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Staff Nurse

Livewell Southwest CIC
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pa, pro-rata
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

37.5 hours per week. Plym Bridge House is a Tier 4 Unit for Children & Young People who are experiencing mental health needs that admission to hospital. including PTSD, Autism, Psychosis, Depression, OCD, Anorexia and other non-specific eating disorders.

Plym Bridge House is a regionally respected team who engages in rewarding work with the young people in our care, and is also part of the South West Provider Collaborative whose aim is to improve the care pathways for young people and keep them closer to home.

We have an exciting opportunity for a skilled, compassionate and caring staff nurse to join our multi-disciplinary team at Plym Bridge House. You will have the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of the young people in our care and you will need to be committed to providing care of the highest quality to the young people we support.

Candidates will need to possess excellent communication skills and empathy as you will be working alongside other professionals, families and carers. The successful candidate will work in an established professional MDT team supporting the clinical team in the delivery of therapeutic programmes and plans of care.

We offer a positive and supportive environment to work in, with in-house bespoke training relating directly to CAMHS and inpatient care.

This role may not be eligible for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route.

Main duties of the job

To improve children and young peoples mental health through effective management of a CAMHS Tier 4 unit providing safe, 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 offer psychological/Mental Health nursing care and therapy (at a skill level appropriate to banding), to young people who are inpatients.

To do this as part of a coordinated team, under the guidance and leadership of the nurse with continuing responsibility for the treatment programme.

To act as a named nurse in the assessment, planning & provision of nursing care.

To contribute to the establishment of a positive working environment and open learning culture, which fosters high morale and commitment amongst all staff, and that promotes wellbeing, personal development and continuous improvement in the standards of business activities and professional practice.

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

Clinical Functions:

To provide mental health/psychosocial nursing care throughout the 24 hour day through the operation of an internal rotation shift system. This is to include potentially working every other weekend and two weeks of nights in every eight.

To participate in a multi-disciplinary/nursing care team that implements and maintains a therapeutic milieu.

To provide individual therapeutic counselling sessions for young people who are resident in the unit.

To act as a named nurse for young people who are inpatients.

To facilitate therapeutic group work within the unit.

To be trained in and actively participate in the management of violence and aggression via approved physical intervention techniques.

To be responsible under the guidance of the Clinical Team Leader for the provision of nursing care plans in collaboration with young people & parents/carers where appropriate.

To present information and material at case conferences and CPA/MDT reviews in a systematic way, and to ensure that care plans are changed to reflect the decisions taken.

To work with the families/carers/networks (Triangle of Care) of young people allocated to you.

To actively participate in line management supervision and appraisal process in accordance with the Organisational policy

To arrange & participate in regular group & individual Clinical supervision.

More experienced nurses to deliver line management, appraisals or clinical supervision to junior staff.

To maintain & contribute to standards of nursing care, policies & procedures.

To support the function of the Childrens and Young Persons Place of Safety (CYP POS) and offer clinical advice where required. To have knowledge of Section 135/136

Administrative Functions:

To maintain confidentiality in relation to all material, whether verbal, written or taped.

To prepare reports on nursing care on young people to whom they act as the named nurse at their initial & any following reviews.

To be aware of the mental health legislation and childrens legislation, as they may affect the young people under your care, e.g. Mental Health Act (1983) and the Children Act (1989).

To be aware of child protection policies and to see that they are implemented.

To use the electronic record system.

To be aware of Health and Safety policies and other Livewell Southwest policies applicable to the Unit.

To report any untoward occurrences to the Nurse-in-Charge in a timely way.

To be aware of, and assist in, implementing organisational & NMC policies and procedures:

Administration & Dispensing of Medicines


Data Protection

Control of Infection


Waste Disposal

Health and Safety at Work

Personal and Professional Development

To attend line management supervision and clinical supervision

To attend mandatory study days and training particular to the role as directed by line manager or clinical team leader.

To participate in regular group supervision and staff group.

Physical Effort

To have the ability to sit with young people and their families for extended periods of time, often within very pressurised circumstances and to sustain frequent, intense concentration.

Apply a high level of expertise to create a safe, calm and appropriate environment for young people in a highly emotive situation and be able to respond appropriately to this need.

To undertake physical intervention techniques, that requires occasional requirement to exert moderate physical effort for several long periods.

Utilise driving skills when transporting young people.

Regularly inputting information into patient notes and other records, linked to the young person you will be assigned to work alongside for the day.

To eat meals with young people at set times, and support the needs of a young person within the context of the Plym Bridge House eating disorder care pathway.

Knowledge of the use of the Plym Bridge Houses SAS alarm system.

Mental Effort

The workload (clinical and operational) will be highly unpredictable and interruptions often require immediate action from the post holder.

Supporting colleagues and families in managing difficult behaviour, verbal and physical aggression, and levels of suicidal risk in young people.

Emotional Effort

Frequent exposure to distressing or emotional circumstances examples include dealing with patient issues relating to child protection or risk to life. Participation in team processes and with staff issues, e.g. safety, risk management, service continuity.

There is a requirement for long periods of intense concentration whilst delivering clinical practice.

Working Conditions

Facilitate the reasonable needs of the young person, within a managed risk environment.

Regular exposure to unpleasant working conditions when dealing with aggrieved staff and patients.

Exposure to incidents of self harm and the ability to provided thoughtful support and care of young people.

Be able to work a full 24hr pattern of work, hours will include early shifts 07:30-15:30, late shifts 12:30-20:30, twilight duties 15:00-23:00 and waking night shifts 20:00-08:00. The needs of a 24 hour 7 day a week service will therefore incorporate working regular weekends. All duties will include a mandatory 30 minute break or longer if required dependant on the lengthy of the shift.

Person Specification



  • registered mental health nurse or paediatric nurse



  • Experience in wide range of settings
  • One year experience of nursing in an acute psychiatric setting whether with children, adolescents, or adults.
  • Experience working with children and young people

knowledge and skills


  • Communications Skills
  • Team Work Skills
  • Able to take charge
  • Requirement to train and participate in Physical Intervention training and team work
  • Administration Skills
  • Computer Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Dependable, reliable and flexible working ability
  • Responsible and self motivated


  • Good knowledge of Systmone
  • Group interaction skills
  • Research and audit skills
  • Ability to reflect constructively on practice
  • Mentorship or equivalent

Employer details

Employer name

Livewell Southwest


Live Well South West

4 William Prance Road



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