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Mental Health Practitioner (Primary Care Network) - Incentives Apply

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Brighton and Hove, England
£35,392 - £42,618 per annum
Closing date
15 Feb 2024

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Healthcare, Nursing
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Job overview

The Brighton and Hove Emotional Wellbeing Service (B&H EWS) is recruiting to a Band 6 Nursing / OT / Social Work role in its new Primary Care Network (PCN) mental health teams. The EWS aims to provide GPs with fast access to mental health expertise, preventing further escalation.

The people we work with are usually unable to access IAPT services, but may not meet the threshold for secondary care. We have excellent links to other local teams to ensure seamless movement of service users to third sector agencies, ATS, IAPT, and other SPFT teams where appropriate.

EWS roles are embedded in the PCNs, but benefit from being part of the SPFT family, with excellent training and supervision as standard. This exciting and evolving service integrates closely with voluntary sector partners to provide accessible, high quality clinical consultation, assessment, and interventions.

Main duties of the job

East and Central Brighton PCN is a multi-disciplinary team providing clinical and social support to patients f 9 GP practices PCN Services (

The PCN aims to improve local population health and break down barriers for patients. Community work aims to de-medicalise distress caused by poverty, isolation, and social fragmentation. Our vision is based on the following principles:

Proportionate Universalism: Improving the health of those with the greatest need, fastest.

Integrating Care: Acting as a bridge between primary care, community services and individuals, to bring healthcare into the community.

Supporting Primary Care: Reducing pressures on primary care by increasing capacity, supporting with clinical targets and providing holistic, preventative healthcare.

Working in the B&H EWS, you will encounter people experiencing a range of mental health needs, and as a Band 6 practitioner you will be sufficiently skilled and experienced to triage, assess, and provide clinical interventions of up to 6-8 sessions. You will work in partnership with the PCN team to provide a bridge between primary and secondary care.

Your interventions will be vital to preventing deterioration in previously stable patients, supporting transition to the right services, and providing safe, evidence-based mental health support. We support blended working options within the needs of the service, and of service users.

Working for our organisation

Sussex Partnership places a huge focus on the wellbeing of our staff, and ensures our packages reflect the important work they do. A positive work / life balance brings about health-related benefits, which has a positive impact on the care we provide. Speak to us about flexible working: home-working, part time hours, flexible start or finish times, or anything else. If it works for you and works for the role, we'll do our best to make it happen.

Your benefits:
  • Access to full psychological support via our internal wellbeing team
  • Excellent supervision programmes, with ongoing opportunities for training and development
  • Access to discount schemes, and excellent NHS pension
  • Generous holiday entitlement (starting at 27 days plus bank holidays, increasing with continuous NHS service)

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

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

We welcome a call to discuss these exciting roles in advance of your application:

Interim Clinical Service Manager, B&H EWS (PCN Mental Health Teams): Paula Hearne 07483116190

EWS General Manager - Sussex- Jenny Edge 07554114329

PCN Clinical Director Becky Jarvis 07867521667

We are looking for self-motivated, energetic, and creative clinicians. You will have substantial, transferable mental health experience (whether inpatient or community), and up to date professional registration from a core mental health profession. We need a practitioner who can build partnerships, and can work flexibly, adaptively, and creatively

Please note: this role is open to Nursing, OT and Social Work core mental health professions with current registration on the NMC, HCPC or SWE registers.

Counselling and Psychotherapy and other applicants without these core profession qualifications or registration will not be shortlisted.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered Mental Health professional qualification (Must be one of: Social Work, Mental Health Nursing, Occupational Therapy
  • Include relevant professional registration (NMC, SWE, HCPC)


Essential criteria
  • Extensive post-qualifying experience of clinical work with people with a range of mental health problems
  • Experience of partnership working within and across various different statutory and non-statutory teams and agencies
  • Experience in working consultatively with professionals
  • Experience of providing low intensity psychological interventions including, provision of self help, behavioural activation, solution focused, guided self help, and a CBT informed approach using a range of delivery models, telephone, face to face , individual and workshops
  • Experienced in conducting clinical assessments, including risk assessments

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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

Phychology & PsychologicalTherapies

Social Work

Healthcare Support Workers 

Support Services

Check out our latest video below where we hear from our inspiring nurses why Sussex Partnership is such a great place to work.

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