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Bank Staying Well Practitioner

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£19.10 an hour per hour
Closing date
28 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Part Time
There are currently Staying Well services located in Brighton and Eastbourne that are provided by Southdown. Providing open access, evenings and weekends, to anyone aged over 18 years who is experiencing mental health distress including a self- defined crisis. Staying Well provides an alternative to A& E as they can access the help they need in a timely way, expecting the same outcomes as they can be referred to other teams and services. The team is fully integrated with VCSE providers working in partnership with Sussex Partnership Trust

We are looking for experienced and registered mental health professionals from all disciplines, including Social Workers, Nurses and OT to become Staying Well practitioners who will support the Recovery Workers in delivering person centred care in a safe, supportive and therapeutic environment.

If you are looking for bank work that is a different experience to your regular role, or if you are looking for extra hours this is a perfect opportunity due to the service hours. Located in the Staying Well services across East and West Sussex we have Band 6 equivalent bank shifts available.

The service operates every day of the year and the shifts are Monday to Friday from until 11pm and weekends 2pm until 11pm. Starting time for the shifts can be negotiated and dependent on your substantive role.

Some staff could be eligible for a monthly bonus if they agree a number of shifts throughout the month.

Main duties of the job

  • Provide clinical leadership to the Staying Well service, its functions and staff.
  • Work collaboratively with clients, service colleagues and other agencies to prevent A& E attendances and acute hospital admissions, delivering behaviours in line with the VCSE partners and Trust's values.
  • Work effectively with the Trusts Street Triage and Blue Light Triage teams as well as emergency services by providing the opportunity for assessment to those in crisis as an alternative to them accessing A& E, when there is no medical need.
  • Provide advice and assist with decision making, sharing any crisis and treatment plan outcomes with colleagues within Staying Well, as well as external services and agencies to gain the best person-centred outcomes for individuals in crisis.
  • Provide a range of 1:1 psycho-social interventions that could include distress intolerance techniques, Mindfulness, distraction and stabilisation, solution focussed interventions and relapse prevention/crisis planning.
  • Support Recovery Workers and Peer Workers to develop and deliver a range of group activities.
  • Provide opportunities for supervision and reflective practice to Recovery Workers and peer workers

About us

We provide mental health and learning disability care for children, young people and adults across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire.

Working in Sussex:
  • Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns
  • Embrace the city life with great access to visit Brighton and London
  • With easy access to Gatwick and excellent railway links across the UK there is plenty of opportunity for adventure

We'd love you to join our organisation that is rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the CQC. Our staff agree, in our recent staff survey 82% told us that they recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Staying Well promotes empowerment by giving clients the opportunity to identify their own needs make their own choices about what will help them developing their own coping skills and developing a recovery plan for the future that will assist if a further crisis develops.


In order to be a successful mental health practitioner within Staying Well you will be:
  • Registered with the NMC or HCPC or Social Work England
  • Experienced 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.

It is essential you have:
  • Experience of assessment in any setting that provides a safety care plan.
  • Able to deliver psycho-social interventions to reduce risk and distress to those in crisis.
  • Can work collaboratively with partner organisations to alleviate distress and deliver compassionate care.

See attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

Person Specification

essential and desirable


  • Registered Nurse, Social Work England or HCPC registered professional with current registration appropriate to the job role.
  • Degree/diploma level supplemented by specialist qualification, training, experience, courses to masters level equivalent relevant to the care group
  • Extensive post qualifying experience in relevant service area
  • Experience of supervising staff and students
  • Comprehensive knowledge of interventions specific to service area
  • Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills with staff, patients, families, carers and professionals
  • Able to establish links with other services and professionals
  • Able to effectively manage risk
  • Able to lead clinical discussions in team
  • Able to use Trust IT systems to enter patient information, case notes, risk, Care Notes
  • Able to manage distressing or emotional situations involving staff and patients as they arise


  • Lived experience of mental illness

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Brighton Staying Well team/ Eastbourne Staying Well team

Well being Hub, 18 Preston Park Avenue



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