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

Senior Mental Health Practitioner/ Psychologist

Job Reference: 354-CS-20039

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Swandean, Worthing
Band 7 - £37,570 - £43,772

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.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to recruit to a full time (1.0WTE) Fixed Term, Band 7 Senior Mental Health Practitioner (Specialist Nurse/ Psychologist/ Social worker/ Family and Systemic Psychotherapist/ Occupational Therapist/Speech and Language Therapist) to work as part of the developing Child and Young People's Re-designed Enhanced Support Service (CYPRESS) covering West Sussex. This post will end on March, 2021. This is a multi-disciplinary team (including Clinical Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner) that provides support to families who have a child with a learning disability, who is presenting with behaviours that challenge. The role will be varied and there will be a focus on multi-disciplinary working. Clinical work is focused on providing consultation to the networks supporting young people with complex challenging behaviour, completing assessments with young people and developing positive behaviour support plans. The role will also fit with the trusts wider goal of developing services to meet the Transforming Care Agenda. As a service we encourage innovative and creative practice and there will be many opportunities to get involved with service developments. The post holder will be part of a dynamic and supportive multi-disciplinary team and will join a service with good opportunities for peer support and CPD. The post holder will be expected to travel in order to meet the requirements of the post, so means of independent travel is essential.

West Sussex CAMHS services build on CYP-IAPT learning and the 'deliver with and deliver well' programme. This is sustained through our collaborative work with users of our services who help shape continuing service transformation with their lived experience.

As one of the largest providers of children and young people's mental health services, our Care Delivery Service (CDS) provides care across West & East Sussex, Brighton and Hove and Hampshire. Supported by our Clinical Academic Groups (CAGs), we work to put research, innovation and learning into practice. We offer a career, not just a job, in a team and a Trust committed to delivering the best possible care to the community and to supporting the wellbeing of our staff, who are our greatest asset.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Dr Simon Rowe, Principal Clinical Psychologist on 07471 031 305 or or Carly Mendy General Manager West Sussex CAMHS 07464925770.

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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