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Sussex Partnership NHS FoundationTrust

Staying Well Practitioner

Job Type



South East



£35,392 - £42,618

Posted Date

9 July 2024

St Leonards On Sea

Closing Date

23 July 2024

Our organisation is expanding and we're looking for people with the right values, skills and/or potential to join us. We need people with energy, expertise, enthusiasm to help us provide the very best possible specialist NHS mental health and learning disability care. This involves helping us achieve our strategy to improve the quality of life for the communities we serve through People, Prevention and Partnerships.

So what can we offer you in return?

We're an organisation which puts people first. We'll do everything possible to help you feel respected, valued and included. We'll help you learn, acquire new skills and gain further experience to support your career development. And we'll provide the opportunity for you to bring your fresh ideas to work about how we can do things differently and continue improving.

You will also be joining a health and care system committed to working together to do the best we can for the communities we serve. Above all, at Sussex Partnership you'll have the chance to make a difference to the lives of the patients, carers and families across our communities.

As a Trust we are committed in making a difference. Your development is important to us, so don't forget to ask us during interview what opportunities we can offer. We can offer fully funded lifelong learning opportunities such as an apprenticeship from GCSE to Masters level.

If you like the sound of that, then come and join our team.
Job overview

We're looking for Staying Well Practitioners to join our team in Hastings which is co-produced with Southdown, a VCSE partner in Sussex.

We are looking for experienced and registered mental health professionals from all disciplines, including Social Workers, M H Nurses and OT's. For these roles it is essential you are registered with NMC/HCPC/Social Work England & that you have experience of crisis assessment in any setting that provides a safety care plan

The service operates every day, the shifts are Monday to Friday 4pm until 11pm and weekends 2pm until 11pm with generous enhancements for evening and weekend working.

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).

Main duties of the job

Based on a 'crisis café' model, the service provides an opportunity for anyone over 18 years experiencing a mental health crisis, including a self- defined crisis, to attend as an alternative to A&E. They will find a welcoming environment with a supportive and responsive team of mental health workers available.

As a registered mental health professional, we ask you to support Recovery Workers in delivering person centred care in a safe, supportive and therapeutic environment, that is conducive to reducing emotional and psychological distress, promoting independence, and assist in the recovery for all adult mental health users of services in the community.

Sussex Partnership mental health professionals on site are Trusted Assessors and are able to ensure a smooth transition into crisis services should this be required without the need for further assessment, meaning signposting to A&E can be avoided.

The skills we are looking for from Practitioners in our Staying Well services would be:
-Experience of working in mental health services
-Knowledgeable of psycho-social factors which can precipitate crisis and impact on the safety and wellbeing of service users.
-Be experienced in offering psycho-social interventions to those with mental health difficulties.
-Knowledgeable of factors which can impact on safety for all staff working collaboratively to deliver person centred care in crisis.
-Have experience of crisis assessment in any setting that provides a safety care plan.

Working for our organisation

Career Progression: We are committed to providing a working environment where you can progress your career. We will support you to develop your skillset in this challenging and rewarding work setting.

Key Benefits: Excellent NHS Pension, Generous holiday entitlement (starting at 27 days + 8 bank holidays), Access to NHS discount schemes, support from our organisational wellbeing team, with supervision reflective practice, and opportunities for training and development

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is committed to becoming a diverse employer and inclusive workplace. If you have specific needs or a disability and require support throughout the application or recruitment process, we can help.

Mission and Values: Our mission is to champion the rights of people with mental health difficulties and learning disabilities, working with system partners to improve the care they receive.
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Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Working in Staying Well Services: Staying Well promotes empowerment by giving people using the service opportunities to identify their own needs; support with the immediate crisis, and encouragement to make their own choices. It enables individuals to draw on their own strengths, develop coping strategies that build resilience to manage any future crises through the development of a wellness and recovery plan. Staying Well will adopt 'Upstream and Downstream' principles, providing preventative as well as responsive interventions.

For more information on main duties of the role please look at the attached Job Description.

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