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Registered Mental Health Nurse

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
East Sussex
£28,407 to £34,581 a year per annum
Closing date
6 Jun 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you recently qualified or a third year student? Or are you a qualified Nurse looking to gain experience in Forensic Mental Health Services?

We would love to hear from you!

The Forensic Rotation Program is an 18-month program allowing Band 5 RMNs to experienceworking in a range of forensic placements.

Each rotation is bespoke to you. All nurses will choose three settings to gain six month experience in. You can choose from
  • Medium Secure High Dependency Admissions Ward
  • Medium Secure Recovery Unit
  • Low Secure Services.
  • Forensic Outreach Liaison Service
  • Sussex Liaison and Diversion Service (This will need enhanced vetting
  • Forensic Community Services
  • Women's Secure Service Pathway including Medium and Low Secure units.

We recognise that the first year post qualifying can feel overwhelming, so we are committed toproviding a package of both clinical and academic support.

Every nurse has access to Forensic Consultant Nurses, pre-rotation learning objectives, anidentified rotation mentor, monthly peer reflective practice, clinical supervision and a forensicspecific preceptee program. Alongside this all band 5 nurses are supported via the SussexPartnership Preceptee program.

Main duties of the job

To deliver a high standard of evidence based inpatient nursing care in the designated care group in partnership with the team, the service users and where appropriate their family

To act as a primary nurse or lead practitioner in the assessment of needs and organising of care.

To co-ordinate shifts and provide supervision for support workers and students.

To work within a team of nurses and other professionals who are committed to the deliveryof a quality service.

To adopt a flexible approach to hours of duty, in order to meet the needs of the serviceover a 24-hour period.

To take charge of a designated clinical area and deputise as appropriate.

To represent the Ward Manager and/or care team, at appropriate forums and disseminateinformation as required.

To represent the clinical team perspective at multidisciplinary meetings and clinical reviewsof patient care.

To be an active participant in the multi-disciplinary team, formulating care plans andutilising appropriate assessments.

About us

What we offer:

A permanent Band 5 post whilst on rotation program

A band 5 nursing post at end of rotation in Forensic Healthcare Services.

Support to apply for a Band 6 nursing post within Forensics.

This post offers a Golden Hello, or a Relocation package up to a maximum of �2000. (pro rata applies and subject to terms and conditions. Please see attached Protocol document).

Full time and part applications will be accepted

We truly believe that Forensic Health Care services offers a career for life tonurses who are committed to delivering excellent, evidence based clinical care.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To undertake assessments of individuals and their families and carers as appropriateadmitted to inpatient care, including service users presenting with high risk. To developcare plans and discharge plans in collaboration with the service user and their families andcarers.

In conjunction with the multi disciplinary teams, assess and manage risks as identifiedthrough assessment. To regularly review risk factors and work in conjunction with the MDTto modify care plans.

To act as the Primary Nurse for inpatient stay and lead practitioner in community services.

To ensure that clinical practice is evidenced based and consistent with relevant NICEguidelines and Trust policies and procedures.

To provide supervision of junior staff and student nurses where appropriate.

To maintain and contribute to standards of professional care, ethics, policies andprocedures.

Ensure that all clinical records are maintained and that other systems and good practice,such as handovers, occur for all staff to communicate effectively.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse with current registration (mental health / LD/ Adult) appropriate to the job role



  • Knowledge of MHA (1983/2007).
  • Knowledge of Mental Capacity Act (2005), to include practical knowledge of FACE documentation, DOLS and Best Interest decisions
  • Child and Adult safe guarding procedures
  • Change management, organising and prioritising workloads
  • Demonstrate ability to enhance care through evidence based knowledge
  • Demonstrate professional development relevant to the care group.
  • Demonstrates ability to assess and manage clinical risk

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


The Hellingly Centre

The Drive, Hellingly

East Sussex

BN27 4ER

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