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Psychiatric Liaison Practitioner

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum / pro-rata
Closing date
27 Jan 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you an experienced Mental Health Practitioner (RMN, Mental Health Social Worker or Mental Health Occupational Therapist), looking for a new challenge?

The Emergency Department Psychiatric Service (EDPS) is recruiting for a Band 7 Mental Health Practitioners (Social Work, RMN, Occupational Therapist).

We are looking for someone who is wants an opportunity to use and develop their skills and knowledge by working in the Emergency Departments of the Oxford University Hospital Trust (OUH) , for the Emergency Department Psychiatric Service (EDPS).

If you would like the opportunity to join our dynamic service, which will give you an opportunity to work with Children and Adolescents, Adults and Older Adults who present to ED with a variety of mental health presentations, this job may interest you.

Main duties of the job

You will work closely with colleagues in OUH to support and manage the acutely unwell patient with mental health needs attending the Emergency Depts of the John Radcliffe and Horton hospitals.

You will carry out comprehensive psychosocial assessments, risk assessments and agree discharge safety plans to achieve a timely discharge from ED.

Part of your role will also be to deliver a brief follow up to service users who present with needs that may not be eligible for secondary Mental health services, which we call BIRSH (Brief Intervention Repeat Self Harm) ; you will be supported to gain training, if required, in DBT and CBT informed interventions .

About us

EDPS sits within the Mental Health Urgent Care Pathway, which includes the Police and Ambulance Triage and the Oxon Night team, in line with NHS strategy we anticipate that there will be further developments within these services and there may be opportunity for you to contribute and be part of this.

The service has close links with Oxford University Center for Suicide Research, contributing to the Oxford Monitoring System for self-harm and other research initiatives.

The team won awards for Innovation and Improvement a few years ago, for delivering Technology Assisted Psychiatry (TAP), which are remote psycho social assessments via face time or Microsoft Teams; something we are all very familiar with now.

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust include:
  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
  • Staff accommodation
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme

Job description Job responsibilities

In the New Year we will be participating in a randomised controlled trial of Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy (SAFE-PIT).

If you are someone who thrives on working within a busy and often challenging but stimulating environment, with excellent clinical and interpersonal skills who is enthusiastic and motivated to implement change and develop the service you work in, thismay be the job for you!

The posts are based at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. Occasional travel to the Horton Hospital in Banbury is required and therefore access to a vehicle for work purposes is necessary.

Therole requires shift working which is presently a pattern of long days and nights; further information regarding this can be obtained upon request and will be discussed at interview.

Please note:
  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.
  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.
  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.
  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.
  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.
  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Person Specification Qualification Essential
  • Professional Qualification in mental health (Degree or equivalent in Mental Health Nursing/Social Work/Occupational therapy)
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Post-qualification in certificates in teaching/ research/audit/ leadership
  • Post qualification education & training in CBT / DBT / CAT
Skills Essential
  • A specialist knowledge and clinical expertise in assessing people who have acute mental health problems.
  • Awareness of a range of interventions that can be used with the client group
  • To have excellent English verbal and written communication skills
  • To be able to prioritise effectively
  • To have awareness of National and local issues concerning this client group including nice guideline.
  • To have experience in producing reports and presenting data.
  • To have experience in user and carers involvement/consultation
Personal Essential
  • To be able to work collaboratively as part of a team
  • Able to use own initiative.
  • Adaptable, flexible and keen to learn
  • Able to manage in a stressful and at times pressured working environment

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