Occupational Therapist/Mental Health Nurse

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year Pro rata
Closing date
7 Jul 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
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We are looking for a resilient and enthusiastic Occupational Therapist or Mental Health Nurse to join our East Sussex Personality Disorder Service: Thinking Well.

This post would be an ideal opportunity for someone with a passion for working with people who have complex emotional needs and personality disorder. We are a supportive team with a commitment to reflective practice, formulation and co-production. We offer a group-based programme, so we are looking for someone who is confident facilitating psychoeducational & clinical groups. Some of the groups we run are Emotion Regulation, Recovery through Activity; SUN (Service user network) and MBT (Mentalization Based Treatment) Groups. There will be an opportunity for training & development in these areas.

Main duties of the job

This is a varied role that involves Nurse/ OT assessment, formulation, and interventions, as well as safety planning, consultation, reflective practice and training the team and other agencies to work with personality disorder. You will be well supported in individual supervision and team reflective practice sessions to take up this role.

This service is located in Lewes Well Being Centre on a Monday, Bexhill Well Being Centre on a Tuesday, Eastbourne Well Being Centre on a Thursday. The team has a work base at the Woodside Annexe in Hellingly, which is sometimes used for team meetings or administrative purposes, and travel expenses are calculated from this base. The post holder to be willing to travel across East Sussex.

About us

Sussex Partnership was formed in April 2006 as an NHS Trust and established as an NHS Foundation Trust with Teaching Trust status in August 2008. We employ approximately 5000 staff, serve a total catchment population of more than 2 million and generate an income of £250 million.

The Trust delivers services via 5 Care Delivery Services (CDS), tasked with providing overarching leadership for care groups and / or geographical areas. Each CDS is led by an operational director and a clinical director, with a multi-disciplinary leadership team (including a range of clinical professions as well as business, finance, HR, IT and estates and facilities support staff) providing additional leadership and governance oversight. The CDS model supports continuous service improvement for patients and carers, is supported by Clinical Academic Groups and aligns with our Trust Values, Organisational Strategy and Clinical Strategy. The Trust strives to provide consistently high-quality services, working in partnership with each other, the people who use our services and other organisation

Job description Job responsibilities


To provide occupational therapy interventions for referred clients using evidence based, client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions.To promote and develop the role of Occupational Therapy within the clinical area.To act as a care coordinator if appropriate.


The role of Community Nurse 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. They will demonstrate an understanding of clinical interventions relevant 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. They will provide clinical supervision to staff and students and act as a mentor for student nurses.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Current registration appropriate to the job role
  • Completion of Mentorship Course/ENB equivalent
  • Evidence of continuous professional development
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • 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 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

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