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CAMHS Neurodiversity Mental Health Practitioner

Livewell Southwest CIC
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa, pro-rata
Closing date
22 May 2024
37.5 hours per week. This is an exciting time to come and join the CAMHS Neurodiversity team. As we continued to grow, offering an number of service developments across the team to enable a varied and person centred approach to the young persons care. You will be actively involved in assessing and clinically leading on care delivery with the added attraction of an MDT around you and the young person. You will be responsible for supporting the emotional, psychological and social wellbeing of children and young people who have or are suspected of having a Neuro developmental Disorder ( ADHD, Learning disability, Autism, Tics or Tourettes).The CAMHS service offers a wide range of specialist assessment and therapeutic intervention, enabling your own professional development to grow, as you have the opportunity to work across the service joining the multi-professional teams in meeting the complex needs of the young people and supporting the families and carers. This role also offers the opportunity to expand your leadership and management skills and experience building on future career opportunities.

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

The post holder will provide a holistic assessment for children and young people, which will involve close liaison with the multi-agency network including schools and social care.The post holder will join a Multi-disciplinary Team and will work closely with other teams within the CAMHS service. They will hold a case load of complex need relating to the young persons neurodiversity or ongoing neurodiversity assessment and has co-morbidity of mental health needs. They will assess and risk manage cases and provided clinical lead to non-registered staff for delegated tasks.The post holder will provide specialist clinical practice into the team for children and young people with neuro-developmental disorders, delivering intervention within best evidence and to the highest possible standard.

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

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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

1.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.

2.To provide clinical input to the team, delivering practice within best evidence and to the highest possible standard. The post sits within the neurodiversity pathway within CAMHS based within the city offering mental health and neuro-developmental assessment and treatment interventions in line with NICE Guidelines. This can include individual work, group work and consultation.

3.The post holder will demonstrate effective skills in the assessment and reassessment of risk and complex behaviour 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. This will also include completing recognised assessments as part of the team to provide evidence for potential diagnosis when appropriate.

4.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.

5.The post holder will contribute to the CAMHS Duty Rota which operates on a daily basis.

6.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 CAF meetings, child protection case conferences, education reviews etc, to provide a mental health perspective.

7.Be available for and make use of clinical supervision, child protection supervision and operational line management supervision.

8.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.

9.All CAMHS clinicians are expected to promote the mental health and emotional well-being of children and young people

Person Specification



  • Well established case management skills and good organisational skills with ability to prioritise
  • Well-developed communication skills both oral and written
  • Competent assessment and intervention skills



  • Degree in Health or Social Care
  • Current Professional registration.
  • Evidence of continued professional development relevant to this field of care.


  • Post graduate training in relevant topics eg: relating to mental health, trauma, child development, learning disability, neurodiversity diagnosis.



  • 1. Experience in assessment, including risk, care planning, intervention and evaluation.
  • 2. Experience of working within multi-agency safeguarding systems e.g. child protection conferences, child in need meetings.
  • 3. Experience of providing supervision / assessing and mentoring.
  • 4. Experience of post-registration working with people who have experienced mental health difficulties.


  • 1. Experience in the delivery of training.
  • 2. Experience of service evaluation.
  • 3. Experience of models of mental health therapy.
  • 4. Experience of using total communication techniques in aiding a persons ability to communicate effectively.



  • Ability to travel across Plymouth
  • Ability to work flexibly (hours of work and duties) both as an individual and with other colleagues in LWSW and with partner agencies.
  • Adjustments can be considered in accordance with the Disability
  • Discrimination Act.



  • 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.


  • Knowledge of different models of therapy,
  • e.g. Applied Behaviour Analysis, CBT,
  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy, solution
  • focussed therapy etc

Employer details

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Livewell Southwest


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