Psychiatric Liaison Nurse

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,391 to £42,503 a year Incl 5% Fringe HCAS
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for a highly dedicated nurse, occupational therapist or social worker to join our Liaison Psychiatry Service at the St Peter's Hospital in Chertsey, Surrey. Our team provides a comprehensive specialist service to patients, clinicians and carers in the general hospital setting. The team has PLAN accreditation as such you will be joining an already established and cohesive team.

This is a challenging but rewarding role, offering an exciting opportunity to nurses who have a strong assessment and therapeutic skills. You will need the ability to work autonomously whilst still contributing to the team as a whole. Previous experience of working in Liaison Psychiatry and across ages is desirable, although not essential. We offer excellent staff support through clinical supervision and teamwork.

You will have an excellent and positive approach to work, with an outstanding, demonstrable background of providing high quality care. You will have an insight into liaison psychiatry and the national guidelines impacting these services. You will have experience and willingness to teach and educate others within the team and the wider network as well as a commitment to service development and the best possible outcomes for people in the acute hospital setting.

Main duties of the job

The team is CORE 24, as such you will be expected to work a shift system across a 24 hour period seven days a week, 365 days a year, primarily assessing patients who are referred from St Peters Hospital Inpatient wards or those who present to the Emergency Department.

An understanding and positive regard for the needs and rights of people with mental health problems and their carers. Daily provision of a comprehensive mental health consultation-liaison service to clinical teams providing clear and concise advice regarding the appropriate management of individuals referred. You will need a sound knowledge base of working with serious ongoing mental health problems. Sufficient clinical knowledge will enable you to make decisions, based on an analysis of complex presenting problems and judgement about available options.

This role attracts a local Retention Premium of £500 payable annually after 3 years of Service in the Team and each year thereafter as well as the Recruitment Premium of £3,000 payable on appointment - please refer to the attached protocol.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country withing easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Please note that we reserve the right to close posts as soon as sufficient applications are received.

Working from home contracts do not attract high cost area payments.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Job description Job responsibilities

My job makes better lives by ensuring an accessible, non-stigmatising and localised service that responds to and meets the needs of people who may have mental health problems in the district general hospital

Job Overview

· To carry out psychosocial assessments of people referred to the Liaison service from a variety of sources within the General Hospital, including A&E and Medical Wards.

· To work with people presenting with a range of psychosocial needs arising in the context of physical illness, as well as people presenting to the hospital following self-harm or in a mental health crisis

· To provide rapid psychiatric assessment and safe discharge planning in Emergency Department.

· To agree on a collaborative plan of care with people who use our services and their carers where appropriate and arrange appropriate after-care

· To ensure that the relatives, carers and friends are actively encouraged to participate in care, provided with information, help and support where necessary

· To mentor, supervise and teach qualified and unqualified staff including students

· To lead the care for a specified group of service users such as frequent AE attendees

· To assist in the development and maintenance of good working relationships with general hospital staff, local mental health services, primary care and non - statutory organisations

· To facilitate the teaching and training of mental health topics in the general hospital

· To work flexibly across 24 hours, 7 days a week as the liaison service develops to ensure the service level agreement is met and the changing needs of people who use the service in the hospital are met

Suitable for someone who is passionate about ensuring a high quality holistic approach to the care and support provided to people with mental health difficulties in the general hospital

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • RMN/RN (Mental Health)
  • Willingness to complete Mentorship course
Experience Essential
  • Evidence of post qualification study
  • 2 years experience as a Band 6; 2 years experience post qualification which should include independent assessment skills i.e. CMHRS duty, HTT assessment, liaison assessment or similar, aware of personal and professional boundaries.

UK Registration
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details Employer name
Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
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St Peter's Hospital



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