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Mental Health Practitioner 16-25

Livewell Southwest CIC
£33,706 to £40,588 a year pa, pro-rata
Closing date
2 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
37.5 hours per week. Children, Young People and Families Service (CYPFS) within Livewell Southwest has an exciting opportunity to develop a new role of a 16-25 Mental Health Practitioner within the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). The role will support the development of the Community Mental Health Framework working closely with Adult Mental Health Services and Primary Care Networks as well as education settings for those aged 16-25 and the Voluntary Sector.

Main duties of the job

The role involves supporting young people/young adults aged 16-25 to access mental health support and also support as they make the transition from child to adult services. The role will involve working directly with the young people/young adults, their family and professionals to develop person-centered transition plans and ensuring mental health support is available for this age group. Such support may include supporting the person with uncertainty surrounding transition and appropriate pathways, complexity around multiple service involvement, complexity around additional medical needs and/or the need for additional signposting to other services. The practitioner will work with young people and their families to develop an integrated pathway, signposting where they can get the skills or support to get them where they want and need to be.

The main aim of the 16-25 Transitions Pathway is to help young people think about their adult life as a whole, rather than simply thinking about what services they might be accessing post-18.

Suitable candidates would have experience working within Adult Mental Health Services or CAMHS.

Informal enquires to:

Tom Hunter (CAMHS Clinical Pathway Manager)

Contact: 01752 435125.


All Livewell Southwest staff are expected to able and willing to work across a 7 day service.

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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

The main aim of the 16-25 Pathway is to help young people think about their adult life as a whole, rather than simply thinking about what services they might be accessing post-18. The 16-25 Practitioner works with the young person to think about:

The 16-25 Practitioner works with the young person to think about:

Hopes and dreams for the future

What is working well currently

What is not working well currently

What is important now

What is important in the future

Alongside this they aims to provide:

Signposting and recommendations for suitable activities and services that are not already being accessed in relation to young persons goals

Identifying and mapping out links between professionals involved and ensuring young people and their families are aware of who is involved and what their role is

Organising and promoting the use of transition meetings in order to ensure the young persons needs will be met

Attendance at meetings relevant to young persons needs to ensure their preferences are being heard and taken into consideration

Identifying unmet needs and investigating options to provide additional support for young people in relation to their goals

The post holder will work as part of the CAMHS Transition Pathway within CAMHS and within the Community Mental Health Framework as well as initially supporting young people who access or are transitioned to Primary Care.

The post Holder will also consider the mental health needs of those who are leaving care and collaborate with Local Authority colleagues and the Looked after Children team to ensure mental health support is available for this cohort.

Direct clinical work with young people and their families, case holding where indicated.

Consultation with professionals, colleagues and parent/carers.

The 16-25 practitioner needs to be able to engage and work with professionals in other services as well as CMHF/ CAMHS, who will provide clinical consultation. He or she will need to be resilient, articulate and confident. The post holder will liaise with the multidisciplinary teams by attending necessary clinical meetings and will provide verbal and written reports as required. The post holder will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of relevant protocols and procedures, including risk assessment, care planning and clinical governance procedures.

Participate in clinical reviews and discharge planning and multi-agency meetings as appropriate. To communicate complex information with clarity and sensitivity to families or carers and to ensure that information is shared appropriately with other professionals within the system.

Service Delivery:

To improve the mental health of the 16-25 age group through the delivery of an integrated and coordinated system of community based mental health care to children, young people and their families, providing safe, culturally competent, effective, cost efficient, timely and accessible services that are in accordance with national and local priorities and are responsive to the needs and views of local children, young people and their families.

To support the delivery of consultation, liaison and training to staff in Universal/targeted/specialist Services. To also provide clinical input to the team, delivering practice within best evidence and to the highest possible standard. The post sits within a multi-agency locality-based team within the city offering mental health assessment and treatment interventions in line with NICE Guidelines.

To contribute to a positive working environment and open learning culture, which supports high morale and commitment within the Community Mental Health Pathway promoting wellbeing, personal development and continuous improvement in the standards of business activities and professional practice.

To work with children/young people/families/adults and professionals working with them, to reduce the stigma associated with mental health and contribute to the embedding of a positive message about maintaining good mental health.

