We are seeking dynamic and skilled psychiatric liaison practitioners to join our multidisciplinary teams at Northwick Park Hospital. Applicants with qualifications in social work, occupational therapy and registered mental health nurses are invited to apply. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact us to find out more about the post or arrange a visit.
We are committed to actively supporting our staff to train and develop their skills. These posts represent an excellent opportunity to work in a rapidly developing mental health team, to develop clinical and interpersonal skills and to make a meaningful contribution to clinical care.
The liaison psychiatry department at Northwick Park provides psychiatry input to the inpatient wards, emergency dept. and section 136 suite, for all patients from age 16 upwards, including older adults. We work closely with both inpatient medical/surgical specialties and mental health services. The cases we encounter reflect the whole spectrum of psychiatric conditions, from common and severe mental disorders, people with drug and alcohol use disorders, to somatoform disorders, organic behavioural disorders and people who have harmed themselves.
You will be a key player of the multidisciplinary team, offering specialist psychiatric advice in the acute hospital setting. You will be well supported by an established team which includes two consultant liaison psychiatrists , a clinical team manager, team leaders, psychiatric liaison nurses, and two alcohol specialist nurses, providing a 24/7 on-site psychiatry service in London North West Healthcare NHS Trust. The posts are available to start as soon as possible.
You must have excellent clinical skills, be able to demonstrate an ability to complete comprehensive mental state examinations, thoroughly assess risk, formulate safe and effective risk management plans and document this clearly and concisely. Experience of working with older adults patients is essential however older adults training will be provided for staff working in the older adult’s team. You will be able work autonomously with awareness of when to seek advice, in the context of a multidisciplinary team.
You must have a warm and friendly disposition and have very good communication and interpersonal skills. You must also be confident and motivated, flexible and be able to show initiative in an environment which can be demanding and stressful.
Successful applicants will be expected to work on rotating shift patterns (day and nights shifts). The older adults staff will be expected to work 9am -5pm service 7 days a week.
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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