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Psychiatric Liaison Nurse/Social Worker/Occupational Therapist

Band 6

Main area
Liaison Psychiatry
Band 6
37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Ipswich Hospital
£30,401 - £37,267 gross per annum
05/09/2019 23:59
Interview date

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust provides child and adult mental health services, alcohol treatment, learning disability, wellbeing and eating disorder services across Norfolk and Suffolk.

We are committed to delivering quality driven mental health services. Every individual makes a valuable contribution. We are proud of our staff who have been commended for the care they provide. Do you value working positively, respectfully and together? If so, we’d love you to join us!

Please follow this link to find out more in our Employee Handbook

Employee Handbook

Please read the job description/person specification carefully and ensure your application reflects the knowledge, skills and experience needed.

It is important that you complete a formal application form as CV’s alone will not be accepted.

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The NSFT East Suffolk Psychiatric Liaison Service, based in Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, are looking for highly motivated and enthusiastic mental health practitioners, who are looking to expand their skill and knowledge base, within the acute hospital setting.

The Psychiatric Liaison Service offers a single point of access for referrals from Ipswich Hospital and provides a range of mental health specialities within one multidisciplinary team to service users 13 years and over.

Our team responds to a diverse range of referrals covering both the liaison and emergency assessment functions.

You will be an excellent communicator, self-motivating and committed to delivering high quality standards of care. You will be a confident and experienced practitioner with excellent assessment skills and the ability to formulate clinical decisions and management plans and act on them quickly whilst working in a demanding and challenging environment.

A flexible ‘can do’ attitude, with a willingness to build links with general hospital colleagues is essential to ensure that a proactive interface is created between mental health and medicine. You will have the relevant post qualification experience, including acute mental health and be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the differing needs of people attending the general hospital. 

You will be key in the efficient delivery of the liaison service; in improving response and management of referrals; in improving knowledge and understanding of mental health issues within the Ipswich Hospital; in helping the team meet their key performance indicators and be proactive in helping explore and develop partnerships and pathways to improve patient prognosis and outcome.

At present, the service operates 7am to 9pm, 7 days a week, but following a successful Core 24 bid, the team will be operating 24/7 in the near future. Therefore you will be required to work shifts, including nights. We will provide a full induction. We have a genuine commitment to training and development with shared opportunities across the two Trusts. We are proud of our culture of honesty, team involvement and ownership to both patient care and job satisfaction.


Benefits included with this role are:-

  • NHS pension
  • a comprehensive in house & external training programmes
  • career progression
  • starting annual leave of 27 days per annum increasing to 33 days pa based on length of service (plus paid bank holidays)
  • staff physio service
  • gym membership
  • NHS discounts and many more.

To find out more about the role click the job description then click APPLY to start your candidate experience today!

The interviews are due to be held on Thursday 19th and Friday 20th September 2019. Please note that the interview date is provisional and may be subject to change.


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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

Maureen Parnell - - 07342077713