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General Manager - Forensic Health Service Community

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Hellingly, England
£58,972 - £68,525 per annum
Closing date
16 Feb 2024

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Contract Type
Full Time

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Job overview

To manage the development and provision of high-quality specialist services for the Community Forensic Health service area within the resources available. The services for which the post holder is responsible will be multi-disciplinary and led by the Leadership Team

Main duties of the job

  • The post holder is responsible for the community Forensic Healthcare Services and is accountable to the Service Director
  • The delivery of excellent services within that area through the management and deployment of both health and social services resources within a defined
  • Participate in the development of the LT and facilitate clinicians/ practitioners to become involved in service planning and decision
  • Contributes to the development, implementation and monitoring of
  • To ensure recommendations from Serious Untoward Incidents (SUIs), near misses, complaints and other incidents are implemented, and maximise trust wide learning by identifying and any trends

Lead on designated projects

Working for our organisation

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health and learning disability care for children, young people and adults across Sussex.

Working in Sussex:
  • Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns there's always new experiences to be enjoyed
  • 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 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
  • Work effectively within the LT facilitating trust, holding self and colleagues to account appropriately and demonstrating personal commitment to integrated (managerial/ professional) leadership
  • Achieve a defined set of health and social care performance targets, in accordance with contractual requirements and the performance framework for Monitor, the Care Quality Commission, and other relevant statutory and professional bodies
  • Provide services within the agreed financial resources and achieve all financial targets, including cost efficiency savings, ensuring maximum value in terms of clinical and cost effectiveness
  • To actively contribute in the planning and delivery of the business objectives, service plans and change projects, ensuring customer focus, consistency, quality, and cost effectiveness
  • Respond to Serious Untoward Incidents (SUIs), complaints and communications, ensuring timely and thorough investigation, disseminating recommendations and monitoring that actions are fully implemented
  • Identify risks and take corrective action in line with trusts integrated governance framework
  • Promote through personal actions support for the Trust's key policies on Equality and Diversity, Exemplar Employer and use of the recovery orientated approach for people with longer term problem
  • Contribute to external groups and specific projects and work streams as required e.g. within the local health and social care community

* Deputises for the Service Director and colleagues as required, representing the Trust responsibly at all times.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Educated to degree/ diploma level with a relevant qualification or equivalent experience
  • Clinical/post graduate management qualification to masters or equivalent level of experience and proven ability to perform at this level


Essential criteria
  • Extensive experience of and demonstrable achievement in managing health/social care services
  • Management of resources and good track record with change management, efficiency savings and financial recovery plans.
  • Experience of modernising services without additional resources.
  • Experience of developing and maintaining effective partnerships with stakeholders in the redesign of services
  • Experience of project management and imaginative planning
  • Experience of managing a diverse practitioner team (multi site).
  • Measurable track record in involving and motivating staff to improve performance.

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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