Community Mental Health Practitioner

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,292 to £42,618 a year per annum
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Community Mental Health Practitioner - East Sussex - Band 6 - Full-Time permanent post

Are you an enthusiastic, qualified Occupational Therapist, Social Worker or Mental Health Nurse with experience of working in mental health services?

Our adult community services are currently undergoing a really positive transformation and we need your expertise to help lead and embed the changes to ensure our service users get the full benefits for their recovery journeys.

The post is based with the Assessment and Treatment Service at Hill Rise in Newhaven, which is a fishing town on the Sussex coast that sits in the beautiful South Downs National Park. The vibrant city of Brighton is just a short drive away and there are regular train links to London. You can even get the ferry to France if you fancy a trip.

Here at Hill rise, we have a strong set of values that imbue everything we do. If you work for us, you will be involved in bold and innovative service improvements and take part in researching new evidence-based practices. You will be given every opportunity you need, to develop professionally to enhance your clinical skills and to realize your potential.

Main duties of the job

The Hill Rise Assessment and Treatment Service is part of a lively multi-disciplinary service for adults with severe mental illness. The role is all about improving outcomes for this patient group, working creatively with patients and their Carers to co-create care and risk plans that will help them achieve their goals and to live as independently as possible. This key to success is often about building effective partnerships with GPs, Crisis services, housing and other third sector providers or we might decide to refer patients onto one of our more specialist services, such as our Early intervention in Psychosis or Eating disorders.

You must be enthusiastic, self-motivated, flexible and able to work as part of multidisciplinary team and demonstrate a commitment to the recovery model.

If you are a newly qualified and interested in a development post, please do apply and contact us if you would like to learn more about our preceptorship pathway.

About us

As a mental health trust Sussex Partnership places a huge focus on the wellbeing of our staff, as well as ensuring our reward packages reflect the immensely important work they do.

As a community mental health practitioner in our team we can offer you:
  • Access to numerous wellbeing and support programmes, run by our internal wellbeing team
  • Excellent supervision programmes, with ongoing opportunities for training and development
  • Flexible working patterns
  • Access to a host of discount schemes (including gyms, shopping, restaurants and cars)
  • A position within a trust rated as 'Outstanding' for caring and 'Good' overall by the CQC
  • Generous holiday entitlement (starting at 27 days + 8 bank holidays)
  • If you are a Nurse we can also offer a 'Golden Hello' or relocation package of up to �2000 (see attached documentation)

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Duties & ResponsibilitiesProfessional functions1. To develop & maintain specialist clinical skills and expertise2. To receive and assess referrals.3. To offer advice on management of patients with mental health issues.4. To ensure mental health and psychosocial assessment, care and support of each client is appropriate to individual needs.5. To develop care plans and then to review and evaluate effectiveness.6. To effectively signpost patients to other services and agencies where appropriate.7. To map community resources for people with mental health problems8. To work with third sector partners to promote integrated care pathways9. To keep patient records up to date with timely, accurate and comprehensive information10. To produce and keep up to date risk assessments11. To provide clinical advice / consultation and staff support to other health professionals as appropriate within the community.12. To know how to access appropriate services and develop effective networks and channels of communications.13. To adhere to a code of Professional Conduct.14. To attend case conferences & meetings as relevant to the job description.15. Work in accordance with Sussex Partnership Foundation NHS and East Sussex Hospital trusts policies, guidelines and protocols.

Managerial1. To monitor and evaluate functioning of the service by maintaining meaningful statistics that reflect work undertaken.2. To assist in the selection of staff and to participate in their induction as required.3. To supervise students and band 5 staff if required.

Educational1. To identify ones own training needs through a Personal Development Plan (PDP). Access relevant courses/conferences nationally or locally2. To demonstrate awareness of research and its applications to clinical practice.3. To participate in monthly clinical supervision and weekly team supervision.

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Hill Rise

Church Hill



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