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Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Mental Health Practitioner

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£35,392 to £42,618

Posted Date

13 June 2023


Closing Date

20 June 2023

Are you a RMN, OT or Social Worker, with experience working in a mental health setting? Perhaps you're looking for a change? To improve or expand your current skills? Are you passionate about working with children and young people with mental health problems?

The Urgent Help Service is a specialist Sussex wide CAMHS Crisis intervention team, offering a brief crisis and home treatment support for children and young people as part of a multi-agency approach to meet the health and social care needs of children and young people who use our service.

We are a small and flexible team, offering support in family's homes, schools and other community settings. You'll get to see the beauty of Sussex in these exciting and partially lone working roles.

Main duties of the job

- To Access Assess young people who may be in need of urgent support to ascertain if they can be considered for crisis support in the community or require admission to a T4 unit
- To provide support and treatment for young people to enable them to stay at home during a mental health crisis
- To support T4 units by reducing length of time young people stay in hospital, but supporting discharge.
- To provide consultation and support to young people undergoing Mental Health Act Assessment
- To contribute to the management of a team caseload of clients in the community with a range of complex needs.
- To support day-to-day management of junior staff, through supervision and appraisal and duty shifts
- To support, and participate in, the planning, development and evaluation of the team

About us

The Trust provides mental health and learning disability care for all ages across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire.

Living & Working in Sussex:

- Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns
- Embrace the outstanding natural beauty spots including the iconic Beachy Head and Seven Sisters National Park
- Known as 'The Sunshine Coast', Eastbourne offers a traditional Victorian seafront combined with the more modern Sovereign Harbour Marina

We'd love you to join our Trust, rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the CQC. Our staff agree, recent staff survey results told us that 82% 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 in their team
- 77% identifying the opportunities to show initiative in their roles

To protect the health and safety of our staff/workers, patients, and those attending our sites, we encourage our workforce to get fully vaccinated against COVID.

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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

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

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


- 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

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.

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