Psychiatric Liaison Nurse

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£49,036 to £55,049 a year per annum inc HCAS
Closing date
30 Mar 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The post holder will work as a member of the K&C Psychiatric Liaison Team at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. They will be accountable to the K&C Psychiatric Liaison Service Manager and will support the K&C Psychiatric Liaison Team Manager in the day to day operational and clinical management of the K&C Psychiatric Liaison service.

Working closely with the Team Manager and the local Consultant Psychiatrists, the post holder will ensure that all team members are performing at their optimum level and that the team is delivering a responsive, high quality and user friendly service for service users and the Acute Trust.

The post-holder will work with the Team Manager to deliver a service which is soundly evidence based, has a reputation for quality and ensures that all available resources are utilised efficiently and within budget. The post-holder will be expected to regularly undertake delegated managerial responsibilities and duties, and to deputise for the Team Manager in his/her absence or as required

The post-holder will be expected to work flexibly in a joint managerial and clinical role.

Main duties of the job

  • To ensure that the K&C Psychiatric Liaison Team at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital delivers a consistent, responsive, high quality and user friendly service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • To provide day-to-day leadership, coordination, management and clinical support to the K&C Psychiatric Liaison Team.
  • To provide a visible, accessible and authoritative presence in all areas of responsibility for staff, service users and carers.
  • To regularly undertake delegated managerial responsibilities and duties, and to deputise for the Team Manager in his/her absence or as required.
  • Enable the provision of evidence based assessment and treatment that incorporates cultural preferences, health beliefs, behaviours and traditional practices as well as respecting differences in relation to gender, sexuality, ethnicity, religion and disability.
  • To enable joint delivery of specialist mental health education to Acute Trust staff to increase awareness, empower and enable, promote the specialist skills of mental health professionals with the ultimate aim of improving the service user experience in an Acute Trust setting.
  • To work closely with all key stakeholders regarding the enhancement of the interfaces between Psychiatric Liaison, other CNWL borough services and the Acute Trusts

About us

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

We're passionate about delivering first-class patient-centred, safe and effective care, whether it is in a hospital setting, in a community clinic or in the patient's own home. Patients are at the heart of everything we do.Providing top quality care depends on our ability to employ the best people.We're always looking to recruit outstanding people who will go the extra mile to support our patients, colleagues, teams and the Trust. With every new employee we're hoping to find our future leaders and we'll support our staff by providing opportunities to develop your career.With a diverse culture and equally diverse range of opportunities across mental health, community services, addictions, eating disorders, learning disabilities and more - whatever stage of your career you're at, there's always a place for you at CNWL.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To ensure that clinical practice is based on clinical guidelines and best evidence
  • To monitor standards of clinical practice within the Team and ensure that the objectives for Clinical Outcomes are met.
  • To ensure high standards of assessment and treatment within the K&C Psychiatric Liaison Team by monitoring and developing standards of service to ensure the consistent delivery of high quality care.
  • To maintain a coherent and robust clinical governance structure within the Team and contribute to the acute sector Clinical Governance frameworks.
  • To provide reliable , relevant accessible and timely information about the care and treatment provided to patients , and the patient experience
  • To support the Team Manager in the identification of innovative approaches to the management of mental health breaches and delayed discharges
  • To ensure the safe and effective delivery of high quality health and social care to patients, utilising the knowledge and skills of the staff whilst recognising and helping to manage their stress in this demanding area of work.
  • To ensure compliant discharge of the legal responsibilities of the Mental Health Act 2003 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005 by the Team and to advise our Acute colleagues where necessary.
  • To recognise and promote the role of advocacy, autonomy and self-empowerment in the care of service users and ensure promotion of the recovery model within the team.
  • After receiving appropriate training, the post-holder will act as the safeguarding Lead for the team and a will be a source of knowledge and advice for team members providing care to vulnerable adults and children.
  • To ensure that the service always involves carers and families in the treatment, management and the formulation of care and treatment plans.

Person Specification EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN) with current registration
  • Mentorship in Practice or equivalent course
  • Educated to Degree level or equivalent experience
  • Evidence of an active interest in further professional development.
  • Other courses relevant to liaison psychiatry.
  • RGN.
  • Educated to Masters level in Health or a Management related subject.
  • Qualifications or equivalent experience in any of the following - counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy, psychosocial interventions or brief solution focused therapy.
  • Other relevant post registration experience.
  • Audit and Research.
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE Paid/unpaid relevant to job Essential
  • Significative experience
  • Experience of leadership or a management role working effectively within a multidisciplinary team.
  • Significant experience in the management of staff to include recruitment, line management, supervision and work planning.
  • Experience of practice development in relation to mental health nursing.
  • Experience of working across team boundaries.
  • mental health nursing management role within mental health services
  • Excellent knowledge and experience of Liaison Psychiatry and Adult Mental Health Services.
  • Highly developed specialist knowledge across the range of work procedures and practices underpinned by theoretical knowledge and relevant practical experience.
  • Highly developed skills in influencing and being able to work skilfully within a staff group.
  • Ability to communicate/influence and be able to work skilfully at a high level with professionals, users and carers of the services as well as external agencies.
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills.
  • Ability to use patient information systems and computer software packages such as MS Word and Excel.
  • Ability to work with confidential information that may impact on service delivery.
  • Knowledge of national and local strategic developments in mental health.
  • Ability to work independently and autonomously
  • Working knowledge of policy review, development and implementation at Trust and local level.
  • Experience in providing supervision, coaching and mentoring.
  • Ability to manage budgets and provide strategies for managing the Team budgets.
  • Experience of carrying out audit and research projects
  • To role model loyalty, honesty, integrity, professional responsibility and accountability to all those who come into contact with the post holder.
  • Ability to work empathically, sensitively and flexibly across professional and service boundaries.
  • Highly skilled in developing links and relationships with other service providers.
  • Strong commitment to working collaboratively with other senior professionals in developing a culture of multidisciplinary working.
  • Commitment to Equal Opportunity Policy
  • Ability to take a flexible approach to work whilst remaining focused on the key tasks.
  • Ability to plan, organise and prioritise a range of work streams
  • The ability to work to and meet deadlines and service priorities.
  • Ability to remain constant and focused in a dynamic and developing organisation.

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