Community Mental Health Practitioner

Livewell Southwest CIC
£33,706 to £40,588 a year NHS pay band 6, subject to change in national pay deal.
Closing date
10 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Please note that this post has a flexi-work option.We will consider any flexi-working pattern that we can accommodate within our service.

37.5 hours per week. The postholder will work as part of a multidisciplinary team taking referrals, conducting biopsychosocial assessments and providing treatment interventions for patients 18 and over who are experiencing mental health crisis. This includes managing and administering medication and ensuring physical checks are routinely conducted. Good risk assessment and formulation are both vital. Some autonomous working may be required at times. High quality communication skills are essential. Home Treatment has been established in Plymouth for over 20 years and is a 24/7 service. The purpose is both to prevent unnecessary admissions and facilitate early or prompt discharges from Livewell's inpatient functional wards. We are now looking to recruit some exceptional mental health practitioners (from any eligible professional background) to join our growing team. We are very interested in hearing from you if you have a commitment to supporting people to remain at home during their illness along with a positive can-do attitude. We will particularly welcome applications from people with acute mental health experience, older adult experience (including dementia) or from other health sectors where transferable skills can be demonstrated.

For more information please see the full job description and person specification (attached)

Main duties of the job

ob Summary:
  • To receive and triage referrals for those presenting in a mental health crisis
  • To be part of a multi-disciplinary team approach responding to individuals requiring a same day response or signposting due to a mental health crisis
  • To provide skilled telephone advice to referrers and patients and carers
  • To provide skilled telephone-based support to help contain a crisis and avoid further escalation of an issue
  • To offer an urgent mental health assessment in a location most convenient/appropriate for the patient this may be in their home, GP surgery or Emergency Department.
  • Identify the most appropriate intervention required for patient, with an emphasis on positive risk management, and refer as necessary.
  • Following assessments provide high quality assessment reports/letters to the relevant professionals. Monitor reports by junior staff to ensure they are of the same standards.
  • Support the Team Manager in the effective running of the team and monitoring of standards through effective clinical supervision of junior staff.
  • The post will include flexible working patterns over a 37.5 hours working week to incorporate cover for a 24/7 service.

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

Please see the attached documents for the job description and the person specification.......................................................................

Person Specification



  • RMN/Dip HE/BSc Mental Health Nursing- NMC Registration.
  • RGN/Dip HE/BSc Registered nurse-NMC Registration
  • Occupational Therapy Degree HCPC Registration.
  • Social Work Degree HCPC Registration
  • Paramedic Science Degree/BSc/Dip HE HCPC Registration


  • Clinical Supervision training.
  • Evidence of completion of statutory and mandatory training.
  • Mentorship qualification
  • Non-Medical prescriber or willingness to work towards this where appropriate.



  • Significant post-registration experience of working with people with complex mental ill health within the community, including those who may abuse drugs and/or alcohol.
  • Significant experience as a care coordinator/ or Home Treatment/Crisis worker.
  • Experience of working collaboratively with patients and their families/carers.
  • Previous experience of working at a Band 6 level or 2 years post registration experience in acute mental health or in the care of older people experiencing functional mental health problems.


  • Completing complex mental health assessments in a variety of different settings in the community and signposting to relevant services.
  • Relapse prevention and Recovery Principles.
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision, mentoring and teaching to students and other health professionals.
  • Experience of working in an acute inpatient unit.
  • Experience of working with people with an offending background.
  • Experience of carrying out basic physical health screening.
  • Staff appraisal skills.



  • Mental Health Act.
  • Mental Capacity Act.
  • CPA.
  • Clinical Risk Assessment.
  • Safeguarding Adults and Children.
  • Clinical governance.
  • Psychological models of care and treatment.


  • Microsoft Outlook.
  • Systm1, Care First or other electronic records system.
  • eCPA.
  • Relevant Livewell Southwest policies and procedures.
  • CQUINs relevant to mental health crisis.
  • Knowledge of common physical health issues that may affect people with a severe and enduring mental health problem.
  • Knowledge of clinical clustering tools and PbR.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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).

Employer details

Employer name

Livewell Southwest


200 Mount Gould Road

Mount Gould




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