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Mental Health Practitioner

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 have the perfect development opportunity for an enthusiastic mental health professional who is committed to providing quality care to patients with mental health problems and to developing him/herself professionally. The post sits in an established Community mental health service in Horsham, North West Sussex, an attractive town and rural area that is well connected to London and Brighton. You would be part of a multi-disciplinary team providing recovery focussed assessment and treatments for patients with complex mental health problems. The team is part of the exciting, newly formed, North West Sussex Clinical Delivery Service. The post is suitable for qualified Social Workers, Occupational therapists and mental health nurses with at least 1 year’s experience of working with patients with mental health difficulties.

You will need to have demonstrated skills and expertise in carrying out mental health needs and risk assessments and be able to plan and execute interventions. Experience of working directly with carers and groups would be useful. You will need to be clinically competent and confident in working with individuals in community settings and be able to work effectively in a multi-professional context. You should have a collaborative style and be able to work well as part of a team as well as having a passion and commitment to develop and improve service provision. You need to be a good communicator. You need to be flexible and take a proactive approach to your work. As well as providing specialist assessment and individual treatment within the service, you will be required to undertake all the duties associated with holding a diverse caseload. You will periodically be required to assess new referrals, provide Duty cover for the service and to take on Care Coordination responsibility. High quality recording is essential. Our forward looking and supportive team will encourage you to develop your own specialist skills, knowledge and competence through participation, reflection, supervision and training and your development will be guided using the Trusts appraisal process. There are opportunities for supervision and development of unqualified staff and students. The post is based at New Park House in Horsham.

For further details / informal visits contact:
Simon Hellyer 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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