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Urgent Care Mental Health Nurse - Incentives Apply

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
St. Leonards on Sea
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa
Closing date
3 May 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
A specialist opportunity has arisen for an Urgent Care Nurse in Hastings. This is a really exciting time to join the team when we are continuing to develop the new core 24 model, to provide an enhanced Urgent Care Service that operates over 24 hours.

Additional to Liaison and part of the urgent care pathway we have The Haven (formerly known as the Urgent Care Lounge). The Haven provides a safe, calm and therapeutic space which acts as an alternative to the A& E department and avoid long waiting times for the patients we provide a service to.The Haven takes referrals from the general hospital A& E department, Secamb, The Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment team, The Sussex Mental Health Line, our third sector provider Staying well and we also act as an Alternative Designated Place of Safety (ADPOS) for the police to bring people who have been detained under a section 136.

The role also includes taking referrals from the general wards for people who have become mentally unwell whilst receiving care for a physical illness or are experiencing a relapse of a previously diagnosed mental health condition.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide mental health assessment, treatment, signposting and onward referral for patients receiving physical health care in the general hospital environment in East Sussex. They will also provide education, training and information on mental health for general hospital staff working in A & E, medical & surgical assessment units and wards.

The post holder is also required to co-ordinate the shift on a rota basis and triage the referrals coming into the service and establish medical fitness to assess

We are looking for an individual with excellent communication skills, who is able to work autonomously and at pace within a wider multi-disciplinary team. Interest inworking age mental health and willingness to develop your expertise further in this specialty is essential. Experience of working within Mental Health Liaison or a similar clinical environment would also be an advantage. In return, we can offer you training and development, variety, a rewarding challenge and the opportunity to work within a friendly and supportive Liaison service.

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.

About us

This is a permanent and full-time post (37.5 hours per week), however, alternative working arrangements such as job shares will be considered on an individual basis. The post-holder should be willing to work flexible hours and to work with both Adults and Older People's Liaison patients as required to support delivery of the 24/7 Urgent Care Pathway for Mental Health. The Liaison team is based in the St Anne's Centre on the Conquest Hospital site in Hastings, although some travel across sites in East Sussex may be required.Hastings is recognised as an upcoming coastal town with a vibrant cultural scene, providing affordable housing, excellent transport links and a range of outdoor activities in the historic 1066 countryside.

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

Job description

Job responsibilities

As a Mental Health Liaison Practitioner, you will operate as an autonomous practitioner, undertaking comprehensive assessment and formulation, including risk assessment that leads to an agreed plan. You may provide a range of interventions including signposting, support, psychosocial interventions, therapeutic interview, and brief psychotherapeutic interventions. An integral part of this role includes effective liaison with other parts of the health system, including primary care, acute and secondary care teams, as well as social services, emergency services and non-statutory agencies. You will work closely with the acute hospital, acting as a single point of contact of referral and serve the agreed populationof 18 plus. There will also be opportunities in teaching, education and assisting non-mental health staff to respond to mental health needs more effectively.

Person Specification



  • Registered with NMC



  • Practising within an appropriate community mental health setting for a minimum of one year at F grade/band 6 equivalent or experience considered equivalent
  • Evidence of management experience.
  • Supervision of staff.
  • Experience of crisis resolution practice.
  • Care Programme Approach
  • Mental Health Act 1983 and its amendments
  • National Service Framework for Mental Health and other recent relevant government policies.
  • Child & Adult Protection Procedures

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


St. Anne's Centre/ Conquest Hospital

St. Leonards on Sea

TN37 7PT

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