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Consultant Psychiatrist - General Adult Mental Health Liaison

Mersey Care NHS Trust
£84,559 to £114,003 a year per annum (plus 10% recruitment & retention premia)
Closing date
27 Sep 2022

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Hospital, Psychiatry
Contract Type
Full Time
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Mental Health Liaison is an integral part of the 24/7 Urgent Care Model and the Trust is seeking for a caring, committed General Adult Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist covering Royal Liverpool University Hospital Mental Health Liaison Team. The post holder will carry no responsibility for psychiatric inpatients.

The mental health liaison team based at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is a well-established multidisciplinary service looking after patients with severe and enduring mental illness and complex needs. The Mental Health Liaison Team (MHLT) operates within the A&E department and Medical Assessment Wards of Royal Liverpool University Hospitals and provides a rapid assessment service for individuals aged 16 and above with the Older Person's Service accepting new referrals from age 70+years.

Your workload will comprise attending daily team meetings, assessing and providing expert advice for, and in relation to, patients on the wards; delivering training and supervision to the team and the wider hospital staff group, as well as participating in service delivery activities.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will be responsible for providing medical and clinical leadership for The Royal Liverpool University Hospital Mental Health Liaison team.

The post-holder will include assessment of General Adult referrals from the inpatient wards. Medical support is provided for more complex cases and those requiring the specific skills of a liaison psychiatrist.

Demonstrate an understanding of the interface between physical illness and mental illness; undertake diagnosis and formulation of management plans in complex cases; advise medical teams on appropriate integrated care and assess and manage risk (e.g. suicide risk, violence/aggression, absconding) relating to psychiatric conditions in general hospital settings.

Provide advice on prescribing to medical teams on psychotropic medication; provide expertise, and fulfil a statutory role, in managing medico-legal issues in the general hospital, including application of mental health and mental capacity legislation

Assessment and management of patients under the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act.

Ensure compliance with our clinical governance framework, you will motivate colleagues, champion service user safety and dignity and drive continuous improvement.

About us

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in Liverpool, Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.

Our ambition is to deliver perfect care to become the world's leading organisation in holistic health and well being.

Mersey Care's vision and values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support (CARES) drive our organisation and the way we work together to deliver services. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate, during recruitment and any subsequent employment with the Trust, that their behaviour supports our values.

Job description
Job responsibilities

While primarily responsible for delivering a quality clinical service, the Consultant Psychiatrist is also expected to be actively involved in taking a strategic lead in on-going developments on the ward and support the Trusts strategic aims of delivering Perfect Care. Consultant psychiatrist responsible for providing clinical leadership for The Royal Liverpool University Hospital Mental Health Liaison team.

Your role will include assessment of urgent referrals from the inpatient wards. Medical support is provided for more complex cases and those requiring the specific skills of a liaison psychiatrist. This will include leading on the training of other hospital staff and interacting with other medical professionals throughout the hospital.

To supervise and support team members who carry out assessments of patients referred to the team.

To carry out comprehensive psychiatric assessments and provide treatment for patients.

Supporting staff to manage psychiatric emergencies

To conduct patient reviews and lead Multidisciplinary reviews and multi-professional meetings

To be the responsible clinician for the purposes of the Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007) and carry out duties in accordance to the code of practice.

To carry out comprehensive Risk Assessments and participate in Trusts risk management processes such as Health Risk Assessment and Management Meetings (H-RAMM)

To provide medical leadership to the team

Participate in regular clinical supervision as per Trust policy.

Participate in managerial supervision.

Incorporate health promotion and health education into your practice.

Ensure record keeping is in accordance with Professional and Trust standards.

Work in a professional and collaborative manner with the Multi-disciplinary team.

Participate and promote positive intra agency working.

Participate and assist in setting standards of service user care based on sound research findings.

Please see job description for further details.

Person Specification
  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification
  • Qualification or higher degree in medical education, clinical research or management
  • MRCPsych
  • Endorsement in Liaison Psychiatry
  • Additional clinical qualifications.
  • oFully registered with the GMC with a license to practice at the time of appointment
  • oIncluded on the GMC Specialist Register for General Adult psychiatry OR a trainee within six months of completing their CCT.
  • oPrevious experience within general adult psychiatry
  • oApproved clinician status OR able to achieve within 3 months of appointment
  • oApproved clinician status OR able to achieve within 3 months of appointment
  • In good standing with GMC with respect to warning and conditions on practice
  • Evidence of development of special interest (especially Liaison Psychiatry)
  • Experience of working as a Consultant in both old age and general adult.
  • Holds and will use valid UK driving licence OR provides evidence of proposed alternative
Clinical Skills, Knowledge & Experience
  • Excellent knowledge in specialty
  • Excellent clinical skills using bio-psycho-social perspective and wide medical knowledge
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Able to manage clinical complexity and uncertainty
  • Makes decisions based on evidence and experience including the contribution of others
  • Able to meet duties under MHA and MCA
  • Wide range of specialist and sub-specialist experience relevant to post within NHS or comparable service
Academic Skills & Lifelong Learning
  • Able to deliver undergraduate or postgraduate teaching and training
  • Ability to work in and lead team
  • Demonstrate commitment to shared leadership & collaborative working to deliver improvement
  • Participated in continuous professional development
  • Participated in research or service evaluation
  • Able to use and appraise clinical evidence
  • Has actively participated in clinical audit and quality improvement programmes
  • Able to plan and deliver undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training relevant to this post
  • Reflected on purpose of CPD undertaken
  • Experienced in clinical research and / or service evaluation
  • Evidence of achievement in education, research, audit and service improvement: awards, prizes, presentations and publications
  • Has led clinical audits leading to service change or improved outcomes to patients

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).
UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details
Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Liverpool University Hospital (RLUH)

Prescot Street


L7 8XP

Employer's website (Opens in a new tab)

BMJRef: BMJ-91244/350-MED4463477-A
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