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Community Psychiatric Nurse

Job Description

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust specialises in working with people who are experiencing mental health difficulties and those with learning disabilities. As a Trust we make a positive difference to thousands of people’s lives across Sussex, Kent and Hampshire, providing support so that they can fulfil their potential and enjoy healthy lives.

We believe that staff who feel valued by the Trust and are truly engaged in the organisation deliver better outcomes for our patients and we are always looking for people with the right core values to join our team. The Trust is clinician-led, and provides the highest possible level of clinical expertise throughout its services.

Our vision is to provide outstanding care and treatment you can be confident in. To achieve the highest standards we have already embarked on a programme to transform the culture of the Trust to one of continuous improvement, delivered through participation of all staff and with service users, carers and families at the heart of our efforts.

We are looking for an experienced and motivated CPN to support a specific medication reduction project for people with a learning disability in the Eastbourne Downs and Weald area.

This role is at Band 6 and would ideally suit an experienced community practitioner who is used to working with complexity, accustomed to collaborating across services to deliver results and has experience working with complex systems of support.

The project is under the direct supervision of our team’s Consultant Psychiatrist, and is aimed at achieving demonstrable improvements in patient health through the focused reduction and stabilisation of medication regimes. The successful candidate will work with a focused range of patients to deliver these health improvements, in line with up to date NIHCE Guidance and existing Clinical Pathways.

We are looking for someone who may have a good range of skills and experience and enjoys working in a multidisciplinary team. Experience of working with people with disabilities might be an advantage, but is not necessary for someone with the right values.

We work closely with social care colleagues, as well as colleagues in Primary Care and other specialist secondary services. Our service works hard to foster good joint working relationships wherever they are needed to meet the needs of disabled people.

What we offer:
The opportunity to develop skills working with individuals with a learning disability in a strong supportive team with dedicated supportive leaders & local care management, excellent supervision &support to reflect and learn with professional and team colleagues. The community team has a strong reputation for being a supportive environment to work in and actively supports team members overcome engagement and communication barriers.

This post is initially a 6 month fixed term contract with some flexibility around start date and hours.

For further details / informal visits contact:
Julia Howe (team leader) on  ( Phone number removed ) 

We appreciate every application that we receive but regret that we are unable to advise every candidate if they have not been shortlisted. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date then it is probably the case that you have not been shortlisted, however this should not discourage you from applying again.

In the event of an excessive number of applicants the Trust does reserve 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.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly a Work Permit)

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

UK Registration

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