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Mental Health Practitioner - Incentives Apply

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Haywards Heath, England
£35,392 - £42,618 per anum
Closing date
23 Feb 2024

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Healthcare, Nursing
Contract Type
Full Time

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Job overview

Ready to make a change? Want to expand your skills and work with a passionate team? If you're a Registered Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist, or Social Worker with experience in mental health settings, we want to hear from you!

We are seeking an enthusiastic and passionate Mental Health Practitioner to join the Urgent Help Service a Crisis Team in our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

You will work in partnership with families to develop personalised care plans that support recovery for those with complex mental health presentations, working within least restrictive principles, and admission avoidance to T4 inpatient settings.

Our multi-disciplinary team consists of Senior Nurses, Registered Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Operational Leads, Consultant Psychiatrist, Graduate Mental Health Practitioners and Support Workers.

This role offers you the opportunity to work autonomously in the community, offering face to face visits to young people across East and West Sussex and will be a key player in service development as we review and expand our service.

If you're ready to take the next step in your career and make a meaningful difference in the lives of others, we encourage you to apply!

Main duties of the job

As a Mental Health Practitioner, you'll play a crucial role in providing care and support to service users with complex mental health needs. Your work will involve collaborating with various stakeholders, including other healthcare professionals, social workers, and community organisations, to ensure that your clients receive the best possible care.

Some of the key responsibilities of your role will include crisis risk assessments and risk management, care planning, collaborative working, supporting junior colleagues and crisis duty work to help young people stay in the community.

Overall, your work as a Mental Health Practitioner will be challenging, but also incredibly rewarding. By providing compassionate care and support to service users in need, you'll be making a meaningful difference in their lives and helping them to achieve their full potential.

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).

Working for our organisation

We understand that job seekers today are looking for more than just a pay check. That's why we are proud to offer a comprehensive benefits package that goes beyond just a salary. Here are just some additional details about the benefits we provide to our employees:

NHS Discounts: Our employees can take advantage of a range of discounts across the NHS, including discounts on travel, shopping, and leisure activities.

Generous holiday entitlement: Starting at 27 days + 8 bank holidays.

Flexible Working Patterns: We understand that you have other responsibilities outside of work, which is why we offer flexible working patterns to help you balance both your personal and professional lives. If it works for you and works for the role, we'll do our best to make it happen.

NHS Pension Contributions: You can rest easy knowing that we're contributing towards your future retirement with one of the most respected pension schemes in the UK.

Child Care Vouchers: We know how expensive childcare can be, that's why we offer child care vouchers to help our employees with the cost of childcare.

Excellent Training and Development Opportunities: We believe in investing in your professional development, which is why we offer a range of training and development opportunities to help you grow and develop in your career.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities


In order to be successful in this role you will:
  • Be a qualified RMN, OT or Social Worker, registered with the relevant professional body
  • Have good experience of clinical assessments and risk management
  • Possess prior experience working with people with mental health difficulties
  • Driving and car owner essential

It would also be advantageous if you:
  • Have experience working in a community team although not essential

You will be fully supported and empowered to make a difference to creatively develop new ways of working towards building safe and responsive quality mental health services fit for the future. We are currently undertaking a number of Quality Improvement projects to improve the service further

See attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Professional Health or Social Care Registration (NMC or HCPC)
  • Mentorship Course / ENB998 or equivalent
  • Evidence of CPD


Essential criteria
  • Significant post qualification experience
  • Experience of working with people with serious mental Health problems
  • Experience of risk assessment of & research into suicide and self-harm
  • Experience of working with self-harm client group

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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