Community Mental Health Nurse

Livewell Southwest CIC
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa, pro-rata
Closing date
10 Dec 2023
37.5 hours per week. We are seeking to recruit an experienced Community Mental Health Nurse (CMHN) to work as part of the new multi-disciplinary Core Community Mental Health Service delivering specialist mental health interventions.

You will be joining the Community Mental Health Services at an exciting time influencing how Community Mental Health Care will be delivered and leading local services in providing outstanding care in the community for Service Users.

As a Community Mental Health Nurse you will have the opportunity to provide a range of evidence based, recovery focussed interventions on both an individual and group basis to service users and their carers. Additionally you will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with and provide consultation to the wider support networks.

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

You will, as part of a Multi Disciplinary Team in accordance with Livewell policies, work collaboratively with service users with a significant degree of mental health complexity, their carers and other agencies, enabling them to access mental health specialist support when required in line with Recovery and Trauma Informed Principles.

You will manage a defined caseload, working closely with other statutory and non statutory agencies to provide specialist mental health assessment and evidenced based treatments (both individual and group work based) for people with severe and enduring mental health difficulties and complex presentations through. You will deliver care in line with agreed principles and policies, (currently CPA).

You will act as shift lead on a rota basis, coordinating the service delivery, prioritising workload and providing clinical advice to junior staff.

You will also be able to offer consultation to other services and contribute to multi agency forum, you will contribute to the training of others.

You will participate in, and chair, Risk Management and Professionals meetings.

You will have access to support and supervision from an experienced multi- disciplinary team.

You will contribute to the development of training programmes for junior staff and the local induction programme and mentor students.

You will lead on investigations for complaints, SIRI s and grievances.

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

Key Tasks and Responsibilities of the Post

The post holder will act as a Care-Co-ordinator for a defined group of patients and organise care in accordance with the Care Programme Approach.

Provision of caseload supervision for Band 5 mental health practitioners and line management.

To contribute to professional development, appraisal, performance review and recruitment.

Be responsible for the management of caseloads. Carry out reviews of caseloads and support the process of recovery.

The post-holder will take part in the clinical audit of the CMHS. This will include annual CPA and Health Records audits.

The post holder will ensure that their clinical practice is based on evidence and good practice and in accordance with any NICE guidance.

The post holder will be individually accountable for their practice in accordance with the NMC or HPC professional code of conduct.

To promote positive risk to allow clients independence and autonomy of choice.

To liaise with other community resources and facilitate use of mainstream resources.

To maintain a caseload of clients with a significant degree of mental health complexity.

To participate in the shift lead and provide appropriate supervision.

Practice within the legal and ethical framework set out by mental health related legislation to ensure that service users interests and well-being are at the fore.

Liaise, advise, develop and maintain good relationships with service users, carers, relatives and fellow health, social care professionals who are involved in the delivery of services.

Engage in support and care plans for those who have complex needs, high risk behaviours and risk assess and manage these effectively with the MDT.

Work collaboratively with adult social care to identify and implement any adult social care needs.

Participate in all activities aimed at keeping professional skills updated and contribute to dissemination of that knowledge and experience to all staff and students within your area of responsibility.

Act upon referrals from secondary mental health services, other primary care workers consultants and other statutory bodies by providing triage, assessment, implementation and development of programs of care to individuals, groups and families, who are difficult to engage in mental health services.

Implement and participate in the formulation of all policy and procedures within the area of responsibility in consultation with relevant others.

Plan, with teaching establishments, a realistic learning experience for students and for postgraduate students and be responsible for the quality of the programme.

Participate in and support training programmes designed for all staff groups.

Monitor standards of practice within the team, ensuring areas of deficit are addressed through audit.

Co-ordinate the collation of evidence within the team in support of standards for better health improving quality.

Independently assess, implement and develop programmes of care.

Prioritise and re-assign team workload and develop caseload management system.

Assist the Team Manager in the Investigation of complaints made regarding the service.

Identify staff training needs.

Make judgements in regard to the quality of the service.

Actively support the team through change in organization and service delivery

Person Specification



  • 2-years post-registration mental health experience
  • Relevant experience of working with adults with a history of severe and enduring mental illness.
  • Minimum 12-months experience in community mental health setting or clear evidence of how candidate is able to fulfil the functions of a community mental health practitioner.


  • Care co-ordination experience.
  • Case load management.
  • Experience at a senior level which includes managerial experience, staff supervision and operational issues.



  • RMN/Dip HE - NMC Registration
  • Post Graduate Specialist Knowledge and or experience in Community Mental Health setting


  • 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.

Skills and Knowledge


  • Demonstrate evidence based practice.
  • CPA and record keeping.
  • NSF & MHA and NICE guidelines.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to professional development and be an able educator.
  • Skilled and experienced clinician, particularly in assessment management of risk and crisis intervention.
  • Good communication skills (verbal and written skills).
  • Empathic outlook on health care delivery which respects clients dignity and human rights.
  • Supervisory and Leadership skills.
  • Negotiation skills.
  • Risk assessment and management skills.
  • Calm and adaptable.
  • 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.
  • Ability to work flexibly to support the Manager in developing a healthy team culture, and driving forward team improvements and change at all times.


  • Knowledge of National and local strategies, and developments in mental health services.
  • IT knowledge/skills.
  • Specialist clinical skills i.e. CBT training, Psycho-social interventions.
  • Staff appraisal skills.
  • Understanding of Continuing Health Care.
  • Knowledge and skills in medication management relevant to the post.

Employer details

Employer name

Livewell Southwest


Avon House

Mount Gould Road



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