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Lead Practice Nurse

Livewell Southwest CIC
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa, pro-rata
Closing date
27 May 2024

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Nurse, General practice nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
37.5 hours per week (minimum 30 hours negotiable).

The role is a suitable opportunity for an experienced Band 6 practitioner with experience of working with people experiencing severe and enduring mental health problems wanting to develop professionally. It will offer a 12 week programme of on the job one to one support and coaching for 1 day each week.

Innovation and creativity are central to the transformation of Livewell's Community Mental Health Services through the continued implementation of the Community Mental Health Framework Model. We are working collaboratively with Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Organisations (VCSE), integrating new roles such as Peer Support Workers, Mental Health and Wellbeing Practitioners and Clinical Assosciate Psychologists into the teams and adopting new ways of working in order to provide outstanding specialist mental health assessment and evidenced based intervention for people with severe and enduring mental health difficulties and complex emotional needs.

The Practice Lead will join an estalished Multi-Disciplinary Team at an exciting time. The team benefits from a strong Senior Leadership structure with dedicated Team Management, Psychology, Medical, NMP and Business Management support who work closely together to provide high quality trauma informed care, achieve the services key performance indicators, create a positive learning environment for all and maintain a culture of psychological safety.

Main duties of the job

This is a varied role as Practice Lead, you will also have the opportunity to provide specialist clinical input, as well as offering supervision and consultation to others. You will also represent the team at a variety of clinical and operational and service development meetings and forums, and have the opportunity to participate in, and lead on aspects of service development. Some experience of service and project management, (or willingness to develop these skills), is desirable.

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

As an operational manager the post holder will be required to participate in the community operational managers on-call rota if requested to do so by the Chief Operating Officer.

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

Dimensions and Context of Role

The Community Mental Health Service is made up of specialist mental health professionals who proactively provide clinic, community based and home based interventions and therapies and recovery orientated support. The role of B7 Practice Lead has been developed as part of the evolving provision of the Community Mental Health Framework.

The Practice Lead role is designed to complement the Clinical Team manager role and contributes to the Senior Leadership Teams decision making forums across the Core Community Services to enhance the quality of service provision in all domains. The role has a particular focus on team/staff development in relation to outcomes for patients. The post holder will be expected to regularly contribute to the MDT support offered to the Primary Care Networks

The Practice Lead is responsible for:

Supporting the team to meet CQC standards, using the KLOE guidance to collate evidence and lead on the development and implementation of action plans to both maintain and improve standards of care.

Supporting the Community Mental Health Service to achieve their performance targets. The Practice Lead will be able to analyse and interpret data to ensure early identification of any potential performance issues and develop action plans to address these.

Contributing to the Senior Leadership Meetings promoting positive inter-disciplinary relationships and supporting the culture of psychological safety and positive continuous learning/development opportunities within the team

Ensuring that clinicians work within Livewell Southwest policies, and ensure that practice standards are high and the team adhere to professional registration requirements.

Providing clinical leadership and advice to staff ensuring the flow of service users through the system and promoting implementation of evidence based practice in line with NICE guidelines. This will involve both direct and indirect clinical work with staff and service users, including consultation, coaching, live supervision and caseload supervision. The post holder will manage a reduced complex clinical caseload.

The implementation of new initiatives across the service, leading the change management process, with consideration to the effective management and allocation of resources. This will include workforce planning, development of workforce competencies and training packages to support this as required.

Implementing the service audit plan: leading on audits and the development of action plans to ensure adherence to targets, to maintain effective safe practice and high quality care across the service.

Leading on investigations including complaints, SIRIS and HR investigations.

Representing the teams and organisation in multi agency forums and meetings as required.

If an NMP to act as an authorised signatories for the team in relation to FP10 security (security of prescriptions). To receive training and support (as deemed necessary) in accordance with this responsibility.

Deputising for the Senior Clinical Lead & Operational Manager when required

As an operational manager the post holder will be required to participate in the community operational managers on-call rota if requested to do so by the Chief Operating Officer.

****See attached Job Description for detailed Key Tasks and Responsibilities of the post.****

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse, Social Worker or Occupational Therapist (with a minimum of 3 years post qualifying experience in Secondary Mental Health, 18 months of which in a community setting)
  • Post graduate diploma / degree level study related to health/social care or equivalent worked experience relevant to the role


  • Teaching/Assessing course such as mentorship module or equivalent



  • At least 3 years-experience in a senior clinical role with experience of managing a team of staff
  • Multi-disciplinary team working
  • Evidence of transferable clinical, risk management and managerial skills at a senior level
  • Extensive Clinical experience in Mental Health care, crisis management and positive risk taking
  • Experience of implementing competencies and essential training for a team


  • To have experience at senior level of both acute and inpatient and community teams
  • To have worked within an acute inpatient setting
  • Previous deputy team manager experience
  • Budget management experience

Skills and Knowledge


  • Evidence of transferable Leadership and Operational Management skills
  • Skills in Managing Teams including management of HR processes, eg sickness and performance
  • Teaching, Coaching and supervision skills
  • Assessment, Risk Assessment & Care Planning
  • Crisis management skills
  • Change management skills
  • Motivation skills
  • Complex clinical decision making skills
  • Facilitation and influencing skills
  • Good time management and organisational skills
  • Demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Must have self-confidence to challenge traditional practice and the persistence to address difficult enduring issues
  • Competent IT skills and knowledge of databases
  • Evidence of ability to manage complex clinical situations within a defined caseload
  • Extensive professional knowledge acquired through clinical practice in a Community Mental Health setting
  • Knowledge of the impact of crisis on mental health difficulties
  • Evidence based practice
  • Relevant legislation and policies
  • Evidence of CPD and its application to practice
  • Understanding of the Community Mental Health Framework
  • Understand the Principles of Governance, particularly in relation to their Service area


  • Accomplished Chair Person for meetings.
  • Delivery of training sessions such as Turbo-teach
  • To be fully aware of and cascade current changes relating to Government Legislation (i.e. Transforming Community Services).

Employer details

Employer name

Livewell Southwest


Avon House

Mount Gould Hospital



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