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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 30/09/2020.

Staff Nurse

Job Reference: 354-FH-19093-P

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Mental Health
Hellingly Centre, Hellingly
AfC Band 5 - £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.

Secure and Forensic Services, be a part of the patient journey and make a difference!

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A service that raises standards of care ?

We have a vacancy for a Band 5 Registered Mental Health Nurse on Blossom Ward Women’s Medium Secure Ward within the Hellingly Centre.

The Hellingly Centre has been overall rated as “good”, with “outstanding” on the caring domain by the CQC, we now strive towards achieving outstanding in all 5 domains, we aim to do this by prioritising people and by recruiting highly skilled and knowledgeable staff whom are passionate about providing a high standard of patient care.

We recognise that progress for personality disordered patients (developing the capacity for reflective function) takes a minimum of 18 months, and patients are rarely on the same ward for that amount of time. That is why we are creating Enabling Environments in all of our in-patient wards. Enabling Environments are the kite mark for therapeutic settings, ensuring that a sense of belonging is created and maintained across all moves to a lower level of security. That, along with our advance directive care plans, allows patients to navigate even the most difficult transitional points on their journey back to the community.

Each stage of the patient pathway has been designed to reflect their emotional development needs. Once our admission ward has successfully treated any psychotic symptoms, they will be delivering interventions and activities based on improving emotional regulation using an adapted dialectical behavioural therapy model. Our recovery ward will than deliver interventions and activities to help service users to understand and question other people’s motives and intentions using an adapted metallisation based therapy model. Finally, our low secure ward will then allow patients to discover new skills and opportunities that their relationship problems had previously inhibited. Our goal is to get every patient into meaningful activities through our recovery college, user involvement opportunities and proposed community interest company.

To deliver this model we need Staff Nurses who are able to create secure attachment relationships, and earn the trust and respect of patients who are likely to have had adverse experiences of authority figures. You will not be put off by rejection, and will see this as part of the process of building a therapeutic alliance.

Central to the role of Staff Nurse is your ability to maintain the ward ethos at all times. You will achieve this through your supervision of junior staff, clinical work, participating in staff meetings and patient meetings, as well as through experiencing quality managerial supervision and appraisals. We have also developed an ambitious training plan to equip you with everything you will need for your future career pathway.

So, if you’re ready to join our team now or at some point in the future, please make contact and say hello. Ask us about our excellent staffing levels, how our OT’s work the same shift patterns, our modern purpose built unit, and how our beaches get the most sunshine in the UK.

Student Nurse September 2018

“Having management placement at Willow Ward has been a great opportunity for professional and personal development. I received a warm welcome from the whole team and felt included into ward routine from the very beginning.”

Student Nurse November 2018

“Regarding the standard of nursing and learning opportunities, I cannot fault this placement and recommend this as a placement for other students. Staff takes the time to provide explanations for their actions and ask my opinion”

If what you have read excites you, inspires you and interests you we want to hear from you now!

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).

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.


For further details / informal visits contact:

Loraine Hamilton, Matron: 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.

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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