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Mental Health Practitioner

Livewell Southwest CIC
£27,055 to £32,934 a year pa, pro-rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
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Job summary

Up to 37.5 hours per week

Are you a Mental Health Practitioner looking for a new role? Livewell Southwest, one of the most exciting organisations in Health & Social Care, is seeking enthusiastic practitioners to join our dynamic multi-disciplinary Community Mental Health Service (CMHS). You will be joining the CMHS at an exciting point of change influencing how Community Mental Health Care is delivered leading local services in providing outstanding care in the community for clients.

The Core Team will work closely with other services to provide specialist mental health assessment and evidenced based treatments for people with severe and enduring mental health difficulties and complex presentations. You will be able to provide specialist clinical input and use a range of approaches to work with complexity, and to supervise and support junior team members of multi-disciplinary mental health professionals.

Main duties of the job

You will, as part of a Multi Disciplinary Team in accordance with Livewell policies, work collaboratively with service users with a significant degree of mental health complexity, their carers and other agencies, enabling them to access mental health specialist support when required in line with Recovery and Trauma Informed Principles.

You will manage a defined caseload, working closely with other statutory and non statutory agencies to provide specialist mental health assessment and evidenced based treatments (both individual and group work based) for people with severe and enduring mental health difficulties and complex presentations. You will deliver care in line with agreed principles and policies, (currently CPA).

You will act as shift lead on a rota basis, coordinating the service delivery, prioritising workload and providing clinical advice to junior staff.

You will also be able to offer consultation to other services and contribute to multi agency forums, you will contribute to the training of others.

You will participate in Risk Management and Professionals meetings.

You will have access to support and supervision from an experienced multi- disciplinary team.

You will contribute to the development of training programmes for junior staff and the local induction programme and mentor students.

About us

Livewell Southwest is an independent, award-winning social enterprise providing integrated health & social care services for people across Plymouth, South Hams & West Devon, as well as some specialist services for people living in parts of Devon & Cornwall. With teams in community hospitals, GP practices, sports centres, health & wellbeing hubs.

As an organisation with a strong social conscience, we always value being kind, respectful, inclusive, ambitious, responsible and collaborative. Transforming services to make them sustainable, ensuring that we value, support & empower each other.

We are committed to involving the people we care for, families & carers in everything that we do, working towards co-production where we can. Helping us to deliver the right care for people, in the right place & at the right time. By putting people at the centre of what we do, we ensure to support people to lead, healthy independent lives & be the very best at helping people to live well.

Valuing our employees making an investment in their development a priority. We offer:

Protected CPD time for registered staff

Various development pathways and ongoing regular training packages for all staff

Leadership & mentoring programmes

Access & funding for training including Care Certificate, Assistant Practitioners Course & Scholarship into Nurse Training

A Robust Preceptorship

A bespoke induction programme

Existing members of the NHS Pension Scheme can continue their membership when they join the organisation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Tasks and Responsibilities of the Post:

The post holder will assess all new referrals as appropriate, in the patients practice, at home or in a clinic setting, in accordance with the agreed Operational Policy.

The post holder will provide nursing care and other interventions as appropriate in the right setting, in accordance with the agreed Operational Policy.

The post holder will arrange for a defined group of practice patients to access other parts of Adult Mental Health Services and work closely with all other clinical professionals e.g. Consultant Psychiatrist, Clinical Psychologist, Social Worker etc.

The post holder will act as a Care-Co-ordinator for a defined group of practice patients and organise care in accordance with the Care Programme Approach.

The post-holder will take part in the clinical audit of the CMHS. This will include annual CPA and Health Records audits.

The post holder will ensure that their clinical practice is based on evidence and good practice and in accordance with any NICE guidance.

The post holder will be individually accountable for their practice in accordance with the NMC or HPC professional code of conduct.

Staff Management:

The post holder may be responsible for supervising some junior staff within the CMHS.

Liaison and Administration:

The post holder should maintain close links with in-patient services at Glenbourne, Home Treatment Team, Social Care, Dual Diagnosis Services, Primary Care, Counselling Services.

The post holder will keep up to date electronic/paper records of all patient and staff activity, ensuring these are kept in a safe place, in accordance with NMC or HPC guidelines, and Livewell Southwest policies including Data Protection Act and the Mental Health Act. The post holder will be aware of NMC/HPC and Livewell Southwest guidelines on record keeping, confidentiality, Mental Health Act and Data Protection Act.

Professional Development and Education:

The post holder will be required to keep up-to-date this will include Mandatory training and developments in mental health nursing or sphere of practice.

The post holder will participate in the provision of relevant community placements and training programmes for nurses.

The post holder will be required to ensure that they receive appropriate regular line management and clinical supervision in line with current policies of Livewell Southwest.

The post holder will participate in an annual appraisal; this Job Description will be reviewed at this time.

Person Specification



  • Relevant experience of working with adults with a history of severe and enduring mental illness.
  • Multi-disciplinary working.


  • Life experience in wide range of settings.
  • Experience within a community mental Health setting.



  • Ability to travel across Plymouth.
  • Ability to work as an autonomous practitioner within a team including:
  • Assessment skills.
  • Communication and liaison skills.
  • Leadership skills/ Supervisory skills.
  • Team working skills.
  • Self-management ability, responsible & self-motivated
  • Prioritising workload/resources
  • Administration skills.
  • Interpersonal skills.
  • Computer skills.
  • Risk assessment management.
  • Crisis management.
  • Lone working.
  • Ability to plan/implement a package of care in the community for patients with mental health problems.
  • Ability to manage a caseload ensuring record keeping meets the standards of Livewell Southwest.
  • Able to manage own stress.
  • Flexible and reliable.
  • Empathic.


  • Ability to carry out role of link working within primary care:
  • - Independent assessments
  • - Planning care and reviewing patients at request of primary care in primary care setting.
  • Ability to recognise and support stress in others.
  • Mentorship or equivalent.
  • Group Interaction Skills.
  • Specific Therapeutic interventions.
  • Positive risk management.
  • Full driving licence for at least 12 months.



  • RMN/Dip HE/BSc Mental Health Nursing- NMC Registration.
  • Occupational Therapy Degree HCPC Registration.
  • Social Work Degree or PG Dip or MA Social Work England Registration.



  • Mental Health Act.
  • Confidentiality.
  • Applies knowledge of CPA and Care Co-ordination.
  • Psychiatric illnesses especially those on the schizophrenic and bi-polar spectrum plus evidence of giving relevant nursing care.
  • Knowledge of NICE guidelines in relation to mental health and the ability to apply evidence-based practice.


  • Breakaway.
  • Networking with other agencies.
  • Ethical issues in relation to Mental Health.
  • System one/ECPA/computer patient records.
  • Interest and awareness of national and local services developments.
  • Good working knowledge of the Care Quality Commission.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

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