Band 6 Mental Health Practitioner

Are you looking for a new challenge?

Do you want to work in an environment where no two days are the same?

As a result of national guidance, our local commissioning group have changed how our Mental Health Triage team, Liaison Psychiatry and Psycho-Oncology services are to be delivered in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. We are fortunate in that additional funds are available to see those in need when in a general hospital; so we are recruiting in preparation for the new service starting from the beginning of April, next year. This will result in a new integrated CORE 24 service from April 2020.

We have a number of opportunities available in the new CORE 24 service based across the Emergency Department and all wards across University Hospitals Leicester. The priority of Liaison Psychiatry is to bridge the gap between physical and mental health, by undertaking high quality holistic assessments for individuals within the Acute General Hospital, experiencing mental health issues, physical illness and distress. We’re looking for experienced Band 6 Mental Health Practitioners who are mental health nurses, social workers or occupational therapists.

The team provides face to face Mental Health Triage assessments and ongoing mental health advice for people who have either attended the Emergency Department at the Leicester Royal Infirmary, or been referred from any ward and under the care of UHL. We operate 24 hours per day, 365 days a year. Practitioners are expected to work a shift pattern that includes nights.

The team is dynamic and fast moving and requires Practitioners to work autonomously. You must have excellent clinical skills, be able to demonstrate an ability to complete comprehensive mental state examinations, thoroughly assess patient safety and 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 all ages, in any setting.

For further information please contact

Alison Heathcote, Team Lead for Mental Health Triage on 0792 028 8531, or Matt Pickard, Team Manager for Liaison Services on 0116 225 2610.

Applicants are strongly advised to come and meet the team and visit the working area.

Previously shortlisted applicants need not apply.

Interviews to be held week commencing 6th April 2020.

Job Reference: 313-A-20-79506-MA

Employer:Leicestershire Partnership Trust

Department:Leicester Royal Infirmary


Salary:£30,401 / £32,525 / £33,587 / £34,782 / £37,267