Older Peoples Mental Health Liaison Nurse

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£38,762 to £45,765 a year per annum
Closing date
7 May 2023

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Old Age
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Older Peoples Mental Health Liaison Nurse, Band 6

We have a vacancy for a band 6 Mental Health Liaison Nurse in the older adult's mental health liaison team. We are based in the Queen Elizabeth hospital and provide support for patients in the emergency department and on the inpatient wards.

This is an excellent opportunity to be part of a dynamic, proactive and caring team. The post is for a full time post working five days a week and entails working shifts on a rota basis, Monday to Friday 8am-4pm. 9-5 or 12 - 8 pm and 9-5 on weekends.

The successful applicant will have an understanding of the nature and impact of mental health issues particular in relation to older people. You will need to have excellent communication skills and the ability to lead and work proactively and flexibly within the team. You will need to be skilled in mental health assessments and have a clear understanding of assessing and managing risk.

You will need to have experience as a qualified mental health nurse and experience of working with older adults would be an advantage but not essential.

We offer a comprehensive induction programme and continuing support and professional development. You will benefit from working within a creative supportive team and will be encouraged to develop interventions suitable for our client group. Please note that Oxleas operates a probationary period, further information is available on request.

Main duties of the job

Mental Health Assessment and reviews ofolder people who are inpatients in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital or who attend the Emergency Department

The team comprises of 4.5 band 6 RMNs and a band 6 OT. We have a Consultant Psychiatrist for two days a week and a Specialist registrar for 5 days a week. Although we are an Oxleas team we work hand in hand with Lewisham and Greenwich NHS to provide an excellent service for older adults in their care.

About us
Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes. We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people. Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description Job responsibilities

To carry out timely and effective biopsychosocial assessments of individuals referred to the team from the Emergency Department, and other wards within the acute trust.

To take into account all necessary sources of information in formulating the assessment and care plan.

To work as part of a multi-disciplinary team in carrying out effective risk assessment and management, formulating appropriate and safe care plans.

To carry out assessments of mental capacity and use this to inform appropriate treatment decisions.

To liaise and consult effectively with all necessary personnel from the acute trust, Oxleas mental health teams, other mental health providers, community health services and the emergency services.

To communicate effectively and in a respectful manner with service users and carers.

To arrange the safe and timely transfer of clients to Oxleas in-patient wards and other hospitals and units as required.

Person Specification essential Essential
  • 2 years post registration
  • Older peoples experience

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