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Senior Mental Health Practitioner - Incentives Apply

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Worthing, England
£43,742 - £50,056 Pro-rata
Closing date
13 Feb 2024

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Healthcare, Nursing
Contract Type
Part Time

Job Details

Job overview

Are you interested in a role with Thought-Full: 'Mental Health Support Teams in Schools' (MHSTs)?

Do you have experience/ training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?

If so, our 'Mental Health Support Teams in Schools' is recruiting a Band 7 Mental Health Practitioner to join us.

We are open to a range of individuals from different core professions, the key things for us are your passion for supporting children and young people and your CBT experience/ expertise.

MHSTs were developed following the 2017 Green Paper - Transforming Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Provision. We have three core functions:
  • To deliver evidence-based interventions to children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties
  • To support schools to develop their whole school approach to mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • To provide timely advice to school/ college staff to ensure that young people get the right support at the right time

We are an innovative integrated model with Thought-Full being delivered across both Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and the Education and Skills department of West Sussex County Council.

We currently have 6 teams across Crawley, Bognor & Felpham, Mid-Sussex, Worthing and Chichester District and this role will be covering the Arun areas of the team.

Main duties of the job

As a Mental Health Practitioner, you will hold a caseload of children/young people presenting with mild to moderate mental health difficulties. This will include offering initial assessment as well as delivering short term, evidence-based interventions, including working within a CBT model.

You will be working with parents, teaching staff and other professionals and delivering group and individual interventions. You will work collaboratively with young people and their families, incorporating the use of outcome measures within their work.

You will also work closely alongside other members of the team to support schools to develop their whole school approach to mental health, including offering training to schools.

This post offers the Trust's £4,000 Incentive for band 5-7 Nurses & Practitioners, as well as a relocation package up to a maximum of £8,000 (subject to terms and conditions).

Working for our organisation

Sussex Partnership provides mental health and learning disability care for all age groups across Sussex.

We encourage flexible working. We know that a positive work/ life balance brings about huge health-related benefits, which has a positive impact on the care we provide. Please speak to us about flexible working, for example, home-working, part time hours, flexible start/ finish times or anything else. If it works for you and works for the role, we'll do our best to make it happen.

We'd love you to join our Trust, rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the CQC. Our staff agree, in our recent staff survey 82% told us that they recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

Other key survey results:
  • 70% highlighting flexible working as a key point for satisfaction at work
  • 79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work in their team
  • 77% identifying opportunities to show initiative in their roles

Detailed job description and main responsibilities


In order to be a successful Mental Health Practitioner in our team you will be:
  • Registered with the NMC, HCPC or BABCP via a core professional qualification - Applications are welcomed from OT's, Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, CBT Therapists
  • Experienced/ trained in CBT
  • Passionate about supporting the prevention and early intervention of mental health difficulties for children and young people Experienced working within a mental health setting

It would also be advantageous if you are:
  • Experienced working with Children and Young People suffering from mental health difficulties
  • Experienced working within a school or have a good understanding of the school system

See attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

Please apply using the link in this advert, or for more information explore the attachments or contact:

Dr Clare Dixon - Senior Clinical Psychologist & Thought-Full Clinical Supervisor:

07909 256829

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Core professional qualification relevant to mental health e.g. nursing with specialism in mental health or learning disability nursing, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, CBT Therapist
  • Appropriate professional registration e.g. NMC, HCPC, BABCP
  • Experience of working with children and young people
  • Experience of working with people with mental health problems

Desirable criteria
  • CBT experience

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.

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