Locum Band 7x2 Psychiatric Liaison Specialist Practitioners

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Locum Band 7x2 Psychiatric Liaison Specialist Practitioners

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    Lauren Donnellan

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    01322 282470

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    14 days ago

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​​​Our clients in Oxford are urgently seeking to recruit 2 Band 7 Psychiatric Liaison Specialist Practitioners to join their Emergency Psychiatric Service.
Hours: 37.5 hours per week comprising of 3x12 hour shifts - 07.00 to 19.30 Long Days, 19.00 - 07.30 Nights
Job Summary
Provide rapid specialist assessment and initial management for patients of all ages who attend the OUH Emergency Departments (ED) with self-harm, alcohol and drug-related problems and acute psychiatric presentations including but not limited to panic, psychosis, acute stress reactions and suicidal ideation.
To function autonomously and competently at Band 7 level when undertaking assessments, including managing volume and demand in the busy and sometimes challenging ED working environment.
Arrange and provide brief evidence-based psycho-social treatments for patients who have self-harmed.
Support timely and safe discharge from the ED avoiding unnecessary prolonged lengths of stay in the hospital environment, including avoidance of breaching referral to assessment time targets. To act as shift coordinator and take a leadership role with ensuring the available resource can meet demand.
Contribute to reducing unnecessary inpatient admissions to secondary care and to support and maintain appropriate care packages for patients as an alternative to admission.
Facilitate training of ED staff to increase knowledge of psychiatric disorders and their management of them.
Facilitate and advise on the appropriate use of mental health legislation as required within the ED’s and Children’s Wards.
To provide expertise in first contact care and immediate management, consistent with NICE guidelines and RCPsych guidance, for patients under the care of the ED Consultants at the John Radcliffe (JR) and Horton hospitals. Also to provide assessment and liaison service to patients aged 13-15 years admitted to the JR who have self-harmed.
To work independently to carry out skilled and comprehensive psychosocial assessments, using evidence-based assessment tools.
To use advanced level assessment skills to provide safe, high quality, evidence based care for patients presenting to ED in need of urgent psychiatric care. This may include recognition of relevant medical conditions such as intoxication, delirium and withdrawal states.
In some instances, to provide medication advice to ED doctors to manage patients in the department (for example, with agitation or withdrawal states) and to discuss medication options with patients under the supervision of medical staff in the team.
Make autonomous decisions in relation to the safe discharge of patients providing a well communicated discharge and safety plan.
Signpost patients to appropriate services and provide relevant information where necessary.
Make appropriate referrals to other parts of Oxford Health NHS Trust and other statutory and non-statutory agencies.
Work in collaboration with GP’s and other health and social care colleagues and refer patients onward as determined by their clinical and social needs.
Take into account the possible conflicting needs of patients, relatives and others involved in the care of the patient using sensitivity, judgment and recourse to advice when needed.
Communicate highly sensitive, complex and confidential information to patients, relatives, carers and multidisciplinary and multi-agency teams.Participate in multi-professional / multi-agency forums to contribute expertise in the risk management of self-harm.
Effectively manage the presenting needs of patients referred to the service.
Complete necessary paperwork (including recording in OUH notes), within an agreed timeframe.
Effectively manage a clinical caseload providing time limited therapeutic interventions which will include more than one clinical area or mode of practice, being aware of models underpinning practice and using evidence based practice.
To assess and manage risk whilst acting as a lead to advise on the management or risk within ED of patients presenting with mental health problems.
To utilise clinical and managerial supervision, both formally and informally, and to ensure that clinical problems and risks and shared and escalated as required.
To provide OUH staff with specialist advice, support and supervision, to enable them to develop their skills and deal confidently and effectively with psychological and psychosocial problems presenting in the emergency department.
Provide advice and guidance to Oxford Health & OUH staff.
Facilitation of staff groups when appropriate and support of colleagues in the general hospital in providing appropriate interventions as required.
Promotion of positive attitudes and understanding towards people with mental health problems, to promote effective collaborative working between mental health, general hospital and primary care trusts.
To establish and maintain a collaborative relationship with CAMHS to ensure the co-ordination of care for adolescents that are referred to the service.
The following skills have been specified:-
Experience of Psychiatric Liaison/Crisis work preferable
Adults/Older Adults and CAMHS.
​​​If you are interested in this exciting opportunity and would like to find out more, please call Lauren - 07552277905 (New Registrants) or Georgia 07552277896 (Existing Registrants) or alternatively please email Recruitment@westmeriarecruitment.co.uk.
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