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Bank Forensic Community Psychiatric Nurse

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Worthing, England
£19.10 per hour
Closing date
14 Feb 2024

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Job overview

FOLS is a community-based service in Sussex providing support to individuals with mental health issues related to their offending/risk behaviour. The focus of this exciting role will be to provide support in the community to a small caseload

We are looking for an enthusiastic, dynamic individual, able to demonstrate a strong sense of initiative, adapting to any given situation, works well as part of a team. A friendly caring attitude, sense of humour.

As Lead Practitioner, you will carry out specialist assessments, devise robust risk management plans, implementing bespoke interventions.

Working as an experienced clinician with service users and also skills in leadership, supervision, service development and improvement.

Role will be diverse, work is varied, fast paced and demanding. The post holder must be flexible in their practices. We ask you to be committed to delivering a quality service and passionate in developing/improving service provision.

We offer, training opportunities whilst you are working in a supportive environment within a specialised team, regular supervision/support, opportunities for CPD, including bespoke CPD.

We will ensure you have a suitable induction period, with training provided according to your needs and weekly reflective practice from an experienced MDT.

Main duties of the job

Forensic Community Psychiatric Nurse with a full-time substantive contract within the FOLS team, covering forensic patients in West Sussex.

Working with patients with offending behaviours, this will include those on restriction orders under the Ministry of justice.

You will provide support with transition from secure hospital into the community.

You will be a Lead Practitioner holding a caseload, providing a specialised range of clinical interventions.

You will monitor, evaluate and modify treatment in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of interventions.

Undertake clinical assessment, formulation, intervention, hold CPA reviews

Assess and manage on going risks as identified during the assessment, ensuring that this is done in collaboration with the service user and careers

Regularly review risk and feedback to the MDT

Offer specialist nursing assessment and advice where required.

Adhere to the team and Trust's lone-working policies at all times.

Working for our organisation

About the Trust:

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health and learning disability care for children, young people and adults across Sussex.

Working in Sussex:
  • Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns there's always new experiences to be enjoyed
  • Embrace the city life with great access to visit Brighton and London
  • With easy access to Gatwick and Heathrow and excellent railway links across the UK there is plenty of opportunity for adventure

We'd love you to join our organisation that is rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the Care Quality Commission. Our staff agree, with 82% of people in our recent staff survey telling us that they recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

Other 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 within their team
  • 77% identifying the opportunities to show initiative in their roles

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Be a core member of the team, using specialist assessments.

Provide a highly specialised range of clinical interventions relevant to the care group and have knowledge of evidence-based models of practice.

Manage a caseload of clients with complex needs.

Work in partnership with the individual service user and their families and careers as appropriate to ensure the delivery of the care plan, and to enable the development of a plan to facilitate their safety, promote their well-being and support their independence and inclusion in the community, by using recognised age appropriate self-management tools where applicable. This may include working closely with partner agencies ,voluntary sector agencies, , MAPPA ,which may be able to more appropriately help the service user complete these tools.

Administer and monitor medication prescribed to individual service users, providing information and advice.

Discuss with the service user and when appropriate, with their careers, their health problems and how they see and understand them, facilitating a process of developing their understanding and maintaining their hope for the future.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered Nurse with current registration [mental health/LD/Adult], appropriate to the job role
  • Completion of Mentorship Course/ENB equivalent
  • Evidence of continuous professional development

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



Allied Health Professions

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