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Senior Mental Health Practitioner Developmental post -Incentives Apply

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
12 Dec 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Would you like the opportunity to work in a specialist Veteran mental health team?

If you are looking for a great start to your nursing career or already an experienced band 5 nurse looking for a new challenge, then Op Courage is offering a unique opportunity. We will offer you a supported 12 month career progression starting with us as a band 5 and attaining the required knowledge and skills standards to become a band 6!

We are looking for an experienced mental health practitioner to join our lively and passionate mental health team supporting veterans and reservists presenting with mental health problems and their families. Some of our team have a personal connection to veteran's, either with a military background or holding a close relationship with someone who does.

We cover Kent, Surrey and Sussex and deliver assessments, support and psychological therapy within our the OP Courage team. We support veterans with a range of mental health needs ranging from anxiety and depression to complex PTSD.

Working for your organisation

We are an expanding and exciting specialist service within SPFT, working regional in the south east and nationally as part of the NHS armed forces networks for Op courage.

This post offers an incentive or relocation package up to the maximum of �4000 (pro rata applies and subject to terms and conditions).

Main duties of the job

To provide a comprehensive assessment of mental health specific to needs of service area.To manage a caseload of clients with complex mental health needs and undertake case management/lead professional/ CPA as needed.To be able to communicate with and meet the needs of families and carers as appropriate to the care group and the individual client.To have experience of and specialist knowledge on interventions to be able to lead in clinical area.

To receive management supervision from the team lead or equivalent.To demonstrate excellent communication skills.

To establish professional links with other care groups and professionals.To administer medication within NMC guidelines and the Trusts Medicines Code.To work in partnership with other agencies to gain the best person centred outcomes for the individual.

About us

Support the Trust's visions and values and in particular the promotion of a positive approach to diversity, equality, rights, and treating others with dignity and respect to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage in service delivery and employment, and to manage, support or comply by adhering to the Trust's Equality and Diversity Policy.

To protect the health and safety of our staff/workers, patients, and those attending our sites, we encourage our workforce to get fully vaccinated against COVID

Job description

Job responsibilities

The role of the Mental Health practitioner within Op Courage is to work in partnership with service users in the designated care group with complex health presentations, developing their care plans and recovery plans to enable them to lead fulfilling lives.

You will demonstrate an understanding of clinical interventions relevant to the care group to include education, care plans and discharge planning,working closely with carers, families and partner agencies to facilitate this.

The post holder will work at all times to promote the safety and the well being of service users and their families/carers. The post holder will assess, plan and implement care, and provide specialist nursing advice and carry out specialist nursing procedures.

You will provide clinical supervision to staff and students.

To undertake any other such duties as may reasonably fall within the remit of the post, as required by the Manager/Supervisor

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse with current registration [mental health/LD/Adult], appropriate to the job role
  • Completion of Mentorship Course/ENB equivalent
  • Evidence of continuous professional development



  • 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 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 and non statutory teams and agencies
  • Experience of working within the CPA process
  • Understanding of clinical governance
  • Previous experience of working in the community

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Wentworth House, Crawley Hospital

West Green Drive


RH11 7DH

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