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

Registered Mental Health Nurse

Job Reference: 354-FH-20041-D

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Registered Mental Health Nurse
Hellingly, Hellingly
£24,907 - £30,615

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.

  • We have an exciting opportunity for a Band 5 Qualified Nurse with a background in Mental Health Nursing. The successful applicant will be based on the 15 bedded male Medium Secure Treatment and Recovery Ward, however there will be opportunities to work across the wider Service and this may include the Low Secure Service for males and Medium Secure Service for female. The Treatment and Recovery Service focuses on reintegrating patients back into the community prior to stepping down to low secure. As a nurse you will work in collaboration with other professionals and in a very patient centred way. We work to the principles of the “Secure Recovery Model “(Drennan & Alred, 2012)and the “See Think Act” (Royal College of Psychiatrists publication) in collaboration with the peer support programme.

The established team provide a high standard of care as evidenced in the most recent CQC inspection, they also rated the Forensic Service as good overall and outstanding in the ‘Effective’ category.

There is a good activity programme available for the patients to engage in which includes Therapeutic Groups, provision of leisure activities; we recently hosted a photo exhibition exploring narrative identity which appeared on BBC South East .We also offer patients the opportunity to engage in education and there is a variety of employment opportunities available to them such as working in the on-site cafes, gardening and cleaning. Patients are encouraged to maintain their living space, self-cater and budget for example. We have good links with the local radio station and we have a twitter account across the Service (

There are opportunities for staff development and promotion. A wide range of in house and external training is also available.

We are also aware that nationally there is a current shortage of RMNs which is why we want you to choose us. We have introduced the Hard to Recruit Premium for our band 5 and band 6 nurses. This supplement will follow the principles of Agenda for Change and will be based on the Fringe Allowance, which is 5% of salary or a minimum of £951 and a maximum of £1,649.

This post offers The Trust's Golden Hello for band 5 or 6 Nurses, or a Relocation package up to a maximum of £2000. (pro rata applies and subject to terms and conditions. Please see attached Protocol document).

Pease contact Loraine Hamilton, Ash Ward Manager, The Hellingly Centre, Hellingly, East Sussex. Telephone 01323444186.


For further details / informal visits contact:

Please contact Loraine Hamilton, Ash Ward Manager


Telephone 01323 444193.


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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