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Liaison Psychiatry Practitioner

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year p.a., pro rata for part-time
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The Dorchester Psychiatric Liaison services are looking for dynamic and enthusiastic Liaison Psychiatry Practitioners to join their teams.

The role of the psychiatric liaison team is to provide assessments and support to service users referred to our services by the general hospital wards.

You will need excellent communicate and interpersonal skills as you will be required to work affectively with both the multidisciplinary team, our acute colleagues based in the general hospital, other mental health services and external supporting agencies.

The Liaison Psychiatry Practitioner role within the team is varied, therefore we are looking for someone who is adaptable and able to manage the fast paced unpredictable nature of this role. You will need to be confident in your risk assessment skills and be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the legislation, polices and guidance which underpin our clinical practice. You will be required to work autonomously, therefore clinical skills and experience relating to crisis management and assessment are essential.

The service a 24/7 service, therefore you will need to be flexible and be able to work with shift patterns which include weekends, nights and public holidays.

Flexible working requests will be considered in line with trust policy.

Main duties of the job

This is a full time role, 37.5 hours per week but part time will be considered.

To also work with patients presenting with psychosomatic disordersas well as a variety of psychological issues relating to physicaldisorder.

Make recommendations relating to the admission and discharge ofpatients based on analysis of presenting problems undersupervision.

To work as part of an all age Liaison Psychiatry Service, offering training and flexibility across the service.

In return you will be part of a continued developing service which is currently accredited by PLAN. You will be involved in team meetings, case presentations, reflective practice and receive regular group and individual supervision. You will have the opportunity to attend courses which support your individual development and growth as a practitioner in line with the appraisal process.

If this new challenge sounds appealing and you wish to ask further questions before applying, please contact Golda Devadason to arrange a conversation.

The successful applicant will be offered a comprehensive induction period before starting out in the role.

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which the Trust will cover the cost of. Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service are able to present a valid DBS certificate instead of requiring a new check.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

Person Specification Knowledge, skills and training Essential
  • ENB 998 or equivalent teaching and accessing qualification. Ability to act as practice supervisor / assessor or equivalent
  • RMN with current NMC registration or Occupational Therapist with HCPC registration or Social Worker with HCPC registration.
  • Clinical Supervision training
  • Qualification in Psychosocial Interventions/CBT
Job specific experience Essential
  • Significant post registration experience working with clients with severe and enduring mental illness
  • Experience of assessing, planning and implementing programmes of care, particularly in an acute or community setting
  • Community Mental Health Team experience or equivalent
Information Technology Desirable
  • Basic skills and knowledge of information technology, e.g. familiar with use of Patient Administration Systems, Email and Word Documents
Personal qualities/attributes Essential
  • The ability to work under pressure in acute situations without supervision
  • Demonstrate an ability to negotiate and problem solve in contentious and/or antagonistic situations where agreement is required, or communicate clear decisions and rationale where agreement cannot be reached, e.g. in situations where the Mental Health Act may be required

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