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Inpatient Activities Clinical Support Worker

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Haywards Heath, England
£22,816 - £24,336 PA
Closing date
14 Feb 2024

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Healthcare, Nursing
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Job overview

Are you passionate about making a difference to the lives of young people?

Does a role supporting young people in distress and experiencing a mental health crisis interest you?

Does a challenging, fast-paced role excite you?

The this could be the perfect opportunity for you...

The post holder will be supported by the teams Occupational Therapist and Ward manager as well as being supported by the nursing team.

We are a warm friendly and creative team aiming to deliver outstanding care to all of our young people and their families.

We are looking for an individual who is dynamic, compassionate a good communicator and who can to work as part of a team but also work autonomously.

Main duties of the job

The Activity Worker role includes facilitation of recreational, social activities for the young people on and off the ward.

You will be responsible for planning and running activities.

You will need to use your strong communication skills, attention to detail and motivation.

The Activity Worker role is full time 37.5 hours with potential for evening and weekend working depending on young peoples needs.

Your skills will be developed through clinical supervision and training opportunities.

You would be part of a supportive Multi-disciplinary team with opportunities to work in collaboration with colleagues including: Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Doctors, Social Workers and Psychology.

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

Working for our organisation

Chalkhill Hospital is a modern, 16 bedded unit located in Haywards Heath, West Sussex. We offer a unique and rewarding experience supporting young people to recover at a critical time in their development so they have the best chance to succeed in life.

We are fortunate to be located 20 minutes from Brighton and the seaside, close to the Sussex Downs National Park and just a short train ride away from London. The opportunity to relax outdoors has been invaluable to staff during the pandemic.

We receive consistent feedback from our staff that we are a really compassionate, friendly and fun team to work with so, come and join us!

We'd love you to join an 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
  • Provide and facilitate recreational and social activities
  • To support access and facilitation of hospital based and community based activity sessions where appropriate.
  • To actively promote the benefit of undertaking therapeutic activities within a hospital setting, to young people and other team members.
  • To ensure all young people are aware of activities which may be of benefit to them and how these can be accessed.
  • To communicate to other team members the therapeutic aim/ purpose of activities.
  • To communicate with the team activities that are being planned to ensure safe running of the shift
  • To initiate, develop and implement new activities in response to service users' needs, where appropriate following evidence based practice.
  • With the MDT carry out relevant risk assessment in regards to young people and planned activity.
  • To ensure therapeutic areas and appropriate materials are prepared for use in the activities, monitoring potential risk.
  • To be responsive to young peoples needs and choices; and uphold their right to be treated with dignity and respect.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • A recognised qualification in an area related to the workplace or equivalent technical/life skills
  • Evidence of a commitment to lifelong learning
  • Health care or relevant NVQ level 3 or equivalent skills


Essential criteria
  • Experience of working with people with mental health needs in a paid or voluntary capacity
  • Experience of working with people with mental health difficulties
  • Experience of being supervised

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

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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