Mental Health Liaison Practitioner
Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
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We are looking for innovative, motivated and compassionate mental health professionals to join the Mental Health Liaison Team within Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth. This part of our service operates between 9am-5pm 7 days a week, therefore regular weekend working will be required. We would consider part time applications and fixed working patterns but please phone to discuss prior to application.
We offer a dynamic role to work with patients over the age of 18 with either an acute mental health concern or worsening of a pre-existing condition.
As a service, we offer extensive supervision and training to develop your skills, and there are continuous opportunities to work throughout different areas of the hospital. We have weekly complex case discussions to give staff the opportunity to explore specific cases from the previous week. Furthermore, we have daily MDTs to discuss assessments and treatment plans. Our MDTs welcome a variety of different disciplines, including psychologists, social workers, mental health nurses, physical health nurses, psychiatrists, and occupational therapists, all with the aim of improving patient outcomes.
Main duties of the job
To provide specialist mental health assessments for older people within Queen Alexandra Hospital.
To provide complete and thorough assessments working alongside the Older Persons Mental Health Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist to support in the new diagnosis of dementia and other psychiatric conditions
To provide support effectively and efficiently to patients who are presenting with a mental health crisis, or who have mental health needs as a result of their physical illness or as a result of being hospitalised
To support staff on wards in the management of patient presenting with a delirium or BPSD.
To advise non-psychiatry staff on outcome of assessment and formulate a care plan based on clinical intervention and risk management.
To provide time limited liaison reviews when needed for those patients with more complex and enduring mental health needs whilst inpatient in Queen Alexandra hospital.
Work positively and collaboratively as an integral part 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 provide mental health education, advice and training to clinical staff and students at Queen Alexandra Hospital.
To work 5 days per week on a shift rotational basis. At present OPMH service runs from 9am to 5pm including rotational weekend.
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.
Further information about the Trust and this role can be found on the Job Description and Person Specification document attached.
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).