Psychiatric Liaison Nurse

Band 7

Main area
Mental Health
Band 7
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
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BED Psychiatric Liaison
£31,696 to £41,787 pa
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ELFT (East London NHS Foundation Trust) is making a positive difference to thousands of people’s lives, providing support so that they can fulfil their potential and enjoy healthy lives.

ELFT has been named one of the HSJ Top 10 best places to work in healthcare, HSJ Provider Trust of the Year and graded as Outstanding by our regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in 2016. We believe that staff who feel valued by the Trust and are truly engaged in the organisation deliver better outcomes for our patients.

We have set ourselves the mission of providing the highest quality mental health and community care in England, and have embarked on an ambitious Quality Improvement Programme to transform the culture of the Trust to one of continuous improvement, delivered through participation of all staff and with service users, carers and families at the heart of our efforts to improve.

Geographic areas our services cover

ELFT provides a wide range of community and inpatient services to children, young people, adults of working age, older adults and forensic services to the City of London, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Bedfordshire and Luton. We provide psychological therapy services to the London Borough of Richmond, as well as Children and Young People's Speech and Language Therapy in Barnet.

In addition, the Trust provides forensic services to the London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest, and some specialist mental health services to North London, Hertfordshire and Essex.

The specialist Forensic Personality Disorder service serves North London and the specialist Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME adult outpatient service serves North London and the South of England.

The Trust's specialist Mother and Baby Psychiatric Unit receives referrals from London and the South East of England.


An exciting opportunity has arisen to be the Senior Liaison Nurse Practitioner for people with co-existing Substance and/ or Alcohol Misuse and mental health conditions, as part of the Core 24 Psychiatric Liaison Service (PLS).  You will have a particular interest, knowledge and skills in the assessment and management of people with co-existing substance and/ or alcohol misuse and mental health conditions. As the Substance & Alcohol Misuse Lead one of your primary roles will be to support timely intervention and follow up for people with co-existing substance  and/ or alcohol misuse and mental health conditions, within the acute hospital.

 The Core 24 PLS will operate a 24 hours per day, 7 day a week service for people aged 16 years and above who present with a suspected mental health, self-harm or substance use related problems. The service will maintain focus on identifying, assessing, care planning, risk management and sign posting in relation to mental health related presentations.  You will be expected to work a 24 hour shift pattern and be able to offer all age assessments to service users who present via the Emergency Department and/ or ward referrals.

 You will be required to work closely with the Crisis Service Leadership Team to develop the team in line with commissioner requirements and Trust objectives. This will involve consulting all key stakeholders, and positively reinforcing the values and expectations of the organisation through collaborative and dynamic leadership that is both supportive and encouraging in nature to enable the team to adapt to key changes smoothly.

 You will be expected to take a lead role in the implementation and development of the Core 24 Service Model. Supporting the team through this exciting and extensive programme of service transformation and development, which aims to ensure the service, is fit for purpose for the next ten years.

 Using your previous experience of assessing the needs of people with co-existing substance and/ or alcohol misuse and mental health conditions, you will lead on training other members of the Core 24 PLS. Supporting them in being able to proficiently and competently provide comprehensive assessments, advice, consultation and sign posting for people who have co-existing substance and/ or alcohol misuse and mental health conditions. You will also be expected to take a lead on the provision of training to Bedford Hospital staff, not only regarding the needs of people who have co-existing substance and/ or alcohol misuse and mental health conditions but also mental health in general. 

As the Substance and Alcohol  Misuse Lead you will be expected to lead on the development of the care pathway for people who have co-existing substance and/ or alcohol misuse and mental health conditions between Core 24 and other relevant community and in-patent based services, using an Integrated Care System approach.

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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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Sasha Singh, telephone 07814486301, email

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0207 655 4158