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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 28/09/2020.

Mental Health Practitioner

Job Reference: 354-CS-20133-A

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Mental Health
Chalkhill, Haywards Heath
Band 6 - £31,365 - £37,890 pro rata

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.

Band 6 Crisis Mental Health Practitioner (with Band 5-6 development opportunity)

We are seeking to recruit passionate, knowledgeable and dynamic mental health professionals to join our well-established and innovative Sussex CAMHS Crisis and Home Treatment Team (Urgent Help Service). You will have the ability and passion to be an autonomous, creative and person-centred practitioner and will be joining a team with a vibrant team spirit. The work is varied, with a holistic and inclusive team ethos.

You must have a core mental health professional qualification and be registered with a professional body to be eligible to apply for this position. Part-time hours can be considered. If you do not yet have the experience required for a Band 6 position, we can offer a Band 5 to 6 development role - please specify on your application if this is what you are applying for.

We are a friendly and supportive multi-disciplinary team, dedicated to providing a high quality service which complements the work done by our wider CAMHS colleagues and in liaison/partnership with other key young people's services. Our core business includes assessing young people's mental health, including attention to risk management and care planning, and working with families and the wider systems that support these young people.

The goal of the service is to offer intensive support and risk management in the community at times of crisis, and to minimise the number of young people admitted to inpatient mental health units (both our own inpatient unit at Chalkhill, and other specialist out of area provisions). For those young people who do require an inpatient admission, we aim to help reduce the length of these admissions and support a timely discharge.

Flexibility with working patterns to include some weekend and evening work is essential, as is own transport - as the role involves travel across the whole Sussex County area. We are keen to consider applicants from a range of professional backgrounds such as Social Work, Nursing & Occupational Therapy.


For further details / informal visits contact:

Bernie Chadd- Team Lead 07471217942


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.

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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.

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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.

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