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Mental Health Practitioner Non-Medical Prescriber Trainee

Livewell Southwest CIC
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced mental health nurse to not only join the CAMHS Neurodiversity Team but also to train and become a Non Medical Prescriber. Following completion and registration of the Non-Medical Prescribing qualification you will become a substantive band 7 within the team providing a key role in the assessment, treatment and interventions for the neurodiverse young people of Plymouth.

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

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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

  • Attend university course to become a registered Non-Medical Prescriber
  • Holistic assessments of children and young people considering both their mental health and possible neurodiversity.
  • Offer treatment options
  • Review of mental health and management of any subsequent difficulties
  • Advise and consultation with families and other professionals using your specilist knowledge

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 Responsibilities of the Post.

A. Service Delivery


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 deliver independent prescribing to Children and Young People, who need pharmacological intervention and review. To also provide clinical input to the team, delivering practice within best evidence and to the highest possible standard. The post sits within the CAMHs Service delivering assessment and treatment interventions in line with NICE Guidelines.


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 CAMHS Service 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 behavior 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 role 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 EHAT 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 organise their own workload under the support and supervision of Clinical Pathway Manager and Non- Medical Prescribing Lead


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.

B. Management of Resources


Make best use of time in arranging working pattern efficiently


Make good use of resources and facilities


Safe operation of PowerPoint equipment including use in practice and storage.
C. Workforce and managing people

Participate in the training of other colleagues and students in areas of own expertise


Participate in the promotion of the team by participating in training and information giving events.

D. Corporate and Other Responsibilities


To undertake other duties in a corporate role as may be reasonably expected in accordance with the grade of the post and in line with other Senior Practitioners to ensure the attainment of team and service objectives.


To attend continued professional development meeting facilitated by the Senior Clinical Team on a monthly basis.


To ensure that all duties within the role are delivered in accordance with Livewell policy and procedure and professional registration practice.


This job description is indicative of the range of responsibilities of the post holder. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of duties and will be subject to review.

Person Specification



  • Band 6 - Knowledge of Neurodevelopmental Conditions.
  • Knowledge of learning disability.
  • Knowledge of child development.
  • An understanding of childrens mental health and wellbeing.
  • Multidisciplinary working.
  • Assessment Skills.
  • Communications Skills.
  • Teamwork Skills.
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Supervision of Junior Staff
  • Band 7 - Experience of at least 5-years working in CAMHS or suitable service which includes all of the following -
  • Clinical mental health assessment and formulation.
  • Experience of working with children / YP that are prescribed medication and being responsible for the initiation and follow up of medication
  • Assessment and management of risk.
  • A range of therapeutic interventions relating to mental health and behaviour.
  • Culturally competent practice with people from a range of diverse backgrounds.
  • Consultation to professionals and non-professionals.
  • Experience of working with clients across the whole age range in a wide variety of settings and circumstances
  • Experience of maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems circumstances.
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision.


  • Band 6 - Knowledge of trauma.
  • Knowledge of attachment related issues.
  • Band 7 - Experience of providing training within multi-agency settings.
  • Expertise in particular mental health needs of children with neuro developmental conditions
  • Experience in working with families
  • Experience of working with Childrens Social Services colleagues



  • Band 6 -Registered Mental Health Nurse / Learning Disability / Paediatric Nurse / General Nurse.
  • At least 3 years clinical experience.
  • Band 7 - Qualified to graduate level.
  • Educated to Masters level or can show equivalent experience, specialist courses or specialist knowledge in a relevant field
  • Registration with appropriate professional body.
  • Non-medical Prescribing Qualification


  • Band 6
  • Experience working in Child and Adolescent services.
  • Knowledge of the medications used within child and adolescent services.
  • Knowledge and experience of working with neurodiverse young people.
  • Band 7
  • Post-graduate training in treatment approaches relevant to CAMHS
  • Post-graduate training in a specific treatment modality



  • Band 6 - Knowledge of Neurodevelopmental Conditions
  • Knowledge of learning disability
  • Knowledge of child development
  • Knowledge of trauma
  • Knowledge of attachment related issues


  • Band 6 - Networking with other agencies
  • Ethical issues in relation to Mental Health
  • System 1 trained
  • Knowledge of positive behaviour support

Knowledge and skills


  • Band 7 - Demonstrate cultural competence in practice
  • Demonstrate a good understanding about the policy and practice of safeguarding children and young people.
  • Capacity to be reflective and adapt therapeutic practice accordingly.
  • Competent and confident in managing distressing situations or the care of young people who are at risk of harm.
  • Is enthusiastic and empathic.
  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills including being able to write comprehensive, clear reports..
  • Excellent interpersonal skills being able to work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Resilient and able to manage a degree of stress and uncertainty.
  • Maintains continuous professional development
  • Demonstrates an ability to manage own time and work independently.
  • Demonstrate an ability to work effectively as part of the multi-disci
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