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Lead Practitioner - Neurodiversity Nurse, OT or Social Worker

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Hove, England
£35,392 - £42,618 pro rata
Closing date
13 Feb 2024

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Healthcare, Nursing
Contract Type
Part Time

Job Details

Job overview

The Brighton & Hove West Assessment & Treatment Service (ATS) have an exciting opportunity for a clinician to join us for 15 hours per week, working alongside our existing Neurodiversity Mental Health Practitioner. You will have an interest in autism, and to support autistic people open to community services that also have a diagnosed mental disorder. This autism link role will focus on supporting the community team's Lead Practitioners by providing episodic co-working, consultation, and expertise across the ATS.

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).

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be based and line managed within the ATS, and play a key role in linking with the Transforming Care Autism Team (TCAT) staff. TCAT are a small assessment and consultation tertiary MDT that supports Sussex Partnership clinicians with admission avoidance, and facilitating discharges for autistic people. The post is a great opportunity for the postholder to work alongside this highly specialist, innovative team who are passionate about improving the lives of autistic people in mental health services. TCAT will support the post holder to develop into the specialist link role through providing supervision, training and shared learning experiences. The role will more broadly enhance the community team approach and effectiveness with this cohort of people open to community teams and as clinically indicated align with TCAT.

Working for our organisation

The Trust provides mental health and learning disability care for all ages across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire.

Living & Working in Brighton:
  • Be spoilt for choice with Brighton's iconic seafront, vibrant lanes and array of shops and attractions
  • Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns on your doorstep
  • Embrace the outstanding natural beauty spots including the renowned Devils Dyke and South Downs National Park

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

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

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

You will provide consultation, advice, support and episodical care plan interventions to support a Lead Practitioner in delivering reasonable adjustments; to support the person in our care towards their recovery journey. You will also be expected to hold a small caseload. You will be working with adults aged 18 and over with a diagnosed functional mental health disorder and neuro-divergent needs. Duties will include linking with TCAT to support individuals in the least restrictive interventions that meet their clinical and safety needs. You will work alongside multi-disciplinary teams across the ATS and TCAT to provide care in the community.

Please see the attached Job Description document for full details of the role and responsibilities. If you'd like to hear more about the role or would like to have an informal discussion, please do not hesitate to contact Almas Channon, Service Manager on or alternatively contact 07738 756954.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered Mental health Nurse Occupational Therapist or Social worker with current registration
  • Completion of Mentorship Course
  • Evidence of continuous professional development


Essential criteria
  • Significant post qualifying experience in the relevant care group
  • Experience of working alongside people with complex health problems in the designated care group
  • Experience of providing a range of clinical interventions to people in the designated care group with a variety of health problems
  • Experience of working consultatively with professionals
  • Experience of conducting clinical assessments including risk assessments
  • Experience of partnership working within and across various statutory and non statutory teams and agencies
  • Experience of working within the CPA process
  • Understanding of clinical governance
  • Previous experience of working in the community

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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