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Urgent Care Practitioner - The Haven

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

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Healthcare, Nursing
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Job overview

An opportunity has arisen for an Urgent Care Practitioner (Band 6 Registered Mental Health Nurse) to join The Haven team based at Meadowfield Hospital in Worthing.

What is The Haven?

The Haven at Meadowfield is a 24/7 nurse-led crisis assessment unit, refurbished and opened in January 2022.

The Haven aims to prevent the need for A&E attendance where people are experiencing a mental health crisis and require a period of time (up to 23 hours) for assessment and support with onward care and treatment planning.

Main duties of the job

At the Haven, practitioners are confident and work with a great deal of autonomy. Colleagues are expected to be able to assess whether patients referred are suitable to attend, conduct thorough and holistic assessments. It is expected that nurses are able to plan onward care collaboratively with the person accessing services as well as family and carers enabling safe and effective discharge back into the community and continued recovery from a period of illness.

We screen and consider referrals from a range of allied professionals including the police, ambulance colleagues, community mental health teams, and mental health liaison teams in A&E departments.

Working at The Haven offers practitioners the opportunity to further develop skills in conducting holistic assessments of a persons' wellbeing, care and treatment planning, a broader understanding of mental health pathways and options for supporting people outside of hospital settings, confidence in collaborating with people accessing services as well as family/carers, and autonomy in delivering high quality care and treatment planning.

Confidence in working autonomously is fostered through working alongside supportive colleagues, having regular team socials and reflective practice, bespoke training for the team, and a highly supportive management structure. The Haven team pride ourselves on the level of support we offer one-and-other to contribute toward achieving the best outcomes for people accessing our services.

Working for our organisation

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

Working in Sussex:
  • Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns
  • 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 CQC. Our staff agree, in our recent staff survey 82% told us that they recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

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

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, home-working, part time hours, 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.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

We are looking for motivated, flexible, reliable and experienced practitioners who are keen to continue developing their skills in holistically supporting individuals experiencing mental health crisis who want to take on a new challenge and broaden their skills and knowledge.

We have worked to build an established staff team, and are looking to fill the small gap that remains in our team. Please do apply if you think you might want to join our lovely team - we look forward to hearing from you!

This post offers the Trust's £8,000 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).

As our Coastal Urgent Care Pathway moves towards CORE 24 standards, the post holder would need to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service which could include working unsociable hours within a 24/7 service. This role supports the work of and across Urgent Care Teams (CRHTT, The Haven, Mental Health Liaison team and the Liaison Suite at Worthing General Hospital) and as such the post holder may be expected to work across these teams as required.

Working unsocial hours does bring a salary increase, in line with Agenda for Change guidelines.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered Mental Nurse,
  • Mentorship, ENB 998 or level 3 module in teaching and assessing in clinical practice


Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act (2005) and DOL's
  • Knowledge of the MHA (1983/2007)

Analytical & Judgement skill

Essential criteria
  • Excellent clinical skills

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



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Healthcare Support Workers 

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