Band 6 Mental Health Liaison Nurse – Salisbury District Hospital – Salisbury, Wiltshire

Band 6 Mental Health Liaison Nurse – Salisbury District Hospital

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

Salisbury, Wiltshire


Band 6 Mental Health Liaison Nurse – Salisbury District Hospital

Band 6

Main area
Mental Health Liaison
Band 6
Permanent: Substantive
Full time – 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Salisbury District hospital
£33,706 – £40,588 per annum
Salary period
28/03/2023 23:59

Job overview

The established mental health liaison team at Salisbury Hospital is made up of a team manager, senior practitioner, band 6 nurses, and our consultant psychiatrist.

What makes mental health liaison an exciting practice area is the unique interplay between physical and mental health which is rarely seen in other settings. 

In Salisbury Hospital, the regional specialties include plastics and burns and the supra-regional specialty of spinal. This gives unique insight into patients who can attend from other counties with significant self harm or mental health issues arising from life changing conditions. 

As an ageless mental health liaison team (18+), we support the hospital and their patients across the lifespan giving practitioners the chance to broaden their knowledge in all areas of mental health including acute, later life and organic and specialized pathways such as perinatal, eating disorder, and somatoform and medically unexplained symptoms. We see patients at all points of their journey- first point of contact needing primary care input to the most complex and challenging presentations. 

Main duties of the job

Our liaison team tends to receive referrals from A&E as well as the wards (roughly 50% split)  which can provide the ‘best of both worlds’ – a proportion of patients we see for ‘one off’ assessments and another proportion who we can see as an inpatient for longer and benefit from the rapport building and continuity that this can give.

We are a very supportive team who enjoy the complexity this job can offer and see new challenges as obstacles to overcome creatively. Risk is a large part of our role, but we take this on with shared enthusiasm and support. We also act as advocates for our patients and general colleagues as needed. Come to a job where you will keep learning and no two days are quite the same!

Conducting Full Psycho social assessments for patients referred to the service.

Liaise with medical and nursing staff and families and carers

Refer on to other services as necessary

Educational support for general hospital staff

Mentoring students

Skills required include

Assessment of risk

Clinical Formulation skills

Discharge planning skills and knowledge

Co ordinating and organising ability

Good communication skills


Working for our organisation

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care. 

We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.

Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.  

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.



Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Mental Health Liaison Nurse – Please see attached job description and person specification for full details of this role.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Experience of assessing, planning and evaluating mental health nursing interventions.
  • Experience of delivering psychiatric interventions to individuals who are acutely unwell
  • Evidence of professional updating and development in the nursing care of patients in an acute or community setting.


Essential criteria
  • Registered Nurse (mental health)(preferred) or Social Worker or Occupational Therapy. Must have current professional registration

We are proud to be fostering a diverse workforce that reflects our communities.  A key commitment to this is improving staff representation from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, those from the LGBTQ+ communities, people with ‘lived-experience’ of mental health conditions and people living with disabilities,– we are a ‘Disability Confident Employer’ offering a guaranteed interview to Disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

We encourage applications from people who wish to work on a flexible basis, recognising that flexibility may mean a range of different working patterns and hours, we do our utmost to work with our staff to meet their needs and the needs of our service users.

Please apply to join us, we would love to hear from you. Any personal details you supply to us are kept safe in line with the General Data Protection Regulations. 

Adverts normally close for application a few minutes before midnight on the closing date and we will let you know if we are offering you an interview by email via our recruitment system ‘TRAC’. We contact all applicants within 4 weeks after the closing date, so please check your emails regularly once you have submitted your application; you are welcome to contact us, via the TRAC system, if you have any queries about your application.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Gary Buckley
Job title
Team Manager
Email address
[email protected]
Telephone number
01722 336262

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