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Mental Health Liaison Nurse

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum (pro rata if part time)
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a qualified mental health nurse or occupational therapist with a keen interest in working with older people to improve their mental health within a general hospital setting? If so, this is a great time to join the Mental Health Liaison team and to be part of building a creative and innovative service for people experiencing mental health problems whilst in a hospital setting. The team is focussed on providing outstanding care in which patients, families, and carers can have confidence. We are a friendly and well-motivated team, with good moral and supportive management. There are opportunities for progression and for further training.

This role will have a particular focus on working with older adults so experience of working in this field of nursing would be beneficial, however training and support will be provided. We work closely with our adult liaison nurse colleagues, supporting each other to provide care to patients of all ages experiencing mental health conditions within Emergency Departments, District General Hospitals and Community Hospitals. This role will offer you the opportunity to develop and utilise existing skills.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be involved with early detection and identification of mental health issues, comprehensive assessments, risk assessment and management of patients on our caseload. Working with us will be an excellent opportunity to be part of a supportive and developing Mental Health Liaison Service for adults of all ages.

This is a full time post, but part-time / flexible working could be considered.

If you are interested in this post, we welcome your application and if you have any questions regarding the role or your application, please do not hesitate to contact:

Karen James, Team Leader, 01554 781142

Becky Hicks, Clinical Lead, 07811 711742

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:
  • Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest;
  • Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire; Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion; and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire;
  • 48 general practices (four of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres;
  • Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services;

Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales.

Job description Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

The ability to communicate in Welsh isdesirablefor this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.

Person Specification Qualifications and Knowledge Essential
  • First level professional qualification in Mental Health /Learning Disability Nursing
  • Excellent clinical knowledge of specialist area in particular co-morbid mental and physical health presentations
  • Evidence of post registration continuing professional development activity to post graduate diploma level
  • Interest in delirium
  • Training in Brief Psychological Interventions
  • Interest or experience in treating drug and alcohol misuse
Experience Essential
  • Evidence of achievement in clinical practice within an area of speciality, for instance inpatient, community, crisis team, drug and alcohol
  • Experience of Liaison work
  • Experience of working within a multi-agency community mental health setting
Language Skills Desirable
  • Welsh Speaker (Level 1)

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