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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 12/12/2021.

Mental Health Practitioner (First Responder)

Job Reference: 832-2021-NM-7476

Livewell Southwest CIC
Mental Health First Response
£32,306 to £39,027 pa, pro rata

Livewell Southwest is an award-winning provider of NHS health and social care services in Plymouth and NHS community health services in South Hams and West Devon. Quality care is at the heart of our philosophy to help keep people safe, well and at home.

A leader in integrated care, we continue to innovate our services into multidisciplinary teams shaped around our localities. As a social enterprise, we offer excellent terms and conditions and future career development opportunities. Our locations offer an exciting work life balance, with Dartmoor and glorious beaches on the doorstep and Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City offering culture and excellent travel links.

up to 37.5 hours per week – permanent.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for enthusiastic and motivated individuals to join our new First Response Service. The Service promotes an innovative way of working, triaging and responding to crisis referrals, using both tele-coaching and video communication technology as well as face-to-face assessments. (Livewell’s First Response Service links closely with our AMHP Service including the Joint Response Unit which could involve working alongside multi-agency colleagues (i.e. Police, Paramedics) during the evenings providing acute assessment and care and support to people experiencing mental health crisis in the community (responding in a marked response vehicle). As such this B6 role could provide the potential experience needed for future AMHP training, subject to further expression of interest/recruitment process. It is not an expectation for postholders to pursue any AMHP related opportunities if they do not wish to do so.

The role of the Mental Health Practitioner (First Responder) is to provide brief clinical risk and mental health assessment, formulation and short-term contingency planning for people presenting in mental health crisis.

The role of Mental Health Practitioner (First Responder) will require working collaboratively with key partner organisations, service users, carers, clinicians and other practitioners within a multi-disciplinary team in delivering services. The service provides a 7-day a week, 24-hours a day service for 365 days a year and involves working shifts.

Although based in the First Response Service the service and role are part of our integrated community mental health service offer and as such may also provide the opportunity to work across different team(s). There may also be opportunities in the future to work in our Home Treatment Team, or Psychiatric Liaison Service.

Livewell Southwest is an established community interest company, which provides a significant range of high quality health and social care services on behalf of the NHS and city council.

This newly merged provider organisation within Plymouth is at the “cutting edge” of integrated service delivery and design. It will ensure seamless, responsive care and support is provided to the individual at the right time, in the right place, by the right professional, ensuring that adult social care statutory responsibilities defined by the Care Act 2014 and the Mental Health Act are fully implemented.

Our aim is to ensure that people living in Plymouth and their families are supported to maintain their health, wellbeing and independence. As a social enterprise, we are a not for profit organisation that means we reinvest back into the services we provide or in the communities we serve.

Our best asset is our workforce and we welcome the involvement of all staff in helping to shape the future of the organisation. We want the right staff and are looking for highly motivated, experienced and qualified professionals to join our supportive and friendly teams.

We can offer you:-

• A varied and manageable case load in a vibrant university city

• A new challenge every day

• New up to date equipment including mobile technology

• A strong commitment to high quality supervision and support for career development– including an established preceptorship programme for newly qualified practitioners

• Annual appraisal scheme and competency framework.

Plymouth is a great place to live and work having all the benefits of a big city, but situated in one of the most scenic areas of the country delivering a work/life balance that’s hard to beat. We are a vibrant waterfront city set amidst some of England’s most glorious countryside and beaches, where a rich maritime heritage meets the bustle of modern commerce. We welcome enquiries and informal visits from anyone and value diversity in our workforce.

Livewell Southwest values its staff and makes investment in their development a priority. Currently we offer the following development opportunities for staff:

  • A minimum of three days protected CPD for registered staff
  • Development pathways for unregistered staff from apprentice to bands 2, 3 and 4 and for registered staff in bands 5, 6, 7 and 8
  • Leadership programmes
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Medicines Management, leg Ulcer Management and Assessment Training
  • Access and funding for training including Care Certificate, Assistant Practitioners Course and Scholarship Into Nurse Training
  • Robust Preceptorship
  • An induction programme tailored to your needs
  • Relocation package may be considered for the right candidate for certain roles

Rewards and benefits

  • Discounts available from retailers, UK hotels and main attractions – often up to 15% savings
  • NHS Pension Scheme and competitive Pension Scheme with Scottish Widows and/or Government Pension scheme (conditions apply)
  • Lease car scheme (available after satisfactory completion of probation/conditions apply)
  • Cycle to work scheme (available after satisfactory completion of probation)
  • Childcare vouchers
  • School holiday childcare subsidies
  • Multiple flexible working options

Livewell Southwest can allow existing members of the NHS Pension Scheme to continue their membership when they join the organisation.

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

Job share(s) considered.

The Government has formally announced that it intends to introduce regulations that will require most healthcare workers which includes frontline workers to be fully vaccinated (1st and 2nd dose) against COVID-19 by 1st April 2022. To achieve this the successful applicant must have had their 1st COVID -19 vaccination by 3rd February 2022 to allow for a 2nd dose to be made before 1st April 2022. Therefore, full COVID-19 vaccination will be a condition of employment unless an individual is medically exempt. We will ask for proof of vaccination or exemption during the recruitment process.

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Additional opportunities:

There are also a number of opportunities within health and care, across Devon, please click on the link entitled 'Proud to Care' more information.

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