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Consultant Psychiatrist, General Adult ATS, Eastbourne (attracts RRP)

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Eastbourne, England
£93,666 - £126,281 per annum
Closing date
15 Feb 2024

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Contract Type
Full Time

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Job overview

The Trust is seeking a Consultant Psychiatrist to join the Community Mental Health Team at St Marys House, Eastbourne

The Trust strives to maximise clinical time for doctors so you will benefit from an assigned admin support, as well as an established administrative support service who work for the whole team.

This job attracts a Recruitment and Retention payment of £25,000, in addition to (up to) £8000 relocation allowance. The RRP payment is paid in the following instalments:
  • £5000 payment paid on appointment
  • £5000 retention payment paid at 12 month anniversary of employment
  • £6500 retention payment paid at 30 month anniversary of employment
  • £8500 retention payment paid at 48 month anniversary of employment

The Recruitment and Retention payment is pro rata for part time employees. If you would like further information, or to know the full terms of the Recruitment and Retention Payment and/or the Relocation Allowance, then please do not hesitate to contact our Medical Staffing Team -

To find out more about what we offer please take a look at our careers portal:

Main duties of the job

On appointment you will have the opportunity to join the Trust wide consultant network as well as having access to peer support from colleagues here in East Sussex.

You will work with other community services in East Sussex including High Weald, Lewes and Havens and Hastings ATS, Early Intervention in Psychosis and East Sussex Rehabilitation services. There are separate community services for patients with a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of dementia (Memory assessment and living well with dementia teams in Eastbourne and Hastings, although HWLH currently provide a MAS service from the ATS)

The Trust operates a Quality Improvement methodology which is encouraged to be used by all staff. There are exciting opportunities to be trained in QI and undertake QI projects. This post is one example of the commitment of the Trust to develop better provision for the Eastbourne and surrounding areas and the families and carers using the service. There are also opportunities to develop your special interest i.e. teaching or clinical and other research through Sussex University and Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

Working for our organisation

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is a large NHS organisation that offers clinical and social care services to children, young people, adults and older adults, with emotional and mental health problems or learning disabilities.

The Trust benefits from a thriving Sussex-wide psychiatry training scheme where Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex provide foundation, GP, core and higher trainees. We work closely with Brighton and Sussex Medical School; a partnership between the Universities of Brighton and Sussex.

Our vision is to improve the quality of life for the communities we serve. The clinical strategy and organisational strategy we have developed underpin this by providing frameworks to enable sustained improvements in the quality of care we provide.

Although this job is advertised as a 10 PA post, if you want to discuss different working hours or flexible working please pick up the phone and talk to us! We want to hear your thoughts and ideas on how our jobs can work for you.

If you have neither lived or worked in Sussex before then please consider the following:
  • Journey from the coast to the countryside in minutes
  • A lifestyle including renowned cycle routes and picturesque walks, including the famous South Downs Way in the South Downs National Park
  • Discovering the 140+ miles of scenic and historic Sussex coastline
  • Easy access to airports - Gatwick and Heathrow are both close to the county, providing worldwide transport link

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please see job description and person specification attached for further details on other relevant local mental health services, geographical area(s) the post covers and details of the current multidisciplinary team establishment.

Perhaps you have not decided yet and want to discuss your individual interests in working at Sussex Partnership? Please get in touch using the contact details provided, we would love to talk to you!

**Please note the Job Description is with the Royal College for approval**

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.
  • MRCPsych


Essential criteria
  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise at the time of appointment.
  • Included on the GMC Specialist Register OR within six months.
  • Approved clinician status OR able to achieve within 3 months of appointment
  • Approved under S12 OR able to achieve with 3 months of appointment

Sussex Partnership NHS FT is committed to supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our communities. Our workforce is currently under-represented from Black and Minority, Ethnic and disabled communities and we would welcome applications from these communities.

We regret that we are unable to advise candidates if they have not been shortlisted. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

In the event of an excessive number of applicants the Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy earlier than indicated.

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 recognize abuse, and take action to safeguard and protect vulnerable adults and children and young people. It is expected that all staff and bank workers familiarise themselves with the appropriate structures and policies and with the Sussex child protection and safeguarding procedures and the Sussex multi-agency policy and procedures for safeguarding vulnerable adults and undertake the relevant essential training and further training appropriate to their role.

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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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.


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Who we are

We provide specialist NHS mental health and learning disability services in south east England. People receive care, treatment and support from us in hospital, at home and from a range of community services. Our services are rated ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission and ‘outstanding’ for caring.

Where we are

We provide services for people of all ages across Sussex and services for children and young people in Hampshire. There’s something for everyone in our local area, whether that’s the hustle and bustle of Brighton, the scenic South Downs or our wonderful coastline where you can chill out to the sound of the surf.

What we can offer you

When you join us, you’ll be coming to work in an organisation that puts people first. We’ll do everything we can to make you feel valued, respected and included. You will be given plenty of opportunities here for your career to flourish. We’re an organisation which is strong on innovation, research and learning, and we will support your development and help you learn new skills in whichever team or service you work in.

Check out the links below to view our key areas of recruitment



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