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Mental Health Liaison Practitioner

Job Type

Secondment: 12 months


East Midlands



£35,392 - £42,618 per annum

Posted Date

12 December 2023

Pilgrim Hospital, Boston

Closing Date

2 January 2024

You will need to demonstrate high functioning in risk management, communication skills, and exceptional personal qualities to deliver high-quality care and assessment to patients.

This post will provide operational support as part of our Mental Health Liaison Service (MHLS) working in partnership with United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, and aims to provide emergency and urgent mental health support to people in A&E and General Wards. It will also review and signpost those who have been admitted with regards to CAMHS and drug & alcohol related mental health needs.

Furthermore, we require those who can demonstrate strong values to create and foster a culture that supports and enables the development of the Liaison Service. We need individuals who are dynamic, passionate, and committed to achieving quality outcomes that will ensure, above all else, that the needs of the patient are paramount in everything we do.

Main duties of the job
The post holder will be responsible for the assessment of and appropriate liaison for a defined group of service users (16 +) admitted to Hospital. The post holder will provide assessment and professional advice as well as support to the Emergency Department and Wards, staff/teams and all other relevant agencies to ensure that any patients with mental health needs have a timely admission and are linked into appropriate LPFT teams/services upon their discharge if appropriate.

Working for our organisation
Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health services and a number of learning disability, autism and social care services in the county of Lincolnshire. Employing around 2,800 staff, and serving a population of over 766,000, our people lie at the heart of everything we do.

You could be part of a Trust rated by staff as one of the best mental health and learning disability trusts in England, in an area heralded as a fantastic place to live and work. We firmly believe the key to high quality care is a contented workforce. This is reflected in our Care Quality Commission rating of ‘outstanding’ for well-led and ‘good’ overall. In the most recent National NHS Staff Survey, our staff rated us as the number one trust nationally for staff morale and one of the top scoring NHS Trusts in the Midlands for being compassionate and inclusive. We’re really proud of this!

We are also leading the way in transforming care, with multi-million-pound transformation of patient environments and radical redesign of community services.

This is the time to join and help redesign our services of the future. We offer options for flexible working and provide a wide range of training and promotion opportunities in all professions. We support and celebrate diversity, have active staff networks groups and are always looking at what more we can do to support our staff.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities
To provide a high standard of clinical care ensuring safe and effective assessment, treatment and comprehensive discharge planning using highly developed clinical reasoning skills and appropriate assessment tools.
Operational hours are over 24 hours, 7 days a week.
To delegate aspects of the patient treatment plan to other members of the team, whilst maintaining overall responsibility for patients care, where appropriate.
To manage case-load and service delivery in accordance with and in order to contribute towards the attainment of Service/Trust productivity requirements. (Key Performance Indicators)
Work with individuals to assess their mental health, recognise mental illness and identify their related needs and circumstances; and enable them to understand, manage and where appropriate change their behaviour.
Plan, implement, review and improve interventions to meet people’s identified needs and manage their inherent risk with comprehensive Clinical Risk Formulation
To assess carers’ and families needs and develop, implement and review programs of support for carers and families.
Protect people from abuse, neglect and harm.
To work collaboratively and promote effective working relationships with members of the multi-disciplinary team, ensuring effective and appropriate clinical decision-making, with other professionals and agencies.
To maintain accurate and timely clinical records and to co-ordinate and monitor those of the team.
To adhere to N.M.C. or other professional codes of conduct and ethics, plus associated legislation.
To develop clinical practice having due regard for the NICE Guidelines for Liaison Psychiatry 2016
To demonstrate empowering leadership skills within the Mental Health Liaison Team and seek opportunities in local and national area as to promote and develop the profession.
To participate in Clinical Governance activities, including induction, supervision, personal development review, health and safety, risk management and audit.
Person specification
Essential criteria

RMN, Social Work or Occupational Therapist. Professional Registration (NMC) or degree or equivalent to profession
Desirable criteria

Evidence of specialised continued professional training in clinical practice
Educated to degree or diploma level
Essential criteria

• Relevant experience of working with people with mental health needs, especially dementia and older adults.
• Or substantial experience of working with individuals in crisis
• Sufficient clinical knowledge to be able to make autonomous decisions based upon an analysis of complex presenting problems and judgement about available options
• Sound knowledge of clinical/risk assessment and understanding of Information Governance principles
• An understanding of the impact physical ill health can have upon mental health
• Ability to work independently and collectively
Desirable criteria

• Mentorship qualification or training
• ENB998 / FliPS or equivalent
• Experience of working within a Hospital Liaison environment
• Working knowledge of Assessment tools
• Working with people who have suicidal ideation
• Working within a multi-disciplinary approach to healthcare
• Experience of teaching in a formal or informal setting
Skills & Competences
Essential criteria

• Excellent assessment and risk management skills
• Demonstrating supportive and sensitive communication to patients, carers and staff, whilst demonstrating an understanding of the nature and effects of some information Highly motivated & able to engage with service users & carers to improve outcomes.
• Highly developed clinical reasoning skills
• Ability to engage with patients experiencing High Expressed Emotion
• Experience of working with patients who have self harming behaviours
• Knowledge of the Mental Health Act and MCA (2005)
• Evidence of continued professional development
• Moderate IT skills including use of multiple clinical systems
Desirable criteria

• Knowledge of current agenda and guidance towards Mental Health Liaison
We are leading the way with mental health transformation projects. Multi-million-pound schemes to transform patient environments and radically redesign community services are currently underway, as part of our commitment to reshaping the future of mental healthcare.

We believe the key to high quality patient care is a contented workforce. This is reflected in the Care Quality Commission rating us as ‘outstanding’ for well led and ‘good’ overall, and 75% of our staff recommending us as a place to work.

We offer options for flexible working and provide development pathways and opportunities. We have a proud partnership with the University of Lincoln and the Lincoln Medical School, which has expanded our academic offerings to nurture talent across the Trust.

We are committed to ensuring our workforce is diverse at all levels. We are currently under-represented particularly at senior leadership level, so we welcome applications from women, people with disabilities, people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, and those from the LGBT communities.

We support and celebrate diversity. We have active staff network groups for Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff, Lesbian Gay Bi Trans (LGBT+) staff, staff with Mental and Physical Lived Experience (MAPLE) and our dedicated staff groups for men and women. We are a Silver Standard Employer with ENEI, were in the top 100 organisations in the country within the Stonewall Index (in 2019), and have been a finalist for the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Mental Health Trust of the Year Award two years in a row.

We offer 24-hour services within our Inpatient, Crisis and SPA teams, if you are successfully appointed to posts in these areas or others that might have specified, you will be required to work unsociable hours and shift patterns.

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