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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 18/02/2020.

Community Psychiatric Nurse/Lead Practitioner

Job Reference: 354-AN-19083-G

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
218 Ifield Drive, Crawley
Band 6 - £30,401 - £37,267 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 Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated our services good, following their most recent inspection, and outstanding in the caring domain.

Band 6 Community Psychiatric Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social Worker

Crawley Assessment & Treatment Service is a lively community mental health team supporting people living with severe and enduring mental illness. We were awarded Sussex Partnership Team of the Month in October 2018, and were awarded Team of the Year 2018 by the Sussex Armed Forces Network.

We are passionate about involving people, family and friends in care and we welcome candidates with experience of co-production. We are dedicated to improving services and delivering high quality care. We are also very active in the Armed Forces Community, and are keen to receive applicants with connections to or experience of this.

We are looking for 2 practitioners to join our friendly and supportive team. Our vacancies are for Band 6 practitioners however we will offer Band 5 to 6 development posts to the right candidates.

Working in our team includes:

  • Working autonomously as a Lead Practitioner to a defined caseload of clients. This will include offering specific interventions to people diagnosed with mood/anxiety disorders, psychosis or complex emotional difficulties.
  • You will complete initial assessments and work closely with our referrals co-ordinators.
  • You will complete 2 duty shifts per month.
  • Nursing colleagues will have a working knowledge of our depot/clozapine clinic and offer cover over periods of annual leave.
  • Occupational Therapy and Social Work colleagues will have a working knowledge of the Group Treatment Programme and will be invited to take a role co-facilitating a group on a regular basis.

What you will receive from us:

  • We are a friendly and supportive team that meets every morning to ensure everyone is supported during their day.
  • We offer several MDT meetings per week to ensure support is available for complex case discussions.
  • We offer capped caseloads –you will have a defined caseload to support you to offer high quality care to people using our services.
  • You will receive regular supervision and be offered the opportunity to supervise junior staff.
  • We actively encourage people to think about their development and career goals, and will support you to complete further training.

We will offer you training to become an Armed Forces Champion which will enable you to offer bespoke support to the Armed Forces Community.

Hours of work are between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Friday and we are able to offer flexible working patterns in line with our flexible working policy.

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).

Furthermore the post also offers a further 5% hard to recruit premium (minimum £942, maximum £1632, pro-rata, per annum).

For further details / informal visits contact:

Lisa Halsey on 07738758351 or Sally Vinson on 07788764111

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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