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Young Adult Mental Health Practitioner

Livewell Southwest
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa, pro-rata
Closing date
29 May 2024
22.5 hours per week

We are seeking to recruit an experienced Mental Health Practitioner (OT, SW or Mental Health/LD Nursing) to work as part of the new multi-disciplinary Core Community Mental Health Service delivering specialist mental health interventions.

You will be joining the Core Community Mental Health Service at an exciting time influencing how Community Mental Health Care will be delivered and leading local services in providing outstanding care in the community for Service Users. Focusing on the 16-25 population who are transitioning into adulthood and/or from CAMHS to AMHS.

As a Mental Health Practitioner, you will have the opportunity to provide a range of evidence based, recovery focussed interventions on both an individual and group basis to service users and their carers. Additionally you will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with and provide consultation to the wider support networks.

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 role involves working alongside young adults aged 16-25 to access mental health support that require a transitional period from child to adult services. The role will involve working directly with the young adult, their family and professionals to develop person-centred transition plans and ensuring mental health support is available. The role will include supporting the person with uncertainty surrounding transition and accessing appropriate pathways, working with complexity around multiple service involvement around both physical and mental health and wellbeing.

You will also be able to offer consultation to other services and contribute to multi agency forum, you will contribute to the training of others.

You will participate in, and chair, Risk Management and Professionals meetings.

You will have access to support and supervision from an experienced multi- disciplinary team.

You will contribute to the development of training programmes for junior staff and the local induction programme and mentor students.

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

Key Responsibilities of the Post

To improve the mental health of the 16-25 age group through the delivery of an integrated and coordinated system of community based mental health care to young adults 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 young adults and their families.

To support the delivery of consultation, liaison, and training to staff in targeted services including the VCSE. To also provide clinical input to the team, delivering practice that is evidence based to the highest standard.

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

To work alongside young adults/families/carers and professionals working with them, to reduce the stigma associated with mental health.

The post holder 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 young adults and their families/carers following a request for involvement. The post holder 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 adults care, with their permission where appropriate.

The post holder will need to demonstrate an awareness of interventions that are evidenced based and appropriate for the development needs of the individual. Interventions will need to consider ethnicity, religious and gender requirements and reasonable adjustments when delivering care.

Direct intervention by the post holder is undertaken according to the competencies of individuals. A Band 6 clinician is expected to lead and support junior staff with professional development. The post holder will utilise the PROMS alongside the young adult to develop a personalised plan of care that will be frequently reviewed with the use of outcome measures.

The post holder 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 post holder will demonstrate effective skills in the assessment and reassessment of risk and communicate concerns accurately in a timely fashion.

The post holder will develop skills and knowledge enabling them to make an autonomous decision about the time of discharge in collaboration with the young adult and those involved in their care.

The posy holder is required to maintain high standards in the recording of clinical observations and actions, risk and risk management including child protection in health records.

The post holder will work alongside schools/colleges and universities to consider the needs of those that are transitioning into adulthood.

The post holder will work with families at their homes, education and community settings and at base as appropriate/required by the young adult and their families.

The post holder will strongly adhere to culturally competent and anti-discriminatory practice, promote equity of opportunity for young adults that are transitioning.

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

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

Offer consultation and support to CAMHS and CORE services.

The post holder will promote the mental health and emotional well-being of all young adults and those within their service

The post holder will play a major role in encouraging and co-coordinating collaboration between all services working around the young adult.

The post holder will be required to have excellent and effective communication skills, applicable to working both with young adults, their families and professional systems.

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

Contribute to pathway development between CAMHS and AMHS and providers.

Contribute to the development of pathway protocols and clinical practice, and service development.

Clear documentation and record keeping is required by the post holder.

The post holder will be expected to be available for and make use of clinical supervision, child protection supervision and operational line management.

The post holder is responsible for attending clinical supervision a minimum requirement of an hour per month.

The post holder will need to organise their own workload under the support and supervision of their line 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 and formulation meetings.

The post holder will strongly adhere to anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory practice, promote equity of opportunity for all.

Keep up to date with 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 operate within LWSW policy and procedures e.g. lone working policy.

To maintain high standards of infection prevention and control in everyday practice.

To embed the use of outcome measures in care planning in line with the Personalised Care framework.

Person Specification



  • Core qualification in any Mental Health modality such as Nursing or Social Work.
  • Appropriate Registration relevant to professional qualification



  • 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 adults professionals within the care system.
  • Experience of post-registration working with children & young people and/or adults 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 relevant policy and having completed or be willing to complete breakaway training or equivalent.
  • Experience of effective working with families of different cultural backgrounds.
  • Experience of working within multi-agency safeguarding systems e.g. child protection conferences, child in need meetings


  • Experience in the delivery of training.
  • Experience of service evaluation



  • 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 a range of mental health problems and disorders, affecting adults and who are experiencing mental health difficulties, and processes of internal/external services.
  • An understanding of resilience and vulnerability.


  • Knowledge of different models of therapy, e.g. Applied Behaviour Analysis and at least one other therapeutic modality eg CBT, Psychodynamic psychotherapy, solution focussed therapy etc.



  • Ability to travel across Plymouth
  • Ability to work flexibly (hours of work and duties) both as an individual and with other colleagues in Livewell and with partner agencies.
  • Able to undertake the demands of the post with reasonable adjustments where required.
  • The post holder will need to travel and attend to service users based across Plymouth and other geographical areas. Full and valid driving licence and access to a car for work purposes is required. Reasonable adjustments under the Equality Act will be taken into account for the successful applicant.



  • Mental Health and Risk assessment, care planning, evaluation and intervention skills
  • Well established case management skills and good organisational skills with ability to prioritise workload.
  • Well developed communication skills both oral and written
  • Commitment to anti-oppressive practice
  • Ability to work in partnership and in collaboration with others, both in and out of own agency/professional background.
  • Commitment to own learning and professional development.
  • Reflective Practitioner


  • Competent assessment and intervention skills
  • Specific therapeutic skills relevant to working with children, young people & families and adults.
  • Consultation skills.
  • Training skills
  • Self motivating and able to work on own initiative

Employer details

Employer name

Livewell Southwest


Cumberland Centre, 1st Floor

Damerel Close



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