding services that are based on best practice and are continually improving.

We currently employ over 3,000 members of staff and just like the population we serve, we are made up of diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Job description Job responsibilities

To provide a timely response to all individuals who present at Emergency Department with mental health problems, acts of deliberate self-harm and suicide attempts in order to reduce waiting times for Mental Health Assessments and Risk Assessments.

To record interventions on our electronic patient record system.

To provide support and advice to ward staff dealing with patients with mental health problems in order to improve understanding.

To work alongside acute staff and raise awareness of the importance of good mental health and how to deal with patients who suffer with mental health illness, who also have comorbid medical conditions on order to enhance the current level of care offered

Person Specification Education / Training Essential
  • First Level Nursing Qualification
  • Evidence of further education and development
  • extensive post registration experience
knowledge / experience Essential
  • Experience of working with individuals who have self harmed
  • Able to demonstarte extensive experience of working autonomously with adults with complex mental health issues
  • Experience of working in a variety of settings
  • experience of teaching and assessing in clinical areas
  • Experience of developing and delivering training programmes
  • Experience of working in a Mental Health Liaison service
  • Experience of leading on clinical service developments
  • Clinical supervisory experience
  • Experience in quality initiatives / audits / research
skills and abilities Essential
  • Training in psychological theapies
  • 998 or equivalent
  • effective communication skills both verbal and written
personal qualities Essential
  • Embrace continual change in organisational working and culture. Awareness of change
  • Ability to manage time under pressure
Experience Desirable
  • Experience of working with Older Adults who are experiencing Mental Illness

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