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Mental Health Liaison Practitioner - Incentives Apply

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Crawley, England
£33,706 - £40,588 pa
Closing date
20 Feb 2024

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Healthcare, Nursing
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Job overview

Crawley Mental Health Liaison Practitioner Service (MHLP) currently has an exciting opportunity for 3 permanent full time posts. Applications are welcome from Registered Mental health nurses/social workers or Occupational Therapists.

Crawley is a lively and friendly team where you will be offered mentorship and supervision from senior nursing colleagues, active management support and the chance to undertake training courses relevant to your professional practice. You will also have access to regular professional supervision.

Hours of work are generally between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Friday.

Main duties of the job

To work as part of the secondary care mental health service, acting as a link clinician to primary care teams. Clinical work will be carried out within primary care settings.

To work with GPs and primary care teams, specifically colleagues in IAPT (Time to talk), providing support, advice, consultation and shared care for adults, regardless of age and diagnosis, presenting with a functional mental illness, to enable safe management of clients within primary care.

To work in partnership with GPs and other primary care colleagues around individual patients and to work jointly with them to develop care plans for the client.

To assess individuals with complex presentations, prior to referral to secondary care and if required, directing them into the appropriate specialist service within secondary care ensuring they are not passed between services.

To maintain a close working relationship with local secondary care teams, keeping them informed of developments within primary care.

Working for our organisation

Our organisation is expanding and we're looking for people with the right values, skills and/or potential to join us. We need people with energy, expertise, enthusiasm to help us provide the very best possible specialist NHS mental health and learning disability care. This involves helping us achieve our strategy to improve the quality of life for the communities we serve through People, Prevention and Partnerships.

This post offers an incentive or relocation package up to the maximum of £4000 (pro rata applies and subject to terms and conditions).

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

1. The post-holder will be both a member of a number of GP led primary care teams and a member of secondary care mental health services.
2. To undertake screening and assessment of patients with mental health problems referred by GPs to determine the most appropriate intervention and offer support and advice using the philosophy of least intervention possible and of a recovery, strength based approach.
3. To support GPs and primary care teams in assessing and managing risk.
4. To facilitate the patient's journey to secondary services and other statutory services as needed including acting as broker between secondary care services to avoid clients being "bounced" around teams.
5. To be aware of service users with complex needs who are discharged from secondary care to primary care, and to liaise with their GPs to ensure that the discharge is well managed.
6. To support and work alongside GPs in the implementation of patient-centred care packages and treatment for use within primary care.
7. To support GPs with issues relating to medication, and to liaise with psychiatry colleagues about medication advice and diagnostic advice as required.
8. To contribute to the development of assessment skills of other practitioners in primary care to promote more accurate identification of mental health problems.
9. To provide, where required, supervision for students and other mental health trainees.
10. To ensure that clinical practice is evidence-based and consistent with relevant NICE Guidelines, and Trust policies and procedures.
11. To work in a flexible way in providing cover in other GP practices when needed.

Consultation and training
1. To provide advice and consultation to GPs and primary care teams.
2. To provide high quality information to GPs and primary care teams on local resources and services
3. To publish and make available information about the practitioner role to local people
4. To attend supervision from appropriate clinical practitioners in nursing and psychological care, approved by the service manager.
5. To provide formal and informal training in a range of mental health issues identified by GPs for GPs and Primary Care Mental Health Teams and present cases, literature reviews and research findings at clinical and other meetings as appropriate.

Networking and service provision
1. To work closely with other practitioners, local day services, local education establishments, employment agencies and third sector services
2. To maintain close working relationships with secondary care services.
3. To provide information to patients, and their carers, about their care and options available to them.
4. To ensure that the service is equitable and accessible to clients and carers.

Quality and audit
1. To ensure that assessment and interventions are provided to agreed standards.
2. To keep GPs and primary care teams well informed on outcomes of interventions and therapies provided to their patients.
3. In association with GPs, other practitioners and service managers, to involve patient, carers and the general public in improving service responses and service pathways.
4. To ensure that complaints and plaudits are logged and appropriate action is taken, in line with the Trust's policies and procedures, and national guidelines.
5. To observe and ensure adherence to the relevant professional code of Professional Conduct and the Trust's Policies and Procedures.
6. To act in all circumstances to ensure the safety and welfare of people, their relatives, and staff.
7. To ensure that approved policies, clinical procedures and regulations are understood and followed, and to take appropriate remedial action where deviations from these standards occur.
8. To keep the Team Leader aware of and informed about any untoward occurrences that may affect the service professionally or administratively, or in other ways.
9. To be aware of the Data Protection Act and other relevant legislation in relation to confidentiality and freedom of information.
10. To engage in individual performance reviews and continuing professional development, identifying training needs in relation to personal development and development of the post.
11. To review with the GP and service manager the post-holder's personal workloads and levels of clinical and other activity.
12. To undertake any other duties in line with the grade and scope of the post

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered Mental Health/OT/Social worker qualification
  • Post Basic Courses / relevant Study Days
  • Evidence of CPD


Essential criteria
  • Three years' post-qualifying experience of clinical work with people with a range of mental health problems
  • Experience of partnership working within and across various different statutory and non- statutory teams and agencies
  • Experience of successfully managing a caseload and prioritising clinical work.
  • Experience of providing a range of clinical interventions to people with a variety of mental health problems

Sussex Partnership NHS FT is committed to supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our communities. Our workforce is currently under-represented from Black and Minority, Ethnic and disabled communities and we would welcome applications from these communities.

We regret that we are unable to advise candidates if they have not been shortlisted. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

In the event of an excessive number of applicants the Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy earlier than indicated.

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust takes its responsibilities for the safeguarding and protection of children and young people and vulnerable adults very seriously and expects this of all its employees and bank workers. The Trust works with adult and children's social care to ensure that the integrated service has systems in place to equip staff and bank workers with the knowledge and skills to recognize abuse, and take action to safeguard and protect vulnerable adults and children and young people. It is expected that all staff and bank workers familiarise themselves with the appropriate structures and policies and with the Sussex child protection and safeguarding procedures and the Sussex multi-agency policy and procedures for safeguarding vulnerable adults and undertake the relevant essential training and further training appropriate to their role.

Successful candidates are normally offered salaries at the bottom of the relevant salary range. However, where previous or equivalent NHS experience in a similar role can be demonstrated and evidenced, this may be taken into consideration when setting the starting salary.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.


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Who we are

We provide specialist NHS mental health and learning disability services in south east England. People receive care, treatment and support from us in hospital, at home and from a range of community services. Our services are rated ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission and ‘outstanding’ for caring.

Where we are

We provide services for people of all ages across Sussex and services for children and young people in Hampshire. There’s something for everyone in our local area, whether that’s the hustle and bustle of Brighton, the scenic South Downs or our wonderful coastline where you can chill out to the sound of the surf.

What we can offer you

When you join us, you’ll be coming to work in an organisation that puts people first. We’ll do everything we can to make you feel valued, respected and included. You will be given plenty of opportunities here for your career to flourish. We’re an organisation which is strong on innovation, research and learning, and we will support your development and help you learn new skills in whichever team or service you work in.

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