Mental Health Liaison Practitioner

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year Per annum/pro-rata
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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An opportunity has arisen within Oxfordshire CAMHS for a permanent contract to work as a Band 6 Mental Health Liaison Practitioner.

This role will work closely with the current Clinical Interface and Transitions Manager who provides the day-to-day liaison and support between Oxfordshire CAMHS and other partners, (OUH, Social Care, Education) to be able to make clinical assessments and decisions as appropriate.

This is a new role that we are trialing and are keen to offer the post to an experienced CAMHS practitioner who is enthusiastic, enjoys a challenge, and keen to be involved in developing a new initiative. The successful candidate must be comfortable working alone, confident in decision making as well as having an ability to build meaningful relationships quickly with other professionals.

The role requires flexibility due to the variety of the role and also the use of initiative to support the development of the role. The post holder will need to travel urgently across our sites a car driver a necessity.

Main duties of the job

Some of the main duties include:
  • To provide a quality service to support timely discharge and signposting avoiding prolonged lengths of stay in acute hospital environments.
  • To establish and maintain effective collaboration with a range of agencies, including Social Care, Health, Mental Health, & Education, facilitating meetings and discussion to provide appropriate Services and care for children and young people in Oxfordshire or placed out of county.
  • Contribute to reducing unnecessary admissions to secondary care, sourcing and maintaining appropriate care packages, in conjunction with appropriate services.
  • To support the Interface and Transition Manager in developing a range of transition pathways for young people and their families, promoting good transition processes and continuity of care between services
  • To provide consultation, advice, training, and support to partnership agencies, regarding the management and support of positive mental health

About us

Oxford Health offers great opportunities for continued development.

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust include:
  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
  • Staff accommodation
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme

Job description Job responsibilities

Further responsibilities include:
  • To provide a liaison role for Oxfordshire CAMHS patients supporting the Transitions & Interface Manager ensuring good communication between services, agencies, and placements, in and out of county for mental health care needs.
  • Facilitating inter agency meetings with partner agencies in Health, Social Care Education and Mental Health to ensure that appropriate care is provided for young people or signposting to appropriate placements to accommodate suitable health or mental health care needs.
  • Providing liaison with the local Oxfordshire CAMHS Team Managers, when care is needed for looked after young people returning to the county.
  • Participate and facilitate meetings to review S136 placements of young people under 18, ensuring timely and appropriate assessment and reviews are in motion, safeguarding of the young person is maintained, and early discharge to suitable care is facilitated.
  • Participate in clinical meetings, case conferences and professional meetings as required and sometimes on short notice and may need to be prioritised on the same day.
  • To provide clinical liaison for Oxfordshire CAMHS patients placed within Tier 4 units, ensuring there is good communication between community services, relevant agencies, and placements.
  • In conjunction with the Interface and Transition Manager, to provide appropriate liaison, escalating as required, when resourcing appropriate specialist inpatient accommodation.
  • Providing prompt and effective liaison with OUH Acute Hospitals regarding CYP who require additional Mental Health resources via the local Community or Crisis service.
  • Building and maintaining strong, effective relationships with adult services and social care colleagues.
  • Monitor and evaluate the Service provision and provide reports as required.

Please note:
  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.
  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.
  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.
  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.
  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.
  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Person Specification Knowledge Essential
  • Experience at a Band 5 level or equivalent within Mental Health settings
  • To have ability to assess client need, both mental health, health, and social needs
Qualifications Essential
  • Professional registration in Mental Health, Allied Health Professionals or Social Care (degree/diploma level)
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) portfolio.
  • Teaching/mentoring qualification
Experience/Personal Qualities Essential
  • Commitment to client centred, non-discriminatory practice
  • Ability to reflect on and critically appraise the performance of self and others
  • Able to work collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to manage stress and at times pressured working environment.
  • Able to manage work/life balance
  • Have experience in producing reports and presenting data
  • Experience in user and carer involvement/consultation

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