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Mental Health Liaison Practitioner

NHS AfC: Band 6

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Mental Health Liaison practitioners
NHS AfC: Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Shrodells Unit Watford General Hospital
£33,706 - £40,588 per annum pro rata + 5% of basic salary (min£1,034 max £1,791)
Salary period
07/02/2023 23:59

Values Based Screener

At Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust we are looking for people to join us who share our values and those of the NHS. Before your application can be considered please take part on our online values questionnaire, which you can find below. When you have finished you will be sent a 'completion code' by email, which will be valid for 6 months and required to submit your application form.


Job overview

We are looking for experienced mental health practitioners who have experience of acute assessment of older adults or working age adults . The post holder will be working in a fast moving environment working with service users  presenting to the A&E department or admitted for medical care to the general hospital..

The post holders will be based at Watford Hospital. The successful candidate will work within a Multi-Disciplinary evidenced based Mental Health Liaison model that focuses on early identification and rapid response of Service Users presenting in A&E or admitted to hospital. The team also provides on-going training to general hospital staff with regards to the recognition and treatment of mental health problems.

Main duties of the job

The role will require close working with the Acute Trusts across a range of services to ensure early identification of mental health issues.

The team will work with Service Users from age 18 upwards and would welcome qualified nurses with experience of acute assessment of older or younger adults in a community setting to ensure faster decision making and earlier discharge. Both teams would partially welcome applicants with experience of assessing older people.

The successful applicants will need excellent assessment and communication skills and be able to work both independently and as part of a team.

Working for our organisation

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of ‘Outstanding’ from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on…

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For full details of the main duties and responsibilities of the role please refer to the job description and person specification documents attached.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • RMN or Dip / BSc (Hons) in Mental Health Nursing
Desirable criteria
  • Preceptorship and Mentorship. / BSc (Hons) Specialist Community Nursing Practice (Mental Health) or similar training.
  • Completed AMHP training Practice Teacher Award Child protection


Essential criteria
  • At least 2 years post registration experience with at least one year at grade 6 Experience in acute and community areas for younger or older adults. Evidence of continuing professional development.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience in working with acute mental health problems in community setting or CATT or MHLT.


Essential criteria
  • Ability to communicate effectively within a multiprofessional team.
  • Confidence to work autonomously in the community and use own initiative, and make decisions in complex situations.
  • Ability to provide and receive complex, sensitive or contentious information, where persuasive, motivational, negotiating, training, empathic or reassuring skills are required.
  • Ability to deal with distressing circumstances and challenging behaviour.
  • Experience of risk assessment in an acute / community setting.
  • Awareness of Child and safeguarding process and ability to identify and act on safeguarding concerns.
  • Knowledge of legislation related to mental health and social care (e.g. Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, National Service Framework, National Dementia Strategy, Care Programme Approach etc)
  • Ability to work well in a team setting.
  • Ability to cope with an unpredictable work pattern and frequent interruptions
  • Understanding of legal framework and social factors involved in community care.
  • Supervision skills.
Desirable criteria
  • Specific clinical/practice skills applicable in an acute community setting e.g. brief therapy, cognitive therapy, and anxiety management.

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Trust IDMenopause Friendly EmployerMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Age positiveDisability confident employerCare quality commission - OutstandingStonewall equality policy. Equality and justice for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people.

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.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Liz Angus
Job title
Interim Service manager
Email address
Telephone number
Additional information

Ric McDonald / Danny King / Anand Ramnarine MHLT Team Leaders -  01923 436124