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Senior Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - Incentives Apply

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa
Closing date
6 Jun 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a passion for working with children and young people who have experienced significant trauma and have complex needs?

Are you motivated by a role where you can make a huge difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable individuals in the community?

If so, our senior nursing position at Lansdowne Secure Children's Home in Hailsham, East Sussex is the role for you!

This is an exciting and challenging opportunity for a knowledgeable, dynamic Mental Health Nurse. You will be joining a friendly, supportive and creative multi-disciplinary team, dedicated to providing a high-quality service that addresses the health inequalities experienced by our young people.

Please note: Although we are seeking to recruit a Band 7 Mental Health Senior Nurse Practitioner (who has a NMP qualification, or a willingness to complete the training), we would also welcome applications from nurses at Band 6 who would like to train as non-medical nurse prescriber and are interested in a development role.

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).

Main duties of the job

Your main duties will involve:

Initial assessment of mental health, neuro-disability and risk on a young person's entry to Lansdowne, updating and reviewing on a regular basis

Providing collaborative and individualised evidence based care plans, liaising with and supporting multiagency working

Contributing to the creation and review of a multidisciplinary and multiagency formulation about the young person's presenting difficulties and needs

Providing short-term treatment/interventions with a small cohort of young people

Supporting the day-to-day social care staff in the maintenance of a trauma informed therapeutic milieu

Leading on the use of our clinical information system (Systm1), updating assessment and MDT care planning and supporting care staff with medication information

Leading on the use of NHS Improvements Telemedicine Exponential (online access to health care)

This is a full time (1 WTE) post.

About us

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

We encourage flexible working. We know that a positive work/life balance brings about huge health related benefits, which has a positive impact on the care we provide. Please speak to us about flexible working, for example, flexible start/finish times or anything else. If it works for you and works for the role, we'll do our best to make it happen.

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

Other key staff survey results include:
  • 70% highlighting flexible working opportunities as a key point for satisfaction at work
  • 79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work within their team
  • 77% identifying the opportunities to show initiative in their roles

Job description

Job responsibilities

In order to be a successful Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in our team you will be:

- Registered with the NMC

- Experienced in risk management

- Comfortable working in a fast-paced and varied role

- Adaptable, organised, compassionate and a team player

- Experienced working within a mental health setting

It would also be advantageous if you are:

- Experienced working in CAMHS (Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Services) and/or inpatient settings, experience with developmental trauma, neuro-disability and/or forensic CAMHS.

- A nurse prescriber qualification would also be desirable - and if not already an interest in completing this qualification would be essential.

Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details of the role.

The setting

Lansdowne Secure Childrens Home is 12 bedded provision for young people aged 12-17. The young people are placed with us for welfare reasons, secured under the Children's Act (1989), Section 25. They have a history of persistent absconding and are likely to continue to abscond from anything other than secure accommodation, during which episodes they are likely to suffer significant harm, or injure themselves or others. The young people have complex needs and are described as high need/high vulnerability/high risk.

The IHEWS Team

The Integrated Health & Emotional Wellbeing Service (IHEWS) is an embedded multidisciplinary health team commissioned by NHS England to support the physical and mental healthcare needs of young people at Lansdowne Secure Children's Home (SCH). It is a small, welcoming and supportive team of 6.5 wte across physical and mental health nursing, psychology, occupational therapy, psychiatry, speech and language therapy and administration.

You will need to be able to work autonomously but will also work closely with the Physical Health Senior Nurse Practitioner and the wider multi-disciplinary health team and will receive supervision from both a Senior Nurse in the SPFT Acute CAMHS Nursing team and a Clinical Psychologist in the IHEWS.

IHEWS aims to:

1. Improve the health and wellbeing outcomes of the young people - this will help address health inequalities and provide an environment which enables good health and wellbeing.

2. Help improve trauma informed understanding and practice in the wider health, social care and educational setting - this will enhance psychological knowledge and skills of all staff groups and support organisational development.

3. Support the development of emotionally resilient staff who feel cared for, safe and supported - this will provide the most helpful therapeutic environment for the complex young people cared for in this setting.

The trust

You will be part of an active team of nurses in CAMHS and will be welcomed to local professional meetings and CPD events that focus on professional issues and supporting children and young people, with colleagues from all branches of nursing.

The trust is committed to supporting its nurses to progress professionally across the 4 pillars of nursing - Clinical Practice, Facilitating Learning, Leadership and Evidence, Research and Development. A copy of the CAMHS and Specialist Services Nursing Strategy 2022-2027 can be found here.

You will be supported by the IHEWS with the space and time to grow and develop in your nursing role.


For more information about the post at Lansdowne Secure Children's Home please contact:

Nicola Chainey - Head of Service CAMHS Acute - 01444 472670


Dr Rachel Swann - Consultant Clinical Psychologist for the Integrated Health and Emotional Wellbeing Service (IHEWS) - - 07887 571735

For information about working for SPFT as a mental health nurse in the CAMHS directorate please contact:

We are happy to arrange informal visits Please apply using the link in this advert, or for more information explore the attachments or contact:

Nicola Chainey - Head of Service CAMHS Acute - 01444 472670


Rachel Swann Consultant Clinical Psychologist for the Integrated Health and Emotional Wellbeing Service (IHEWS): - 01323 466270

Interview date: TBC

Person Specification



  • Degree/Diploma in occupational therapy or Nursing/Social Work
  • Evidence of post qualification study
  • Registration with the HPC, NMC or Social Work England
  • Training in the use of standardised assessment tools



  • Extensive experience as a qualified mental health practitioner
  • Broad experience of working with young people with a range of mental health problems
  • Experience of multidisciplinary working
  • Experience of supervising staff and students
  • Experience with Looked after and Adopted children
  • Experience of multi-agency work
  • Experience in applying a range of assessment tools and a comprehensive knowledge of clinical approaches

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Lansdowne Secure Children's Home

Hawks Road,


BN27 1NP

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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