Psychiatric Liaison Nurse

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,391 to £42,503 a year incl. Fringe HCAS
Closing date
8 Feb 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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If you are looking for an exciting opportunity, our service has expanded and there are vacancies for band 6 psychiatric liaison practitioners. We are based in the acute hospital and is an assessment and signposting service. Our service is core 24 and is accredited by the RCPsych.

Our team is dynamic, culturally diverse, inclusive, very supportive and creative. We work collaborative with our colleagues in the acute hospital. We value feedback from our service users and family/carers. We would welcome applications from anyone who is interested and who has the relevant Qualifications and experience and who are have a ready to do attitude.

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 Recruitment Premium of £3,000 payable on appointment. Please see the protocol in the attached document.

Main duties of the job

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

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

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

Key Responsibilities

  • To utilise a range of specialist skills appropriate to the needs of individual patients and the clinical setting in which they are required to be seen
  • To co-ordinate and monitor the delivery of person centered healthcare to a designated group of people who use our services, using complex clinical decision making where appropriate.
  • To be responsible for the full assessment of the psychiatric/psychosocial needs of those patients who have been referred to the service; including the comprehensive assessment of risks to self and others
  • To be responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of robust discharge plans based on a clear assessment and formulation of the persons needs; which may include urgent referral to secondary mental health services, social and voluntary services
  • To work as a member of the MDT in assessing and planning care and responding to changes in people who use our services
  • To act in a manner to respect the customs, individuality, values, sexuality and spiritual beliefs, actively supporting the individual to fulfil these.
  • To ensure provision of therapeutic activities, emotional support and stability to clients to ensure effective engagement whilst maintaining professional boundaries.
  • To create, develop and maintain professional supportive relationships with all members of staff, with other professionals and agencies to enhance recovery.
  • To act as role model in providing a service for people with mental health problems within the general hospital setting.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • NMC registration as RMN or RN or HCPC or SWE
  • Registration as OT or SW
  • 1 years experience post qualification working with people with mental health problems
  • Independent assessment skills CMHRS, HTT assessment skills or liaison assessment would be desirable
  • Awareness or personal and professional boundaries
  • Evidence of CPD
  • willingness to complete a mentoring course

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
Epsom General Hospital

Dorking Road



KT18 7EG

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