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Developmental Mental Health Nurse

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

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Band 5
Contract Type
Job summary

These will be permanent roles of 37.5 hours, and the salary for this Band 5-Band 6 development role will initially be: �27,055 - �32,934 pa, pro rata.

Are you an ambitious Band 5 Mental Health Nurse/OT who holds professional registration who aspires to become a band 6? If so, we are offering informal discussions before applying for these exciting development posts.

We have created fast track development opportunities across our inpatient and community mental health services, perfect for someone who is keen to work towards band 6 within 6-12 months, depending on competencies.

Livewell Southwest used the Covid Pandemic as an opportunity to reflect. We have implemented changes that have had a positive direct impact on patient care delivery.

For example, the Community Mental Health Framework is an innovative and creative mental health model of working with GPs and primary care, leading to reduced waiting lists of 3 weeks, and providing care to people through a range of psychological and physical interventions.

Furthermore, our acute inpatient unit received an outstanding rating by the Care Quality Commission, highlighting our commitment to best practice.

As well as our commitment to transform services and make them sustainable, we are committed to developing our staff with ongoing support and bespoke training. We welcome you to join us in shaping the future of our services.

Main duties of the job

If you would like more information regarding this development opportunity or would like to visit any of the Mental Health areas please email Amy Issott, MHWB Business Support Manager -

Please see the attached Registered Practitioner Development Pathway, Band 5/6 in Mental Health document, individual service areas job descriptions and person specifications for further information regarding each individual role.

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

***** for full details regarding these Band 5 - Band 6 Mental Health Practitioner development roles, please see the attached job descriptions, personal specifications and also the attached Registered Practitioner Development Pathway document *****

Person Specification



  • Band 5:
  • 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.
  • Band 6:
  • Demonstrate evidence-based practice
  • CPA and record keeping
  • NSF & MHA and NICE guidelines
  • Demonstrate a commitment to professional development and be an able educator
  • Evidence of life-long learning (academically and professionally)


  • Band 5:
  • 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.
  • Band 6:
  • Competent and knowledgeable in regard to Livewell Policies relevant to the role.
  • IT knowledge/skills
  • Knowledge of National and local strategies, and developments in mental health services.
  • Able to draw upon a range of skills to support and deliver change within a MDT.



  • Band 5:
  • Multi-disciplinary working.
  • Relevant experience of working with adults with a history of severe and enduring mental illness.
  • Band 6:
  • 3-years post-registration mental health experience
  • Minimum 12-months experience in community mental health setting or clear evidence of how candidate is able to fulfill the functions of a community mental health Nurse.


  • Band 5:
  • Life experience in wide range of settings.
  • Experience within a community mental Health setting.
  • Caseload management skills
  • Band 6:
  • Community experience in Mental Health
  • Care co-ordination
  • Case load management



  • Band 5:
  • RMN/Dip HE/BSc Mental Health Nursing- NMC Registration.
  • Occupational Therapy Degree HCPC Registration.
  • Band 6:
  • Registration with NMC for RMN/ LD Nurse.
  • Occupational Therapy Degree HCPC Registration.
  • Post Graduate Specialist Knowledge and or experience in Community Mental Health setting


  • Band 6:
  • On-going mandatory training
  • Supervisor and or assessor training in line with the University of Plymouth or willingness to complete this training.
  • Recovery
  • CBT
  • Solution Focus Therapy
  • Management/coaching qualification.
  • Experience at a senior level which includes managerial experience, staff supervision and operational issues



  • Band 5
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Band 6:
  • Skilled and experienced clinician, particularly in assessment and crisis intervention
  • Good communication skills, verbal and written skills
  • Empathic outlook on health care delivery which respects clients dignity and human rights
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Supervisory skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Risk assessment and management skills
  • Calm and adaptable
  • Ability to work flexibly
  • Ability to work autonomously and part of MDT
  • Recognise and manage stress in self and others
  • Ability to commute around the locality.
  • Creative, enthusiastic, and self-motivated
  • Ability to manage change
  • Willingness to participate in service development
  • Knowledge and skills in medication management relevant to the post including administration of depot medications.
  • Ability to work flexibly and dynamically to support the Manager in developing a healthy team culture and driving forward team improvements and change at all times.


  • Band 5
  • 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.
  • Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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