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Senior Mental Health Liaison Practitioner (Older Age Adult) - Band 6

Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
30 Mar 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
NB This service will be delivered over 7 days a week, between the hours of 0800am - 1600pm.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a suitably qualified mental health professional to join our well-respected mental health liaison teams. If you believe that patients deserve the highest quality of care and you are interested in furthering your career in a supportive, proactive and committed team then we look forward to hearing from you.

You will become part of an established service, providing mental health assessment and care within both Gloucester Royal (GRH) and Cheltenham General Hospitals (CGH), working alongside other specialist practitioners and supported by the Consultants for Liaison Psychiatry

You will hold a registered mental health qualification and be able to demonstrate post registration experience at Band 5 or above.

This is a challenging role, but if you would like to be part of an exciting liaison service and have a track record of enthusiasm and a commitment to the development of nursing practice, then we would like to hear from you.

If you would like to discuss the post, obtain further information or to arrange an informal visit, please contact one of the following: Jim Welch (Team Manager) or Sandra Bowen (Team Secretary) on 0300 422 5490

Flexible working arrangements will be considered. Any request will be set against genuine operational requirements and limitations and it is not obligatory for a manager to accede to the request.

Main duties of the job

You will participate in the provision of a responsive, needs-led mental health assessment and short term intervention service to individuals presenting to GRH/CGH with a range of mental health problems. A significant part of the role will be the assessment of individuals with mental health problems associated with older age. There will also be a teaching, education and support role, assisting non mental health staff to respond to mental health needs more effectively.

Liaison psychiatry is the medical specialty concerned with the care of people presenting with both mental and physical health symptoms regardless of presumed cause. The specialty employs the bio-psychosocial model being concerned with the inter-relationship between the physiology, psychology and sociology of human ill health.

Liaison psychiatry services are designed to operate away from traditional mental health settings, in the main in acute care hospital emergency departments and wards, and medical and surgical outpatients.

Liaison psychiatry teams are multidisciplinary, clinically led by a Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist who will have higher speciality training in general adult psychiatry with sub speciality endorsement in liaison psychiatry.

About us

At Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, we are supportive of the people we care for in the community and aim to provide a fully responsive service to everyone who needs it. This is the same approach we take for our employees. We look to value the skills and experiences of those we work with, whether they are service users, carers, families or those looking to work with us.

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust is part of the NHS. We treat NHS patients according to NHS principles and standards. The difference is the Trust is accountable to local people, rather than to Government, and so we are able to work closely with our community to develop services in the way that best suits the needs of local people.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the Additional Information attachment before submitting your application.

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.

Person Specification QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • Professional Mental Health or Social Care Qualification (e.g. RMN, Dip SW, CQSW)
  • Further education at degree level or equivalent
  • Basic IT skills
  • Significant proven post qualifying experience of working with older adults who may present with both physical and mental health needs.
  • Past experience of carrying out audit or research projects and completing projects on own initiative
  • Experience of teaching, assessing and development of informal and formal training programmes
  • Proven knowledge and experience of providing effective therapeutic evidence based interventions for individuals following episodes of self -harm
  • A conceptual understanding of the principles of recovery and social inclusion with the ability to apply to Clinical practice
  • Excellent skills in relation to assessment and treatment and clinical management
  • Proven experience in support and supervision of clinicians utilizing formal and informal processes
  • Experience in service development
  • Experience of working in a general hospital setting

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