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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 27/09/2020.

Community Mental Health Practitioner

Job Reference: 354-AE-20074-B

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Mental Health
Hill Rise, Newhaven
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.

Community Mental Health Practitioner (Band 6)

Can be considered for a band 5 development position.


A great opportunity has arisen in East Sussex for a registered mental health nurse, qualified occupational therapist or social worker, who has experience of working with people with mental health problems community settings.

Currently we are improving the ‘front door’ into our services by ensuring we have a robust Triage team to manage the increasing volume of referrals. This post will predominantly be based in Triage at Hill Rise in Newhaven, supervised by a band 7 Senior Nurse Practitioner. For this role, you will need to be able to exercise clear, consistent, clinical judgement and have a scrupulous approach to process and recording to ensure high standards of patient care and safety are maintained. This is exciting work but it will suit an efficient practitioner who can work well under pressure. There will also be scope for the practitioner to hold a small, capped caseload of patients and opportunities for them to be able to develop a chosen clinical specialism or service development role.

In the future, we may be moving to a more centralised referral system and it is possible that the balance of the job plan may then shift to holding more treatment cases as a Lead Practitioner in the Assessment and Treatment service. The Lead Practitioner is responsible for co-ordinating a patient's care as they progress along their recovery journey.

You will be required to have strong communication and skills and the ability to work well as part of a multi-disciplinary team. We are passionate about improving the opportunities for people to recover their mental health and we are equally committed to giving our staff the supervision, support and opportunities they need to develop their professional careers. As a Trust employee you will enjoy the following:

  • Excellent starting salary
  • NHS Pension contributions
  • 27 days holiday allowance plus bank holidays
  • Flexible Working patterns
  • Child care vouchers
  • Excellent training and development opportunities
  • NHS Discounts
  • Employee Assistance Programme

This post offers the Trust's £2000 Golden Hello for band 5 or 6 Nurses, or a relocation package up to a maximum of £2000 (subject to terms and conditions).

For further details / informal visits contact:

Informal chats about the post and/or visits are welcome. For further information, please contact our Triage Lead, Caroline Thomas or the Service Manager, Simon Hellyer on 01273 616440 or email us: or

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.

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.

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