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Sussex Partnership NHS FoundationTrust

Urgent Care Mental Health Nurse, Social worker/OT

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£28,407 - £34,581

Posted Date

29 September 2023


Closing Date

12 October 2023

An exciting opportunity has arisen in the Eastbourne Crisis Home Treatment Team for a registered nurse, qualified social worker or registered occupational therapist with experience of working with people in a community mental health setting.

You would be a key part of our multi-disciplinary service for adults with mental health challenges. This is challenging work but we receive very positive feedback from our service users and carers and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has recently achieved Outstanding for the care it provides.

Main duties of the job

You will need to be caring, compassionate and a good communicator, with a commitment to improving the lives of our service users through creative, evidence based practice. You will be responsible for working collaboratively with service users and their carers on the team caseload to create care plans that meet their needs and maximise independence.

You will need to be keen to embrace new ways of working and enthusiastic about improving clinical practice in line with the latest research and organisational learning.

If you are from the nursing profession this post can offer the Senior development programme: This is an up to 12-month structured programme for band 5 nurses. This provides a framework to enable them to meet the capabilities and competencies with a view to transition into that role.

This post is also suitable for Newly Qualified Social workers, SPFT have negotiated an in principle agreement with ESCC that NQSW can take a place on the ESCC ASYE programme.

Working for our organisation

The Trust offers the following:

- Excellent starting salary
- NHS Pension contributions
- 27 days holiday allowance plus bank holidays
- Flexible Working patterns
- Child care vouchers
- Excellent training and development opportunities
- NHS Discounts
- Employee Assistance Programme

This post offers an incentive, or a Relocation package up to a maximum of £4000 (pro rata applies and subject to terms and conditions).

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

This post will involve working with adults with complex mental health needs. CRHT is an alternative to hospital admission and you will be expected to support both the client and their carers. You will also need to be able to work cohesively with other services both within our Trust, and with other partner agencies.

All our clinicians are given opportunities to develop and grow as professionals in the organisation. We provide regular supervision, a supportive working environment and access to training opportunities to assist you to realise your potential.

We are building a new hospital in Bexhill to replace our inpatient services at the Department of Psychiatry. This means that, if you are successful in your application, you will be asked to transfer to the new facilities when they open in 2025.
Person specification
Essential criteria

- Registered Nurse with current registration (appropriate to the role)
- Completion of Mentorship course/ ENB equivalent
- Evidence of Continuous professional development

Knowledge/ Experience
Essential criteria

- Significant post qualifying experience in the relevant care group
- Experience of working alongside people with complex health problems in the designated care group
- Experience of supervising staff
- Experience of managing a caseload
- Experience of providing a range of clinical interventions to people in the designated care group with a variety of health problems
- Experience of working consultatively with professionals
- Experience of conducting clinical assessments including risk assessments
- Experience of partnership working within and across various statutory teams and agencies
- Previous experience working in the community

Essential criteria

- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Ability to communicate in a clear and unambiguous way
- Excellent negotiation and conflict resolution skills
- Ability to develop effective professional relationships
- Establish and maintain communication with individuals, families, carers and groups about difficult or complex matters overcoming any differences in communication
- Develop own skills and knowledge and provide information to others to help their development
- Skills of assessment and interpreting service user conditions with approprite actions
- Ability to work in partnership with key stakeholders
- Ability to with resistance at times, to manage own reactions to difficult situations and to act with appropriate authority and diplomacy
- IT literacy and willingness to take on new technology

Essential criteria

- Frequent and intense concentration in client assessment and formulation, both individual and group work with up to 5 hours a day in direct face to face client contact
- Liaison with multi-agencies at times, especially in emergencies requiring mental effort to coordinate possible management of a crisis
- The ability to multi task and mental adaptation to different unpredictable situations

Approach/ Values
Essential criteria

- Demonstrate support for the values and beliefs of the care group and those of the Trust
- Demonstrate an understanding of the practices of Human Rights in the delivery of this role
- Team working
- Ability to travel across sites
- Punctual and flexible across hours of work when required

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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