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Community Mental Health Nurse

Livewell Southwest CIC
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
22 May 2024
37.5 hours per week. The complex needs team are looking to recruit a senior mental health Practitioner to join their expanding team. This is an opportunity to become part of a developing service, working with people who experience co-existing mental health and substance use. The complex needs team is a multidisciplinary team, made up of Mental health nurse, social workers, doctors, support workers and senior drug workers, working across the Plymouth Alliance in a number of settings such as homeless hostels, VCSE partners and clients homes.

The post holder will carry a small caseload of clients supporting to access services such as detox, rehabilitation, and working with clients to deliver harm reduction work, Motivational interviewing work and goal setting. The team has regular group supervision, adn CPD with regualr access to in house training.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will Carry a caseload of clients with co-existing mental health and substance misuse issues.

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

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

The post holder will attend and lead community drop in clinics in the homeless provisions across the city.

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. 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

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

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 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 behaviors 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.

See attached JD for further information

Person Specification



  • Registration with NMC for RMN/ LD Nurse.
  • Occupational Therapy Degree HCPC Registration.
  • Social Work Degree HCPC Registration
  • Post Graduate Specialist Knowledge and/or experience in Community Mental Health setting


  • Recovery
  • CBT
  • Solution Focus Therapy
  • Management/coaching qualification.
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • On-going mandatory training
  • Supervisor and or assessor training in line with the University of Plymouth or willingness to complete this training.



  • 3-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 fulfill 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



  • Demonstrate evidence based practice
  • CMHF
  • record keeping
  • NICE guidelines
  • Demonstrate a commitment to professional development and be an able educator
  • Awareness of substance misuse services and impact on service users and carers.
  • Evidence of life-long learning (academically and Professionally)


  • Competent and knowledgeable in regards to Livewell Policies relevant to the role.
  • IT knowledge/skills
  • Knowledge of National and local strategies, and developments in mental health services.
  • Able to draw upon a range of skills to support and deliver change within a MDT.



  • 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
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Supervisory skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Risk assessment and management skills
  • Calm and adaptable
  • Ability to work flexibly
  • 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 and dynamically to support the Manager in developing a healthy team culture, and driving forward team improvements and change at all times.


  • Specialist clinical skills i.e. CBT training, Psycho-social interventions
  • Staff appraisal skills
  • Knowledge and skills in medication management relevant to the post.

Employer details

Employer name

Livewell Southwest


Harbour Centre (plymouth) Ltd

Mutley Plain



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