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Psychiatric Decision Unit Crisis Practitioner

Job Reference: 354-AB-19006

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
mental health
Mill View Hospital, Hove
Band 6 - £28,050 - £36,644

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 Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated our services good, following their most recent inspection, and outstanding in the caring domain.

We are very excited to confirm that Sussex Partnership NHS Trust will be opening a brand new Psychiatric Decision Unit (PDU) this year which will be located at the Mill View Hospital site in Hove. This facility will be available 24/7 and provide an extended crisis assessment for service users who are in crisis to complete comprehensive psychosocial assessment and formulation to determine if admission to hospital is clinically indicated or to support the formulation for care and treatment in the community. The PDU will work closely with adult services across Sussex, especially those teams who respond to referrals for patients in crisis, and partner organisations to ensure that we can offer an effective, safe and accessible alternative to A&E and provide timely crisis interventions for service users in the community.

The Band 6 Crisis Practitioners will be vitally important to ensure that we can maximise the effectiveness of the PDU and to support the development of this new service and the new clinical team. We are looking for experienced, confident qualified mental health nurses who can demonstrate excellent professional and practice standards and recent, relevant experience in the assessment and formulation of care and treatment for service users in crisis. The Crisis Practitioners will practice to promote an inclusive, collaborative and empathetic clinical environment and will be able to utilise their skills to optimise clinical outcomes for service users. As a Crisis Practitioner you will need to be an individual who develops positive and effective professional relationships and networks and values the contribution and support of your colleagues and is focused on continuous improvement and striving for the very best standards.

The Band 6 Crisis Practitioners will be expected to undertake clinical shifts through internal rotation and to take a lead in the safe staffing of the PDU and deployment of the available clinical resources to ensure service user and staff safety and the day to day functioning for the PDU are completed. It is expected that the Band 6 Crisis Practitioners will work with a Senior Nurse Practitioner or the Team Leader although they will be expected to liaise and collaborate with other clinicians when necessary. All Crisis Practitioners will be expected to participate in supervision and to have responsibility for providing supervision to other members of the team under the direction of the Team Leader. All members of the PDU clinical staff will be offered the opportunity to participate in reflective practice and professional development.

We would be delighted to hear from you if the PDU excites you and could be the challenge that you are seeking in 2019. Please contact Lindsay Towle on 07795 343133 or email in the first instance.

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.

After applying via NHS Jobs, your submitted application will be imported into our preferred Third-party recruitment system. All subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from You will not be able to track the progress of your application or receive messages through the NHS Jobs website, and furthermore, as an employer, we will not be able to respond to any e-mails sent to us via the NHS Jobs website. By applying for this post, you are agreeing to Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. If you are appointed to a post information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system

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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