Mental Health Liaison Team OPMH Practitioner

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year
Closing date
17 Feb 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for innovative, motivated and compassionate mental health professionals to join the Mental Health Liaison Team within Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth. This part of our service operates between 9am-5pm 7 days a week, therefore regular weekend working will be required. We would consider part time and fixed working patterns but please phone to discuss prior to application.

We offer a dynamic role to work with patients over the age of 18 with either an acute mental health concern or worsening of a pre-existing condition. Your role will include:

-Conducting full, holistic, biopsychosocial mental health assessments.

-Administering personalised interventions.

-Providing tailored treatment and support.

-Completing recovery focused care plans with patients.

-Working collaboratively with our acute physical health colleagues in Queen Alexandra Hospital to deliver holistic integrated care

As a service, we offer extensive supervision and training to develop your skills, and there are continuous opportunities to work throughout different areas of the hospital. We have weekly complex case discussions to give staff the opportunity to explore specific cases from the previous week. Furthermore, we have daily MDTs to discuss assessments and treatment plans. Our MDTs welcome a variety of different disciplines, including psychologists, social workers, mental health nurses, physical health nurses, psychiatrists, and occupational therapists, all with the aim of improving patient outcomes.

Main duties of the job

To provide specialist mental health assessments for older people within Queen Alexandra Hospital.

To provide complete and thorough assessments working alongside the Older Persons Mental Health Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist to support in the new diagnosis of dementia and other psychiatric conditions

To provide support effectively and efficiently to patients who are presenting with a mental health crisis, or who have mental health needs as a result of their physical illness or as a result of being hospitalised

To support staff on wards in the management of patient presenting with a delirium or BPSD.

To advise non-psychiatry staff on outcome of assessment and formulate a care plan based on clinical intervention and risk management.

To provide time limited liaison reviews when needed for those patients with more complex and enduring mental health needs whilst inpatient in Queen Alexandra hospital.

Work positively and collaboratively as an integral part Older Peoples Mental Health services and effectively liaise with multi-agency colleagues, patients, and their supporters.

Contribute to the development and quality of clinical practice of liaison work with this client group at local and national levels.

To provide mental health education, advice and training to clinical staff and students at Queen Alexandra Hospital.

To work 5 days per week on a shift rotational basis. At present OPMH service runs from 9am to 5pm including rotational weekend.

About us

Are you committed to providing remarkable care and service?

Are you passionate about helping people and want to make a difference every day?

We want to meet you!

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities. We are committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect through our 6,500 strong workforce.

Southern Health has over 300 sites across the county and we serve 1.5 million people throughout all stages of their lives. Our aim is to work alongside the people we support (and our health and care partners) to deliver the best possible care and constantly improve.

Here at SHFT we have so much to be proud of:
  • Working as a team and supporting each other, we put patients and our staff at the heart of everything we do.
  • We have a skilled and diverse workforce and are committed to our staff development, offering bespoke training packages, leadership pathways and career opportunities.
  • We offer a variety of benefits such as an amazing pension scheme, generous annual leave, Childcare Choices scheme, many discounts (Blue Light card, The Company Shop, NHS Staff Discounts, cycle to work scheme) and much more.

Come to work with us, together we will provide outstanding treatment and care to improve lives.

Job description Job responsibilities

Demonstrate an advanced level of ability in evidence based mental health and risk assessments of people with mental health problems and dementia in the general hospital setting, involving assessing, planning and evaluating care in collaboration with others.

To co-ordinate and monitor the delivery of person-centred healthcare to a designated group of service users, using complex clinical decision making where appropriate.

To effectively communicate complex, sensitive and/or contentious information to patients, their family and/or carers.

Operating independently in making complex clinical judgements, evaluating alternative courses of action, and managing and advising on complex clinical issues regarding the treatment and care of patients.

Negotiating the transfer of patients to secondary mental health services.

To act in a manner to respect the customs, individuality, values, sexuality, and spiritual beliefs, actively supporting the individual to fulfil these.

To create, develop and maintain professional supportive relationships with all members of staff with other professionals and agencies to enhance recovery.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • RMN
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Mentorship course
  • Clinical supervision training
  • Ability to travel
  • Speciality specific Level 3 learning
Experience Essential
  • In depth post-qualification experience in Mental Health
  • Experience of working in Older Person's Mental Health
  • Experience with risk assessment and its development
  • IT skills
  • Highly developed communication skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people who have difficulty understanding
  • Good facilitation skills
  • Evidence of effective interpersonal skills (active listening, building empathy)
  • Ability to organise self and others to achieve tasks
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Provision of clinical supervision
  • Experience of mentorship in practice
  • Working knowledge of the application of the NMC Code of Conduct
  • Management of aggression and manual handling training
  • Experience in Adult Mental Health
  • Able to co-facilitate group work
  • Evidence of effective team working and leadership skills
  • Evidence of experience in education of nurses and/or multi-professional groups

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