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Mental Health Practitioner (Primary Care Network) - Incentives Apply

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Brighton and Hove
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
29 Dec 2023
The Brighton and Hove Emotional Wellbeing Service (B& H EWS) is recruiting to a Band 6 Nursing / OT / Social Work role in its new Primary Care Network (PCN) mental health teams. The EWS aims to provide GPs with fast access to mental health expertise at the right level, preventing further escalation in need.

The people we work with are usually unable to access IAPT services, but may not meet the threshold for secondary care. We have excellent links to other teams locally to ensure service users move seamless if we aren't best placed to help them. This includes third sector agencies, but also ATS, IAPT, and other SPFT teams.

EWSroles are embedded right in the GP Primary Care Networks (small groups of local GP surgeries) but benefit from being part of the SPFT family, with excellent training and supervision as standard. This exciting and evolving service integrates closely with voluntary sector partners (Southdown) to provide accessible, high quality clinical consultation, assessment, and one-to-one intervention right on the GP's doorstep.

Main duties of the job

The B& H EWS is a developing service presently focussing on flexible, short term one-to-one work. This exciting team offers opportunity and challenge in equal measure to experienced practitioners wanting to be at the forefront of the transformation of Brighton and Hove's community mental health services. This role is based in an established EWS team in East and Central PCN.

Working in the B& H EWS, you will encounter people experiencing a range of mental health needs, and as a Band 6 practitioner you will be sufficiently skilled and experienced to triage, assess, and provide clinical interventions of up to 6-8 sessions to support their recovery. You will work in partnership with our voluntary sector and GP surgery colleagues and communicate closely with service users, GPs, secondary care services (ATS, crisis teams, etc), carers, and voluntary sector networks to make sure people's needs are understood at the earliest point, providing a bridge between primary and secondary care when necessary.

Your interventions will be vital to preventing deterioration in previously stable patients, supporting people to transition to the right services, and supporting GPs and voluntary sector colleagues to provide safe, evidence-based mental health support. The team supports blended working options within the needs of the service, and of service users.

About us

Sussex Partnership places a huge focus on the wellbeing of our staff, and ensures our reward packages reflect the immensely important work they do. We know that a positive work / life balance brings about massive health-related benefits, which has a positive impact on the care we provide. Please speak to us about flexible working, for example: home-working, part time hours, flexible start or finish times, or anything else. If it works for you and works for the role, we'll do our best to make it happen.

Your benefits:
  • Access to full psychological support via our internal wellbeing team
  • Excellent supervision programmes, with ongoing opportunities for training and development
  • Access to a host of discount schemes, and excellent NHS pension
  • Generous holiday entitlement (starting at 27 days plus bank holidays, increasing with continuous NHS service)

This post offers the Trust's �4,000 Incentive for band 5-7 Nurses, and a relocation package up to a maximum of �8,000 (subject to terms and conditions).

Job description

Job responsibilities

We would warmly welcome you giving us a call to discuss these exciting roles in advance of your application:

Interim Clinical Service Manager, B& H EWS (Primary Care Network Mental Health Teams): Paula Hearne 07483116190

EWS General Manager - Sussex- Jenny Edge 07554114329

We are looking for self-motivated, energetic, and creative clinicians. You will have substantial, transferable mental health experience (whether inpatient or community), and up to date professional registration from a core mental health profession.

These roles will be important to the transformation of community mental health service in Brighton and Hove, and will help to ensure that gaps in service between GPs, the voluntary sector, and specialist MH services can be bridged. We are therefore looking for practitioners who can build partnerships, and can work flexibly, adaptively, and creatively in growing and developing these locally focussed teams.

Please note: this role is open to Nursing, OT and Social Work core mental health professions with current registration on the NMC, HCPC or SWE registers.

Counselling and Psychotherapy and other applicants without these core profession qualifications or registration will not be shortlisted.

Interviews will be taking place on 1st November 2023

Person Specification



  • Registered Mental Health professional qualification (Must be one of: Social Work, Mental Health Nursing, Occupational Therapy
  • Include relevant professional registration (NMC, SWE, HCPC)



  • Extensive post-qualifying experience of clinical work with people with a range of mental health problems
  • Experience of partnership working within and across various different statutory and non-statutory teams and agencies
  • Experience in working consultatively with professionals
  • Experience of providing low intensity psychological interventions including, provision of self help, behavioural activation, solution focused, guided self help, and a CBT informed approach using a range of delivery models, telephone, face to face , individual and workshops
  • Experienced in conducting clinical assessments, including risk assessments

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


East and Central PCN

Brighton and Hove


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