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Senior Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - Incentives Apply

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Hailsham, England
£43,742 - £50,056 pa
Closing date
19 Feb 2024

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Healthcare, Nursing
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Job overview

Are you a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a passion for working with children and young people who have experienced significant trauma and have complex needs?

Are you motivated by a role where you can make a huge difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable individuals in the community?

If so, our senior nursing position at Lansdowne Secure Children's Home in Hailsham, East Sussex is the role for you!

This is an exciting and challenging opportunity for a knowledgeable, dynamic Mental Health Nurse. You will be joining a friendly, supportive and creative multi-disciplinary team, dedicated to providing a high-quality service that addresses the health inequalities experienced by our young people.

Please note: Although we are seeking to recruit a Band 7 Mental Health Senior Nurse Practitioner (who has a NMP qualification, or a willingness to complete the training), we would also welcome applications from nurses at Band 6 who would like to train as non-medical nurse prescriber and are interested in a development role.

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

Your main duties will involve:

• Initial assessment of mental health, neuro-disability and risk on a young person's entry to Lansdowne, updating and reviewing on a regular basis

• Providing collaborative and individualised evidence based care plans, liaising with and supporting multiagency working

• Contributing to the creation and review of a multidisciplinary and multiagency formulation about the young person's presenting difficulties and needs

• Providing short-term treatment/interventions with a small cohort of young people

• Supporting the day-to-day social care staff in the maintenance of a trauma informed therapeutic milieu

• Leading on the use of our clinical information system (Systm1), updating assessment and MDT care planning and supporting care staff with medication information

• Leading on the use of NHS Improvements Telemedicine Exponential (online access to health care)

This is a full time (1 WTE) post.

Working for our organisation

Sussex Partnership provides mental health and learning disability care for children, young people and adults across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire.

We encourage flexible working. We know that a positive work/life balance brings about huge health related benefits, which has a positive impact on the care we provide. Please speak to us about flexible working, for example, flexible start/finish times or anything else. If it works for you and works for the role, we'll do our best to make it happen.

We'd love you to join our Trust that is rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the CQC. 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

In order to be a successful Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in our team you will be:

- Registered with the NMC

- Experienced in risk management

- Comfortable working in a fast-paced and varied role

- Adaptable, organised, compassionate and a team player

- Experienced working within a mental health setting

It would also be advantageous if you are:

- Experienced working in CAMHS (Children and Young People's Mental Health Services) and/or inpatient settings, experience with developmental trauma, neuro-disability and/or forensic CAMHS.

- A nurse prescriber qualification would also be desirable - and if not already an interest in completing this qualification would be essential.

Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details of the role.

The setting

Lansdowne Secure Children's Home is 12 bedded provision for young people aged 12-17. The young people are placed with us for welfare reasons, secured under the Children's Act (1989), Section 25. They have a history of persistent absconding and are likely to continue to abscond from anything other than secure accommodation, during which episodes they are likely to suffer significant harm, or injure themselves or others. The young people have complex needs and are described as 'high need/high vulnerability/high risk'.

The IHEWS Team

The Integrated Health & Emotional Wellbeing Service (IHEWS) is an embedded multidisciplinary health team commissioned by NHS England to support the physical and mental healthcare needs of young people at Lansdowne Secure Children's Home (SCH). It is a small, welcoming and supportive team of 6.5 wte across physical and mental health nursing, psychology, occupational therapy, psychiatry, speech and language therapy and administration.

You will need to be able to work autonomously but will also work closely with the Physical Health Senior Nurse Practitioner and the wider multi-disciplinary health team and will receive supervision from both a Senior Nurse in the SPFT Acute CAMHS Nursing team and a Clinical Psychologist in the IHEWS.

IHEWS aims to:

1. Improve the health and wellbeing outcomes of the young people - this will help address health inequalities and provide an environment which enables good health and wellbeing.

2. Help improve trauma informed understanding and practice in the wider health, social care and educational setting - this will enhance psychological knowledge and skills of all staff groups and support organisational development.

3. Support the development of emotionally resilient staff who feel cared for, safe and supported - this will provide the most helpful therapeutic environment for the complex young people cared for in this setting.

The trust

You will be part of an active team of nurses in CAMHS and will be welcomed to local professional meetings and CPD events that focus on professional issues and supporting children and young people, with colleagues from all branches of nursing.

The trust is committed to supporting its nurses to progress professionally across the 4 pillars of nursing - Clinical Practice, Facilitating Learning, Leadership and Evidence, Research and Development. A copy of the CAMHS and Specialist Services Nursing Strategy 2022-2027 can be found here.

You will be supported by the IHEWS with the space and time to grow and develop in your nursing role.


For more information about the post at Lansdowne Secure Children's Home please contact:

Nicola Chainey - Head of Service CAMHS Acute - 01444 472670


Dr Rachel Swann - Consultant Clinical Psychologist for the Integrated Health and Emotional Wellbeing Service (IHEWS) - - 07887 571735

For information about working for SPFT as a mental health nurse in the CAMHS directorate please contact:

We are happy to arrange informal visits -Please apply using the link in this advert, or for more information explore the attachments or contact:

Nicola Chainey - Head of Service CAMHS Acute - 01444 472670


Rachel Swann - Consultant Clinical Psychologist for the Integrated Health and Emotional Wellbeing Service (IHEWS): - 01323 466270

Interview date: TBC

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Degree/Diploma in occupational therapy or Nursing/Social Work
  • Evidence of post qualification study
  • Registration with the HPC, NMC or Social Work England
  • Training in the use of standardised assessment tools


Essential criteria
  • Extensive experience as a qualified mental health practitioner
  • Broad experience of working with young people with a range of mental health problems
  • Experience of multidisciplinary working
  • Experience of supervising staff and students
  • Experience with Looked after and Adopted children
  • Experience of multi-agency work
  • Experience in applying a range of assessment tools and a comprehensive knowledge of clinical approaches

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.

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