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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 24/09/2020.

Primary Mental Health Worker

Job Reference: 354-CH-20058-B

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Basingstoke, Basingstoke
Band 6 - £31,365 - £37,890 per annum

We are a large NHS Mental Health Trust in South East England and are looking for people to help us provide high quality services for the patients, carers and local communities that we serve.

We want patients and staff to recommend our organisation as a place where they would be happy for their friends and family to be treated. You can help us to do this by bringing your skills, experience and commitment to Sussex Partnership.

Sussex Partnership is an equal opportunities employer, with a sincere commitment to our people’s health and emotional wellbeing and as such, we have signed the Time to Change pledge and provide a comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme.

In addition, our workforce is currently under-represented by people from Black and Minority Ethnic and Disabled communities. We welcome applications from people of these communities as we want our workforce to reflect the communities we serve.

The Trust is committed to providing opportunities for flexible working.

Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement whether that’s job share, part time or another flexible pattern.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated our services good, following their most recent inspection, and outstanding in the caring domain.

Sussex Partnership is offering an exciting opportunity for a special person to join us as a Band 6 Primary Mental Health Worker in our Basingstoke team. You will have a core qualification such as nursing, social work, OT , teaching and a sound knowledge of mental health difficulties in children and young people and their families. The successful applicant will join a well-established team of highly skilled and motivated clinicians and are looking for someone with passion, enthusiasm and commitment to join them.

As part of this role, the post holder will work within the Single Point of Access Service based in Aldershot, where all new referrals are received into the service. This is a key role within the wider CAMHS service. You will be able to deliver a set of special skills. You will require a high level of skill in assessing new referrals, collating information, undertaking telephone assessments, liaising with families and professionals and developing comprehensive care plans and risk safety plans. Travel costs between sites will be paid.

You will need to be able to make theoretically and clinically informed decisions. You will be able to provide a timely response, often managing a high level of emotional need. The work is busy and challenging but rewarding and offers a very good learning environment. You will have opportunities to develop therapeutic skills in evidenced based direct work and group work intervention to young people and families. The appointed member of staff will also have the opportunity to participate in some consultation and training to external agencies, as well as public events hosted by CAMHS.

The service is entering into a period of new development within the service as we look to expand our work into schools and offers an exciting opportunity to be involved in service development. As a Trust, we recognise the impact of the nature of our work and are committed to staff well-being, providing activities that promote the positive health of our staff, such as arts projects and staff development. We are committed to regular line management and supervision.

The post holder will require a high degree of professional autonomy and self-management, and will be required to account for their professional practice through appraisal, audit and registration / validation with a professional body.

As a trust we are committed to developing skills and therapeutic interventions and use a wide variety of evidence-based therapy approaches with children and young people. There will be opportunities for further professional development within the service. All staff receive regular clinical supervision, access to a variety of CPD sessions with Clinical Leads, clinical and caseload discussions with senior colleagues.

You must hold a current Professional Registration to be eligible for this post.

For further details / informal visits contact:

NameJenny SlinnJob titleEarly help Service ManagerTelephone number0300 304 0050 option 1 or 2Additional contact information

Jenny Slinn

Early Help Service Manager

0300 304 0050 option 1 or 2


Barbara Hudson-Owen

North Primary Mental Health Worker team lead

Tel 0300 304 0800

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust takes its responsibilities for the safeguarding and protection of children and young people and vulnerable adults very seriously and expects this of all its employees and bank workers. The Trust works with adult and children’s social care to ensure that the integrated service has systems in place to equip staff and bank workers with the knowledge and skills to recognise abuse, and take action to safeguard and protect vulnerable adults and children and young people.

Successful candidates are normally offered salaries at the bottom of the relevant salary range. However, where previous or equivalent NHS experience in a similar role can be demonstrated and evidenced, this may be taken into consideration when setting the starting salary.

After applying via NHS Jobs, your submitted application will be imported into our preferred Third-party recruitment system. All subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from You will not be able to track the progress of your application or receive messages through the NHS Jobs website, and furthermore, as an employer, we will not be able to respond to any e-mails sent to us via the NHS Jobs website. By applying for this post, you are agreeing to Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. If you are appointed to a post information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system

We welcome and appreciate every application that we receive but regret that we are unable to advise every candidate if they have not been shortlisted. If you have not heard from us within 3 weeks of the closing date then it is likely that you have not been shortlisted on this occasion, however please do not be discouraged from applying again.

In the event of an excessive number of applicants the Trust does reserve the right to close this vacancy earlier than indicated.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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