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Mental Health Practitioner

Livewell Southwest CIC
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro-rata
Closing date
6 Oct 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
32 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.

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

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

Person Specification



  • Core qualification in any Mental health modality such as Nursing / CPN/ Social Work / Psychology
  • Appropriate Registration relevant to professional qualification
  • Post graduate training qualification in methods of working with children with mental health problems, e.g., counselling, systemic practice or post grad diploma in child and adolescent mental health



  • 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 professionals within the care system.
  • Experience of post-registration working with children and young people who have experienced mental health 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 service evaluation.



  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and documents pertaining
  • to children, e.g., Children Act 2004, Child Protection, National Service Framework, Every Child Matters etc. Learning Disability specific legislation and documents, Aiming High for Disabled Children, Valuing People, Mansell report, Mental Capacity Act.
  • Knowledge of a range of mental health problems and disorders affecting children and young people who are in care.
  • Knowledge of theories of child development and their application to practice.
  • An understanding of resilience and vulnerability



  • 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



  • Ability to travel across Plymouth
  • Ability to work flexibly (hours of work and duties) both as an individual and with other colleagues in Livewell Southwest 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.

Employer details

Employer name

Livewell Southwest


200 Mount Gould Road

Mount Gould




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