Senior Psychiatric Liaison Practitioner

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,574 to £49,587 a year Incl 5% Fringe HCAS
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Job Description:

We are looking to recruit a motivated, committed and autonomous practitioner who has experience of working with Older Adults within our Liaison Psychiatry Service at St Peter's Hospital.

Our service is a PLAN (Psychiatric Liaison Accreditation Network) accredited, CORE 24, Psychiatric Liaison Service. We operate 24/7 throughout the year. We work within the general hospital based at St Peter's Hospital, providing mental health assessments for patients who are either in A&E or on the wards. We work alongside a wide range of partners, all of whom are committed to improving the health and well-being of our adults in Surrey.

The Trust is keen to support their staffs personal development, well being and various training is provided to assist their career pathway including undertaking all statutory and mandatory training.

If you have any questions about this role please do not hesitate to contact: Belinda Manyumbu on 07384248021 or via email:

Main duties of the job

Applicants will require a sound knowledge base and experience of managing dementia and other mental health difficulties commonly found in older people.

It is also necessary to have knowledge of older peoples physical health problems.

The role involves autonomously carrying out generic mental health assessments and treatments whilst working closely with our acute colleagues and other team members.

The post involves fostering staff relationships and supporting and working closely with our physical health colleagues and the care of the elderly wards.

The post holder would be expected to work a shift pattern which covers 24/7, working Monday through to Sunday on long days.

You must be comfortable working both autonomously and within a team.

As part of your role you will be expected to provide teaching to hospital staff.

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and regular professional supervision are a priority for the Trust as such you will receive regular supervision working within this role.

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 within 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

Providing expert interventions and oversight to the care of older people within the Acute General hospital pathway.

Ensuring that the care delivered is excellent and in keeping with the most up to date local and national guidelines.

Supporting the growth and development of other members of the Liaison psychiatry team whilst supporting the service manager and wider Trust to achieve an exemplary CORE24 service underpinning our visions and values.

Providing education, challenging stigma and actively supporting service improvement and development.

Being user experience focused, ensuring that the person using services is at the centre of my decision making.

Building and maintaining supportive and responsive relationships with colleagues in the Acute Trust.

Building outstanding relationships with all relevant services,

and leading on formulation of clinically challenging and complex cases.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Clinical Practitioner with current NMC, HCPC, AHP or relevant registration body.
  • Mentorship Training Qualification (Practice Assessor/ ENB 998).
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Educated to degree level of nursing or other courses relevant to Liaison Psychiatry e.g brief focussed therapy, CBT, etc.
  • Dual trained RMN/RGN
Experience Essential
  • Demonstrable experience of working with older people with a variety of mental health issues for at least 5 years.
  • Experience of working in a liaison psychiatry / crisis team / community setting.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of the Mental Health Act (1983), the Mental Capacity Act (2005) & DOLS & how to apply these to clinical cases in non-mental health settings.
  • Demonstrable expertise in complex assessment of older people with both mental and physical health issues and have the ability to make autonomous decisions based on gathered information.
  • Demonstrable ability to develop practical innovations and approaches to issues and complex problems.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of the Mental Health Act (1983), the Mental Capacity Act (2005) & DOLS & how to apply these to clinical cases in non-mental health settings.
  • Sufficient clinical knowledge to be able to make autonomous decisions, based on an analysis of complex presenting problems and judgement about available options.
  • Expertise and experience in supervision and supporting the growth of other staff.
  • Proven ability to provide training and education regarding mental health and complex clinical topics.
  • Proven track record of building positive relationships with partner agencies.
  • In depth awareness of liaison psychiatry and National agendas for the development of liaison psychiatry services.
  • Proven ability to support Change management and Service Redesign.
  • Experience of teaching/training in a formal or informal setting
  • Audit and research experience
  • Other relevant post registration experience

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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