The Mental Health Practitioner (MHP) will be supported to develop the ability to provide specialist and autonomous, culturally competent mental health assessment, formulation of and implementation of specific care plans and review for children and young people and their families/carers following a request for involvement. The MHP will have skills that enable them to communicate that assessment in writing to the referrer and the General Practitioner. This information may also be required to be copied to any other relevant parties involved in the young persons care, with the young persons permission where appropriate.

All Mental Health Practitioners (MHP) must use an evidence-based approach to develop and implement specialist programs of intervention to a defined caseload of children and young people. These interventions will be based on a clear theoretical framework and will take full account of the child or young persons developmental needs, gender, ethnicity, religion, race, ability and sexual orientation. The MHP will need to develop their skills and knowledge enabling them to draw on a range of therapeutic interventions, for example different psychotherapeutic models, non- verbal therapeutic approaches and other techniques adapted for use with children and young people. They will also need to develop an extensive knowledge of the full range of children and family services across all agencies.

Direct intervention by the MHP is undertaken according to the competencies of individuals. As a Band 6 clinician the expectation will be that the clinician takes a lead role in the delivery of the service and supervise the junior members of the team. It will be evidence based and informed by a clear theoretical framework. The MHP will describe the planned care within a written care plan, review and update, which has been signed by the child/young person and/or parent/carer.

The post holder will be expected to draw upon experience and knowledge gained through training and practice relating to child development, child and adolescent mental health and adult mental health.

The MHP will demonstrate effective skills in the assessment and reassessment of risk and communicate concerns accurately in a timely fashion. This is inclusive of priority assessments and requires multi-agency responses to risk assessment and risk management plans.

The MHP will develop skills and knowledge enabling them to make an autonomous decision about the time of discharge, and agree with the child, young person and family/carers as well as multi-agency key partners. Communicate a summary of the work undertaken and how to sustain improvements made and include correspondence to General Practitioner.

The MHP is required to maintain high effective standards in the recording of clinical observations and actions, risk and risk management including child protection in health records.

All MHPs work with families at their homes, education and community settings and at base as appropriate/required by children/young people and their families.

The MHP will strongly adhere to culturally competent and anti-discriminatory practice, promote equity of opportunity and use their professional position to empower others and challenge power imbalances where they are found to exist.

The MHP will provide consultation to staff in partner agencies and may be required to support junior staff in attendance at meetings/ EHAT/CP meetings. Consultation is offered to all professionals to identify the nature and level of the young persons mental health need so that an appropriate CAMHS response can be defined and actioned.

All MHPs promote the mental health and emotional well-being of children and young people and those within their service

The MHP will play a major role in encouraging and co-coordinating collaboration between all agencies by attending multi-agency meetings such as multi-agency EHAT meetings, child protection case conferences, education reviews etc, to provide a mental health perspective.

The MHP will be required to have excellent and effective communication skills, applicable to working both with young people, young adults, their families and professional systems. Acting as a point of liaison between specialist CAMHS and universal services to ensure improved communication and collaboration via a range of different interfaces, forums and meetings e.g., presenting at meetings within Plymouth.

The post holder will be required to contribute to the delivery of education and training to professionals in multi-agency universal services.

Contribute to pathway development between CAMHS and Adult services and providers.

Maintain a high standard of clinical records and provide them in a timely manner for inputting onto the electronic records system.

Be available for and make use of clinical supervision, child protection supervision and operational line management supervision.

The post holder will need to organise their own workload under the support of Clinical Pathway Manager.

Co-design/Contribute to the development of team protocols and clinical practice, proposing changes for discussion.

Chair and participate in team meetings, pre-CAMHS to AMHS, full CAMHS to AMHS MDT discussion, CAMHS Core Meeting, allocation meetings, supervision, reflective practice and external case discussions.

To be aware of and familiar with LWSW policy and procedure and operate within that e.g., lone working policy.

Person Specification



  • Experience (both work and life related)
  • Experience of working in a multi-agency and/or multi-disciplinary context.
  • Experience of working with the care systems both directly with Children and young people and adults professionals within the care system.
  • Experience of post-registration working with children & young people and adults who have experienced mental health difficulties.
  • Experience in assessment, inc risk, care planning, intervention and evaluation.
  • Maintaining own safety in Community settings by worki
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