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Modern Matron CAMHS & Acute Care Pathway

Livewell Southwest CIC
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pa, pro-rata
Closing date
21 May 2024
Livewell Southwest are seeking to recruit a Modern Matron with responsibility for CAMHS inpatient care at Plym Bridge House (PBH) and the Acute Care Pathway (PCAP).

PBH is a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit that includes a Child and Young Peoples Place of Safety.The unit cares for young people aged 12-17 who require care in an GAU setting. The Acute Care Pathway covers crisis assessment in the acute hospital, EIP Service, iTASC provision, Home Treatment Team and Crisis Community Assessment and supports the management of risk and support of young people and families in their own home.

We welcome experienced applicants to lead the development of these services, by embedding our philosophy of care, ensuring care is delivered to the highest standard. This is an opportunity to provide credible and visible clinical leadership, focusing on enhancing the quality of care and refining a culture of least restrictive, recovery focused outcomes. Engagement and participation of young people in service development is a key component of this post.

The post holder must possess first level registration with the NMC, a nursing qualification with a minimum of two years experience at clinical/manager (Band 7) or equivalent position. You will also have a thorough understanding of the challenges and rewards of supporting young people in mental health distress.

Main duties of the job

The Modern Matron provides professional leadership to the CAMHS Tier 4 in-patient unit , Childrens Young People's Place of Safety and the Acute Care Pathway that sit within the Children, Young People and Families Service.

The post holder provides line management and support to the unit/ward/team managers as appropriate with the support of the Directorate Manager.

Demonstrate a sound knowledge and provide a clear vision to the strategic direction of identified clinical services. Ensuring excellence in service delivery and clinical governance in conjunction with other nursing, allied health professionals and medical leaders.

Work with South West Provider Collaborative Case Managers, Contract leads and quality leads to ensure the care delivered is in line with the Tier 4 specification and the access and referrals process.

Provide leadership to the Acute Care Pathway to ensure it works collaboratively with the referral and admission and discharge process to and from Tier 4 inpatient facilities and strives to provide care in the home to prevent admission wherever possible.

Lead the development of services by cultivating and communicating a philosophy of care to ensure delivery is based on best practice/evidenced based and higher standards. The post holder is also accountable for the provision of high quality care, making the best use of the resources available.

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

Professional / Clinical Care

1. Responsible for the day to day management of staff groups, liaising with appropriate managers and facilitating Unit and relevant Team Managers and their deputies in dealing with issues such as staffing and operational issues.

2. Ensure appropriate delegation of and participation in out-of-hours rota / on-call rota where appropriate.

3. Provide expert clinical leadership and support to ward/unit/Team managers and nurses acting as a role model in provision of clear direction for nursing and practice development.

4. To support and ensure the implementation of clinical supervision for staff within areas of responsibility.

5. Where standards for facilities services are not met, take corrective action as appropriate.

6. Provide line management to delegated personnel within the service structure.

7. Provide nursing and managerial knowledge and experience to any member of the multi-disciplinary team in relation to patient care, ensuring a visible presence is maintained in all clinical areas, endeavouring to spend at least 60% of work time in a clinical environment.

8. The role includes a balance of clinical and managerial responsibilities which may vary according to need and to be agreed by the Deputy Head of Service.

9. Provide clinical supervision and support to nursing and other professional colleagues.

10. Lead on specific aspects of nursing and service development in agreement with the Head/Deputy of CYPFS

11. Set, agree and monitor standards for clinical practice and patient care and ensure teams have the right skills to deliver a high quality service.

12. Develop opportunities to enhance service user involvement and carers.

The full Job description is attached.

Person Specification



  • Educated at Degree/Masters level or equivalent senior level experience
  • Current NMC registration in a field that would give significant exposure to children and young people who require mental health support.
  • Evidence of recent continuing personal learning / professional development


  • RMN or RN Child



  • Knowledge of current NHS policies / processes and structures especially relating to acute inpatient care
  • Detailed knowledge of CPA and standards of record keeping
  • Ability to prioritise own workload
  • Ability to work on own initiative and also as an effective team member
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • Good numerical skills
  • Excellent facilitation and arbitration skills
  • Computer literate
  • To be a key figure in the development of Services
  • Awareness of key issues in care and how they impact on service development


  • Awareness of leadership styles and models of care which have an evidence base for high quality care



  • Experience of implementing change within a team.
  • Experience of leading a team
  • Significant (at least 2 years) experience at Team leader (B7) role in acute setting or similar setting.
  • Presentation skills
  • Post Holder is able to demonstrate outcomes achieved following implementation of service development


  • Experience of working with recovery focused models of care, which are based on least restrictive principles.
  • Experience of working in the CAMHS acute pathway



  • Genuine passion for developing service user focused services
  • Ability to travel across Plymouth
  • Experience of working with care pathways
  • Experience of data collection, analysis, and synthesis
  • Experience of using Microsoft Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and electronic mail
  • Effective people management skills with ability to inspire, create positive relationships and provide support to all team members


  • Current driving licence
  • Experience in project work / management
  • Experience of investigatory processes and service wide development work including CQUIN implementation
  • Ability to analyse data and information to recognise patterns/themes and formulate action plans

Employer details

Employer name

Livewell Southwest


Live Well South West

4 William Prance Road



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