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Liaison Psychiatry Practitioner

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Apr 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a full time band 6 registered practitioner within our liaison psychiatry team based in Chester. The successful applicant will be expected to work across Urgent Care Mental Health First Response Services, which will include Crisis Resolution Home Treatment teams, Liaison Services, Street Triage Services, Liaison and Diversion Services and the Crisis Triage and Response Service.

Main duties of the job

The Liaison Psychiatry practitioner will work as part of a multidisciplinary liaison team to provide comprehensive biopsychosocial assessments and interventions for people presenting to the acute hospital with a wide range of co-morbid psychiatric illnesses. This can be within the AED setting or medical wards across the whole hospital site. The Service runs for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, this will involve some unsocial hours, nights and weekends.

Also to provide comprehensive assessment for people experiencing mental health crisis in a community setting whilst working in partnership with police colleagues, NWAS and Local Authorities.

Assessments will be offered to patients aged 16+ (with no upper age limit) to provide mental health consultation, liaison and advice throughout departments delivering a range of evidenced based psychosocial interventions to individual patients as required.

The post holder will be expected to work as part of the Urgent Care Mental Health First Response Service which includes Crisis Triage & Response Services (Crisis Line/First Response), Liaison Psychiatry, Crisis Resolution & Home Treatment Teams, Street Triage and Liaison & Diversion services (Criminal Justice).

About us

CWP provides health and care services for local people, including mental health, learning disability, community physical health and all-age disability care - including the provision of three GP surgeries.

Our aim is to help people to be the best they can be, adopting a compassionate, person-centred approach to everything we do. We were recently rated as Outstanding for Caring by the Care Quality Commission with a Good rating overall.

We offer a variety of roles at all levels, so whether you are just starting out in your career or looking to use your skills and experience in a new role, CWP is the right employer for you.

CWP are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences.

CWP is proud to be an accredited Veteran Aware organisation helping to provide and share best practice in NHS care for our armed forces community. As a veteran aware organisation, CWP is committed to delivering on the principles of the Armed Force Covenant and has a 'Bronze' award with the MOD Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (DERS).

The trust offers a Guaranteed Interview Scheme to any armed forces community applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post and encourages applications from armed forces reservists or cadet force adult volunteers.

We welcome applications from people who have direct experience of accessing our services.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please download a copy of the job description for full details.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

CWP recruits people that can demonstrate the Trusts Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking aValues Based Interview/Assessment,which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trusts Values and Behaviours which are the 6 Cs Communication, Competence, Courage, Care, Compassion and Commitment. A Guide to completing your application form can be accessed on the right side of this page under the job description.

The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trusts Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

If your disability meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the essential criteria described in the person specification for an available position, please answer YES to the question: Do you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme? Please also inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for our Armed Forces community. Please answer YES to the question in the application form.

All new clinical support staff will be required to have completed or working towards the Care Certificate (CWP In-house 2 day training to be completed within 6 months of start date).

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment.You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of £13 per year applies.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

CWP encourages and supports all staff to become vaccinated against COVID-19.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

If you experience any technical difficulties or need help when making an application please contact our Recruitment Team on 01244 393100.

Good luck with your application. We hope to welcome you to Team CWP very soon.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • A registered professional qualification in Mental Health Nursing, Learning Disabilities, Social Work or Occupational Therapy including registration with the relevant regulatory body
  • Evidence of further professional development
  • Recognised qualification in psychotherapeutic interventions i.e. post graduate certificate in CBT
Knowledge & Expertise Essential
  • Up to date knowledge of national and local guidance relevant to Liaison Psychiatry Services i.e., PLAN, Crisis Care Concordat, National Suicide prevention Strategy, Parity of Esteem agenda, relevant NICE guidelines
  • A working knowledge of the Mental health Act, mental Capacity Act and Duty of Candour
  • Knowledge of sensitivity to equal opportunities
  • Sound knowledge of current professional staff development needs
  • Knowledge of the relationship between physical and mental health and of physical pathology
  • Information technology skills
  • An understanding of Liaison Psychiatry KPIs
  • Sound knowledge of other agencies, Trust, PCT's within the community and outside the boundaries of our own Trust
  • Best Interest Assessor or an understanding of best interest
Expertise Essential
  • Post qualification practice experience in mental health
  • Extensive experience working in a variety of mental health settings and crisis/liaison work
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary working

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