Mental Health Liaison Team Practitioner

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year Based on full time hours
Closing date
6 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. The service operates 24hrs a day, 7 days a week, therefore shift working including nights will be required. We would consider part time applications and fixed working patterns but please phone to discuss prior to application.

As a service we offer extensive supervision and training to develop your skills and there will be 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.

As a registered professional you will automatically become a member of our Academy of Clinical Excellence (ACE) which has a specific focus on the professional development and career progression of our nurses and Allied Health Professionals. As part of ACE's commitment to you, our development pathway for band 6's focuses on enhancing your competence and confidence as a senior clinician and leader.

Main duties of the job

To provide specialist mental health assessments for working age adult patients and older people within Queen Alexandra Hospital.

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

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 of the Specialist Adult Mental Health services, 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 various shift patterns participating in a flexible, 7 days per week rota on a shift rotational basis. The service operates over a 24hr period therefore covering night shifts will be essential.

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 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, Social Worker or Occupational Therapist
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • An appropriate qualification to supervise students from your own profession
  • Formal Mental Health qualifications
Experience Essential
  • In depth post qualification experience in Mental Health
  • Experience with risk assessment and the development of risk management plans
  • Understanding of the Recovery Approach
  • IT skills
  • Highly developed communication skills
  • Good facilitation skills
  • Evidence of effective interpersonal skills
  • Ability to organise self and others to achieve tasks
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Experience of supporting students in practice
  • Working knowledge of your professional Code of Conduct
  • Experience in Adult and Older Peoples Mental Health
  • Evidence of effective team working and leadership skills
  • Evidence of experience in delivering education to nurses and/or multi-professional groups

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