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Mental Health Practitioner

Livewell Southwest CIC
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa, pro-rata
Closing date
5 Jun 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
37.5 hours per week

Band 6

Are you looking for a new challenge and rewarding career in Children and Young peoples Mental Health Services within an evolving team? CAMHS Crisis and Home Treatment Pathway are looking for resilient, innovative, and motivated individuals who are passionate about improving the lives and mental health of our young people.

Our pathway provides crisis support and intensive home treatment to young people who are experiencing mental health crisis and emotional distress. The service can be fast paced, and the ideal applicant will be extremely organised and self-motivated to provide high quality assessment and formulation for the young people within the service. We provide evidence-based assessments and interventions for young people keeping with the principles of the iTHRIVE model. The team provide a creative, trauma informed and pro-active approach in engaging young people and their families. The individual will be able to work independently but also work well in a team.

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

Main duties of the job

The pathway has five functions which you will have the opportunity to train and gain experience in all areas:

Crisis Liaison

To respond to CYP presenting in mental health crisis at the local general hospital using a psychiatric liaison model to facilitate safe and timely discharge.

Crisis Community

To respond to CYP who present in crisis within the community that have been referred in. Clinicians will complete a psychosocial assessment, risk management and signpost.

Home Treatment

The team offer CYP an intense community approach to avoid hospital admission and provides step down support when discharged from a mental health inpatient unit.


CYP who have experienced multiple and complex trauma which is impacting on their mental health. Clinicians will further assess need with the aim to get the CYP therapy ready as well as liaising with their professional network.

You will be well supported, with continuing opportunities for professional development, support from your line manager and the rest of this dedicated team. We have access to several relevant and excellent training programmes which include AMBIT, Solution Focus, Motivational Interviewing, DBT and other tools appropriate for this role.

You will be offered a robust staff induction period where you will be supported to build on your knowledge and skills.

Please refer to the relevant job description which is attached to this job application/ vacancy for further information.

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 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 are responsive to the needs and views of local children, young people, and their families.


To support the delivery of consultation, liaison, and training to staff in Universal/targeted/specialist Services. To also provide clinical input to the team, delivering practice within best evidence and to the highest possible standard. The post sits within a multi-agency locality-based team within the city offering mental health assessment and treatment interventions in line with NICE Guidelines.


To contribute to a positive working environment and open learning culture, which supports high morale and commitment within the Community Mental Health Team promoting wellbeing, personal development, and continuous improvement in the standards of business activities and professional practice.


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 Mental Health Practitioners (MHP) will be supported to develop the ability to provide specialist and autonomous, culturally competent mental health assessment, formulation of and implementation of specific care plans and review for children and young people and their families/carers following a request for involvement. The MHP will have skills that enable them to communicate that assessment in writing to the referrer and the General Practitioner. This information may also be required to be copied to any other relevant parties involved in the young persons care, with the young persons permission where appropriate.


All Mental Health Practitioners (MHP) must use an evidence-based approach to develop and implement a specialist program of intervention to a defined caseload of children and young people. These interventions 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 MHP will need to develop their skills and knowledge enabling them to draw on a range of therapeutic interventions, for example different psychotherapeutic models, non- verbal therapeutic approaches and other techniques adapted for use with children and young people. They will also need to develop an extensive knowledge of the full range of children and family services across all agencies.


Direct intervention by the MHP is undertaken according to the competencies of individuals. As a Band 6 clinician the expectation will be that the clinician takes a lead role in the delivery of the service and supervise the junior members of the team. It will be evidence based and informed by a clear theoretical framework. The MHP will describe the planned care within a written care plan, review, and update, which has been signed by the child/young person and/or parent/carer.


The MHP will develop the skills and knowledge enabling to choose an intervention and deliver that from a range of therapeutic modalities including systemic practice, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy.


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 MHP will demonstrate effective skills in the assessment and reassessment of risk 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 MHP will develop skills and knowledge enabling them to make an autonomous decision about the 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.


The MHP 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.


The MHP will provide schools, and/or other community venues, with access to individual and small group therapeutic interventions for those pupils who require it, including working with families.


All MHPs work with families at their homes, education, and community settings and at base as appropriate/required by children/young people and their families.


The MHP 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 MHP will provide consultation to staff in partner agencies and may be required to support junior staff in attendance at meetings/ EHAT/CP meetings.

Consultation is offered to all professionals to identify the nature and level of the childs mental health need so that an appropriate CAMHS response can be defined and actioned.


Offer consultation and support to CAMHS wider system


All MHPs promote the mental health and emotional well-being of children and young people


The MHP will play a major 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 MHP will be required to have 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.


The post holder will be required to contribute to the delivery of education and training to professionals in multi-agency universal services.


Contribute to team


Contribute to the development of team protocols and clinical practice, proposing changes for discussion. Maintain good activity records and input them onto the electronic recording system in a timely manner.


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 organize their own workload under the support and supervision of Clinical Team Manager


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 LWSW 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. This is most likely to be the CAMHS Outcomes Research Consortium.

Person Specification



  • 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.
  • An understanding of resilience and vulnerability
  • Knowledge of different models of therapy, e.g., Applied Behavior Analysis and at least one other therapeutic modality e.g., CBT, Psychodynamic psychotherapy, solution focussed therapy etc.



  • Experience (both work and life related)
  • Experience of working in a multi-agency and/or multi-disciplinary context.
  • Experience of working with the care systems both directly with Children and young people and professionals within the care system.
  • Experience of post-registration working with children and young people who have experienced mental health difficulties.
  • Experience in assessment, inc risk, care planning, intervention, and evaluation.
  • Maintaining own safety in Community settings by working within re
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