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Mental Health Liaison Practitioner

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
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Lancaster MHLT is seeking to appoint a band 6 practitioner, this is a well-established team with a wealth of experience. We are supportive and caring team, who will welcome a new team member with all they can bring to the team and what we offer.

We are seeking to appoint an individual that can demonstrate that they can offer a wide variety of experience to our team. As a Registered Nurse you will be responsible for supporting your team in ensuring that our service users' needs are met through the delivery of high-quality care.

As a centre of excellence, you will offer a person-centred approach to their independence and well-being. Patients present in AED with a wide range of mental health and psychological problems, including following an episode of self-harm, psychiatric emergency and as a consequence of physical illness.

Main duties of the job

You will be expected to work with individuals experiencing psychosomatic disorders and a variety of psychological and adjustment issues resulting from physical illness.

You will be required to make autonomous decisions, based on an analysis of complex presenting problems, while utilising effective clinical judgments about the most appropriate treatment, discharge and follow-up options.

You will use higher- level communication skills, both written and oral and have an ability to engage with challenging and/or acutely distressed individuals, sometimes in potentially hostile and/or antagonistic situations.

You will be supported by our band 7 practitioner when completing your assessment to enable you to jointly discuss and signpost appropriately and safely.

Another challenge is the role of liaison and working with different professionals and hospital trusts. Working between the acute trust and LSCFT is our day to day business. The team also receives referrals for patients who are from other areas of the country but within our hospital.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as; term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

For more information, please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about the role.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health) - current NMC Registration. Or equivalent
  • Evidence of professional updating and development in the nursing care of patients in an acute or community setting.
  • Diploma in Professional Studies (Nursing) - or equivalent.
Knowledge Essential
  • A minimum of two years post-registration mental health nursing experience.
  • Involvement in innovative nursing practice and multi-cultural nursing environments.
Experience Essential
  • Skills in assessing, planning and evaluating mental health nursing interventions.
  • Skills in interacting therapeutically with distressed and/or disturbed individuals
  • Skills in individual nursing interventions
  • Skills in teaching, supervision and self-appraisal.
  • Skills in multi-disciplinary team-work.
  • Skill in interacting effectively with colleagues.
  • Ability to cope with stress.
  • Excellent presentation skills - both verbally and non-verbally.

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