Mental Health Practitioner

Livewell Southwest CIC
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pa, pro-rata
Closing date
15 Oct 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 5
Contract Type
Part Time
30 hours per week.

Are you looking for a new challenge and rewarding progressive career in Children and Young peoples Mental Health Services within an evolving team? CAMHS Crisis and Home Treatment Pathway are looking for resilient, innovative, and motivated individuals who are passionate about improving the lives and mental health of our young people.

Our pathway provides crisis support and intensive home treatment to young people who are experiencing mental health crisis and emotional distress. The service can be fast paced, and the ideal applicant will be extremely organised and self-motivated to provide high quality assessment and formulation for the young people within the service. We provide evidence-based assessments and interventions for young people keeping with the principles of the iTHRIVE model. The team provide a creative, trauma informed and pro-active approach in engaging young people and their families. The individual will be able to work independently but also work well in a team.

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

Job Share(s) Considered

please note that this role may not be eligible for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route, please refer to the Direct Gov website for more information with regards to eligibility

Main duties of the job

The pathway has five functions which you will have the opportunity to train and gain experience in all areas:

Crisis Liaison

To respond to CYP presenting in mental health crisis at the local general hospital using a psychiatric liaison model to facilitate safe and timely discharge.

Crisis Community

To respond to CYP who present in crisis within the community that have been referred in. Clinicians will complete a psychosocial assessment, risk management and signpost.

Home Treatment

The team offer CYP an intense community approach to avoid hospital admission and provides step down support when discharged from a mental health inpatient unit.


CYP who have experienced multiple and complex trauma which is impacting on their mental health. Clinicians will further assess need with the aim to get the CYP therapy ready as well as liaising with their professional network.

First Response Service

CAMHS FRS cover the hours of 08:00-20:00 on a rota basis which triages mental health crisis calls and referrals.

You will be well supported, with continuing opportunities for professional development, support from your line manager and the rest of this dedicated team. We have access to several relevant and excellent training programmes which include AMBIT, Solution Focus, Motivational Interviewing, DBT and other tools appropriate for this role.

You will be offered a robust staff induction period where you will be supported to build on your knowledge and skills.

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

To improve children and young peoples mental health 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 responsive to the needs and views of local children, young people and their families.

To provide clinical input to the team, delivering practice within best evidence and to the highest possible standard. The post will rotate across teams within the CAMHS service.

For non-medical prescribers the role will involve the use of an evidence-based approach to assess and make an informed prescribing decision for a defined caseload of children and young people. This 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 post holder will be responsible for engaging and demonstrating ongoing CPD in relation to prescribing practice, and to support other clinicians undergoing the training.

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

The post holder will demonstrate effective skills in the assessment and reassessment of risk and complex behaviour issues 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 post holder will make an autonomous decision about the treatment, 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.

To work with children/young people/families 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 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 post holder 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 roles may involve work with families at their homes, education, and community settings and at base as appropriate/required by children/young people and their families.

The post holder 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 post holder will contribute to the CAMHS Duty Rota which operates daily.

All CAMHS clinicians are expected to promote the mental health and emotional well-being of children and young people

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

The post holder will develop excellent and effective communication skills, applicable to working both with young people, 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.

Maintain good activity records and provide them in a timely manner for inputting onto the electronic system.

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

The Post holder is responsible for attending clinical supervision a minimum requirement of an hour per month.

The post holder will need to organize their own workload under the support and supervision of Clinical Team Manager

Maintain health records to the standards required by LSW.

Contribute to a strong team ethos of enquiry, development, and improvement.

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

Participate in team meetings, for example allocation, supervision, reflective practice, case discussions.

The post holder will strongly adhere to anti-oppressive 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.

Keep up to date with CAMHS developments taking place nationally in line with service objectives.

To participate in audit and quality and patient safety activity in line with service objectives.

Input to the electronic system as appropriate e.g., child protection supervision coding.

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

To maintain high standards of infection prevention and control in day-to-day delivery of practice.

To measure and make available clinical outcome measures within an agreed system.

Please refer to the relevant job description which is attached to this job application/ vacancy for further information.

Person Specification



  • Experience (both work and life related)
  • Experience of working in a multi-agency and/or multi-disciplinary context.
  • Experience of post-registration working with children and young people who have experienced mental health and psychological well-being difficulties.
  • Experience in assessment, inc risk, care planning, intervention, and evaluation.
  • Maintaining own safety in Community settings by working within relevant policy and having completed or be willing to complete breakaway training or equivalent.
  • Experience of effective working with families of different cultural backgrounds.
  • Experience of working within multi-agency safeguarding systems e.g., child protection conferences, child in need meetings
  • Experience of managing demanding and difficult professionals/young people/colleagues
  • Experience of managing your own caseload and of working with a team approach


  • Experience of service evaluation



  • Ability to travel across Plymouth
  • Ability to work flexibly (hours of work and duties) both as an individual and with other colleagues in LSW and with partner agencies.
  • Able to undertake the demands of the post with reasonable adjustments where required.


  • Car owner/driver or suitable alternative transport to enable you to undertake the job. It is unlikely that public transport will meet this requirement.
  • Adjustments can be considered in accordance with the Disability Discrimination Act.



  • Mental Health and Risk assessment, care planning, evaluation and intervention skills
  • Well established case management skills and good organizational skills with ability to prioritize
  • Well developed communication skills both oral and written
  • Commitment to anti-oppressive practice
  • Ability to work in partnership and in collaboration with others, both in and out of own agency/professional background.
  • Commitment to own learning and professional development.
  • Reflective Practitioner



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