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Mental Health Liaison Nurse - University Hospital Lewisham

Band 6

Main area
Psychological Medicine and Integrated Care
Grade
Band 6
Contract
Fixed term - 12 months
Hours
Full Time 37.5 Hours per week
Job ref
334-MED-578622-GB-I
Site
University Hospital Lewisham
Town
London
Salary
£31,878 - £42,046 p.a inc.
Closing
21/11/2018 23:59

This well established and developing service attracts international placements and joint Service Development with our local Acute Trust.

We are a team of 8 Nurses and 4 Doctors working with people who present in mental health crisis to University Hospital Lewisham and we work collaboratively with the Mental Health for Older Adults Team and Perinatal Mental Health Team.

We are currently developing our service in line with NHS England standards according to the CORE 24 Model for Mental Health Liaison Services.

We are a 24 hour service, providing Mental Health Services in the Emergency Department and Inpatient Settings within University Hospital Lewisham.

We are seeking an experienced, skilled mental health liaison nurse to join our team.

The successful candidate will have an excellent opportunity to work in a developing mental health team to build upon their established clinical and interpersonal skills and to make a meaningful contribution to mental health crisis care.

The mental health liaison team at UHL provides mental health assessment and support to the inpatient wards, emergency dept. for all patients from age 18 upwards, including older adults.

We work closely with both inpatient specialties and mental health services.

You will be well supported by an established team which includes two consultant liaison psychiatrists , a clinical team manager, mental health liaison nurses, and a team administrator providing a 24/7 on-site mental health service in Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust.

You must have excellent clinical skills, be able to demonstrate an ability to complete comprehensive mental state examinations, thoroughly assess risk, formulate safe and effective risk management plans and document this clearly. You should have experience of mental health nursing, including crisis care in a variety of settings including community, you will be able work autonomously with awareness of when to seek advice.

You will hold a sound working knowledge of common mental health disorders, the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act. A sound knowledge of the interface between physical and mental health is essential as well as experience of working with older adults, in any setting.

All applicants will also hold the relevant mentorship qualification or be willing to undertake this training, you must have very good communication and interpersonal skills. You must also be confident and motivated, flexible and be able to show initiative in an environment which can be demanding.

Successful applicants will be expected to work on a rolling shift pattern (day and nights shifts).

Applicants who have previously applied for these vacancies should not reapply.

The South London Mental Health and Community Partnership (SLP) is a collaboration between Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust, delivering mental health services to a population of more than three million people. The partnership brings together clinical expertise, experience and innovation, aiming to improve quality, use resources most effectively, and deliver best practice consistently to all patients.

Our values are pivotal - if you can demonstrate that you can uphold the values and ethical practice that is at the heart of all of our organisations, then we will welcome you to join us and will support, train and develop you throughout your nursing and caring journey.

The Trust’s core value states that 'everything we do is to improve the experience of people using our services and to promote mental health and well-being for all'.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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

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Further details / informal visits contact

Lesa Bartlett - Team Leader Lewisham Hospital on 07525237298

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