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Psychiatric Liaison Nurse

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year Based on full time hours
Closing date
30 Mar 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Due to ongoing expansion of the service a very exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Liaison Psychiatry Team in Southampton.

The Southampton Liaison Psychiatry Team has recently aligned to the national Core 24 model, the service is now developing to meet the Hampshire and IOW mental health transformation priorities. Liaison psychiatry is an integral part of the 24/7 Urgent Care Model and this is a great opportunity for a motivated individual with an interest working in an acute hospital environment to expand their knowledge in both physical health care and crisis intervention, within the urgent care model.

We are looking for applications from highly motivated, enthusiastic, and mental health professionals (nurse/social worker/AHPs) who are committed in promoting patient focused care and treatment for adults within the acute hospital. The successful candidates will work across the acute general hospital to provide mental health assessments and brief interventions to patients in the Emergency Departments and in-patient wards, as well as support, advice, and training to acute hospital colleagues.

The successful candidate will a receive a robust induction and regular supervision and reflective practice. The post holder will be required to work a flexible shift pattern over 24/7.

We are happy to consider part time and flexible working options. Please call either Alexa Redman or Annie Constantine 02381204529 for an informal discussion or to arrange a visit if you would like more information.

Main duties of the job

To provide specialist mental health care assessments for Working age Adult patients and Older Peoples when required within University Hospital Southampton such as, Self Harm assessment, Mental health emergencies, Complex psychosocial and behavioural assessments, Capacity assessment and Risk assessment.

To provide psychological support effectively and efficiently to patients with mental health needs who are temporarily in crisis, or who have mental health needs as a result of their physical illness or as a result of being hospitalised.

To advise non-psychiatry staff on outcome of assessment and formulate a medical care plan based on clinical intervention and risk management.

To provide time limited liaison follow up appointments when needed for those patients with more complex and enduring mental health needs.

Work positively and collaboratively as an integral part of the Specialist Adult Mental health services, Older Peoples Mental health services and effectively liaise with multi-agency colleagues, patients and their supporters.

Contribute to the development and quality of clinical practice of liaison work with this client group at local and national levels.

To maintain active role in service development, evaluation and integration with OPMH services which includes working with Older Peoples Mental Health.

To work various shift patterns participating in a flexible, 24 hour, 7 days per week rota on a shift rotational basis.

About us

Are you committed to providing remarkable care and service?

Are you passionate about helping people and want to make a difference every day?

We want to meet you!

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities. We are committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect through our 6,500 strong workforce.

Southern Health has over 300 sites across the county and we serve 1.5 million people throughout all stages of their lives. Our aim is to work alongside the people we support (and our health and care partners) to deliver the best possible care and constantly improve.

Here at SHFT we have so much to be proud of:
  • Working as a team and supporting each other, we put patients and our staff at the heart of everything we do.
  • We have a skilled and diverse workforce and are committed to our staff development, offering bespoke training packages, leadership pathways and career opportunities.
  • We offer a variety of benefits such as an amazing pension scheme, generous annual leave, Childcare Choices scheme, many discounts (Blue Light card, The Company Shop, NHS Staff Discounts, cycle to work scheme) and much more.

Come to work with us, together we will provide outstanding treatment and care to improve lives.

Job description Job responsibilities

To lead the clinical management of a designated group of service users.

To allocate and support individuals with work and review progress as agreed outcomes.

To co-ordinate and monitor the delivery of person-centred healthcare to a designated group of service users, using complex clinical decision making where appropriate.

To effectively communicate complex, sensitive and/or contentious information to patients, their family and/or carers.

Demonstrates advanced level of ability in evidence based mental health and risk assessments of older people with mental health problems in the General Hospital setting, involving assessing, planning, and evaluating care in collaboration with others.

Operating independently in making complex clinical judgements, evaluating alternative courses of action and managing and advising on complex clinical issues regarding the treatment and care of patients.

Negotiating the transfer of patients to Older Peoples Mental Health Services or other services within the Southampton City Primary Care Trust or Hampshire Primary Care Trust when necessary.

To work as a member of the MDT in assessing and planning care and responding to changes in service user's health.

To act in a manner to respect the customs, individuality, values, sexuality and spiritual beliefs, actively supporting the individual to fulfil these.

To create, develop and maintain professional supportive relationships with all members of staff with other professionals and agencies to enhance recovery.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • RMN, Social Worker or AHP.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Practice assessor/supervisor training
  • Ability to travel
  • Speciality specific Level 3 learning
  • Knowledge of another language
  • Clinical supervision training
Experience Essential
  • In depth post qualification experience in Mental Health
  • Experience with risk assessment and its development
  • IT skills
  • Highly developed communication skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people who have difficulty understanding
  • Good facilitation skills
  • Evidence of effective interpersonal skills (active listening, building empathy)
  • Ability to organise self and others to achieve tasks
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Provide clinical supervision
  • Experience of mentorship in practice
  • Working knowledge of the application of the NMC Code of Conduct
  • Management of aggression and manual handling training
  • Experience in Adult and Older Peoples Mental Health
  • Able to co-facilitate group work
  • Evidence of effective team working and leadership skills
  • Evidence of experience in education of nurses and/or multi-professional groups

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