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Psychiatric Liaison Practitioner

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen with the Psychiatry Liaison Service at Luton & Dunstable University hospital provided by East London Foundation Trust (ELFT).

The department of Liaison Psychiatry is looking to recruit band 6 1WTE Psychiatric Liaison Practitioner to join Acute Liaison Psychiatry Service.

The post holder will work in partnership with the Operational Manager, nurse colleagues, consultant psychiatrists and medical colleagues to provide high quality clinical assessment and mental health care to the patient at Luton & Dunstable General hospital. The post holder will work at part of the MDT reporting to the Operations Manager. As a practitioner you will participate in service development and maintaining standards of mental health service provision to Luton & Dunstable University hospital. Various shift patterns available including long days. You will be expected to do ALL shifts.

Are you ambitious and motivated to learn new skill? Spearhead your career? Training and mentoring available.

Main duties of the job

Provide a single multidisciplinary mental health and drug assessment service

Provide expert advice on the management, treatment and diagnosis of patients to acute hospital clinicians

Provide support to acute hospital clinicians

Provide training to acute hospital clinicians

To improve health outcomes for patients

To reduce length of stay for patients

To reduce readmissions to the Emergency Department

To reduce re-attendances to the Emergency Department

To improve the experience of patients who receive care in the acute hospital

To reduce direct admissions to care homes

To improve Luton & Dunstable Hospital staff awareness, skills and knowledge in mental health and drugs and alcohol

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please could you kindly refer to the job description and person specification attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse
  • Current Professional Registration
  • ENB 998 or equivalent
  • Evidence of continual professional development
  • Recognised post graduate qualifications in a specialist area of adult or older adult mental health
Experience Essential
  • Substantial post qualification experience in the field of adult and/or older adult
  • Previous experience at working at senior level
  • Previous experience at working autonomously
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary mental health team
  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural environment and of ensuring that nursing practice is culturally sensitive
  • Experience of supervising staff
  • Extensive and demonstrable experience of assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating programs of care, particularly in an acute care or older adult community setting
  • Essential and demonstrable experience of writing concise and clear clinical reports
  • Experience of teaching and assessing in specialist mental health adult and/or older adult settings
  • Experience of developing or contributing to the development of new services preferably in mental health
Knowledge Essential
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to promote the rights, responsibilities and recovery of adults and/or older adults with mental health problems
  • Demonstrate a full understanding of the key issues and priorities relating to the provision of liaison mental health services in an acute hospital for aged 16 years and over
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the expectations, pressures and demands of an acute inner city hospital, wards and Registered care homes.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of current legislation and policy pertaining to the provision of mental health services in all settings including the Mental Health Act 1983, Mental Capacity Act 2005, NHS and Community Care Act 1990, Human Rights Act 1998
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge, expertise and practical experience of a full range of therapeutic nursing skills and approaches to people with mental health problems aged 16 years and above
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge, understanding and practical experience of risk assessment and risk management
  • Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of child and adult protection issues
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of clinical governance and the provision of evidenced based care
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding and commitment to implementing the Equal Opportunities policy
  • Demonstrate an understanding of research and audit
Skills Essential
  • Demonstrate well developed and confident professional nursing skills
  • Demonstrate skills in providing effective nursing leadership
  • Demonstrate skills in managing and leading members of a multidisciplinary team to ensure staff are supported in a rapidly changing environment
  • Demonstrate skills in providing structured and focused supervision and consultation
  • Demonstrate skills in managing the performance of staff under their supervision
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrate excellent problem solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Demonstrate an ability to make balanced clinical judgments and decisions
  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills incl. verbal, written and, electronic
  • Demonstrate skills in audit and research
  • Demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively and respectfully with colleagues from a range of different professional backgrounds and across professional and organisational boundaries
Other Essential
  • Demonstrate a genuine commitment to mental health practice for ages 16 years and over
  • Demonstrate a genuine commitment to providing person centered/individualised care
  • Demonstrate a high level of self-awareness

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