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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 29/09/2020.

Urgent Care Practitioner

Job Reference: 354-AE-20103-B

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Mental Health
Department of Psychiatry, Eastbourne, East Sussex
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.

We are fortunate to be in a position to expand and develop our Urgent Care Services to become an Urgent Care Hub providing seamless urgent care as an alternative to hospital admission and Emergency Department avoidance.

We are looking to recruit a nurse who can demonstrate competence in risk assessment of individuals presenting in crisis towards formulating clear and safe plans that support a person’s presenting needs to be managed in the least restrictive environment working across all Urgent care Services based in Eastbourne.

We are looking for a “can help” person to help us develop a flexible response to individuals who are either presenting urgent mental health needs or at risk of their mental health deteriorating to the point of crisis by offering specialist intervention.

The role provides response to a range of referrers including healthcare professionals, other statutory services including the police and third sector organisations. The team has access to an Urgent Care Lounge where individuals can await assessment and/or onward plans to be put into place.

The post holder will enjoy flexible shift working within a cohesive 24 hour team, supported by a Senior Nurse Practitioner (SNP), although primarily the post holder will be required to work between the hours of 7am and 9pm across 365 days of the year.

The role will work closely with, support the work of and work across Urgent Care Teams based in the same department (Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team, Mental Health Liaison Team and Urgent Care Lounge) to provide an alternative to Emergency Department attendance and hospital admission and support those patients with mental health difficulties in the general hospital. The Urgent Care Lounge is a dedicated space where individuals referred to the service can be supported whilst awaiting assessment and/or whilst arrangements are put in place for onward care. In exceptional circumstances patients may remain in the lounge for longer periods. Staff will pay attention to maximising privacy, dignity and personal comfort.

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:

Geraldine Beal

Team Leader


Telephone number 01323 438279

Informal visits are encouraged.


For more information please contact: Geraldine Beal, Team Leader, Urgent Care on 01323 438279.

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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