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Staying Well Practitioner - Incentives Apply

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Worthing, England
£35,392 - £42,618 pa \/ pro rata for part time
Closing date
15 Feb 2024

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Healthcare, Nursing
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Job overview

We're looking for Staying Well Practitioners to join a new created service in Worthing which is co-produced with MIND, a VCSE partner in Sussex.

We are looking for experienced and registered mental health professionals from all disciplines, including Social Workers, Nurses and OT's. For these roles it is essential you are registered with NMC/HCPC/Social Work England & that you have experience of crisis assessment in any setting that provides a safety care plan

The service operates every day, the shifts are Monday to Friday 4pm until 11pm and weekends 2pm until 11pm with generous enhancements for evening and weekend working.

Based on a 'crisis café' model, the service provides an opportunity for anyone over 18 years experiencing a mental health crisis, including a self- defined crisis, to attend as an alternative to A&E. They will find a welcoming environment with a supportive and responsive team of mental health workers available.

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).

To protect the health and safety of our staff/workers, patients, and those attending our sites, we encourage our workforce to get fully vaccinated against COVID.

Main duties of the job

As a registered mental health professional, we ask you to support Recovery Workers in delivering person centred care in a safe, supportive and therapeutic environment, that is conducive to reducing emotional and psychological distress, promoting independence, and assist in the recovery for all adult mental health users of services in the community.

Sussex Partnership mental health professionals on site are Trusted Assessors and are able to ensure a smooth transition into crisis services should this be required without the need for further assessment, meaning signposting to A&E can be avoided.

What we are looking for:

The skills we are looking for from Practitioners in our Staying Well services would be:

-Experience of working in mental health services
-Knowledgeable of psycho-social factors which can precipitate crisis and impact on the safety and wellbeing of service users.
-Be experienced in offering psycho-social interventions to those with mental health difficulties.
-Knowledgeable of factors which can impact on safety for all staff working collaboratively to deliver person centred care in crisis.
-Have experience of crisis assessment in any setting that provides a safety care plan.

Career Progression: We are committed to providing a working environment where you can progress your career. We will support you to develop your skillset in this challenging and rewarding work setting.

Working for our organisation

Living and working in West Sussex: has some of the most beautiful and varied countryside in southern England and including many Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but with great access to London. Working in West Sussex gives you easy access to airports, ferries and Eurostar providing easy travel options. Sussex benefits from excellent rail links served by South Eastern Trains, South West Trains and Southern Railway.

Key Benefits: Excellent NHS Pension, Generous holiday entitlement (starting at 27 days + 8 bank holidays), Access to NHS discount schemes, support from our organisational wellbeing team, with supervision, reflective practice, and opportunities for training and development

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is committed to becoming a diverse employer and inclusive workplace. If you have specific needs or a disability and require support throughout the application or recruitment process, we can help.

Mission and Values: Our mission is to champion the rights of people with mental health difficulties and learning disabilities, working with system partners to improve the care they receive.

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Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Working in Staying Well Services: Staying Well promotes empowerment by giving people using the service opportunities to identify their own needs; support with the immediate crisis, and encouragement to make their own choices. It enables individuals to draw on their own strengths, develop coping strategies that build resilience to manage any future crises through the development of a wellness and recovery plan. Staying Well will adopt 'Upstream and Downstream' principles, providing preventative as well as responsive interventions.

We have Staying Well services in Brighton and Crawley too, and at times they may need your support.

For more information on main duties of the role please look at the attached Job Description.

However, we want to acknowledge that people often sell themselves short when looking at job requirements. So even if you don't meet every criteria, we would still love to talk to you as we may be able to offer you support or on the job training.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered Nurse, Social Work England or HCPC registered professional with current registration appropriate to the job role.
  • Degree/diploma level supplemented by specialist qualification, training, experience, courses to masters level equivalent relevant to the care group
  • Evidence of post registration training in relevant service area
  • Extensive post qualifying experience in relevant service area
  • Experience of supervising staff and students
  • Comprehensive knowledge of interventions specific to service area
  • Awareness of Trust policies and service specification
  • Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills with staff, patients, families, carers and professionals
  • Able to establish links with other services and professionals
  • Able to effectively manage risk
  • Participate in service development
  • Able to lead clinical discussions in team
  • Able to use Trust IT systems to enter patient information, case notes, risk, Care Notes

Desirable criteria
  • lived experience of mental illness

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

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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