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Community Mental Health Nurse

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
8 Aug 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen in the Hastings Assessment and Treatment Service for a Registered Mental Health Nurse with experience of working with people in a community mental health setting.

You would be a key part of our multi-disciplinary service for adults with mental health problems. This is challenging work but we receive very positive feedback from our service users and carers and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has recently achieved Outstanding for the care it provides.

Main duties of the job

You will need to be caring, compassionate and a good communicator, with a commitment to improving the lives of our service users through creative, evidence-based practice. As a Lead Practitioner, you will be responsible for working collaboratively with service users and their carers on your caseload to create care plans that meet their needs and maximise their independence.

You will need to be keen to embrace new ways of working and enthusiastic about improving clinical practice in line with the latest research and organisational learning.

If you are from the nursing profession this post can offer the senior staff nurse development programme: This is an up to 18-month structured programme for band 5 nurses. This programme helps participants gain a more in-depth look at the band 6 role and provides a framework to enable them to meet the capabilities and competencies with a view to transition directly into that role.

About us

The Trust offers the following:
  • 1-1 clinical and line management supervision, group reflective practice and peer group supervision
  • Parking costs reimbursed
  • NHS Pension contributions
  • 27 days holiday (with more dependent on length of NHS service) allowance plus bank holidays
  • Flexible Working patterns
  • Child care vouchers
  • Excellent training and development opportunities
  • NHS Discounts
  • Employee Assistance Programme

Quotes from Hastings & Rother ATS staff:

The team is friendly and there is a lot of support for new starters

There are always people around to give you support

Our office is right in the thick of Hastings' vibrant and quirky culture and benefits from amazing sea views, with the promenade right across the road. Hastings still maintains its working fishing beach, as well as the old town, castle, pier and the area has some of the most affordable accommodation in the South East.

Hastings events

February: Fat Tuesday

May: Jack in the Green

July: Hastings Fringe Festival

August: Hastings Carnival week

Hastings Pride


October: Hastings week


Job description Job responsibilities

This post will involve working with adults with complex mental health needs as well as physical care needs. You will be expected to support both the client and their carers. You will also need to be able to work cohesively with other services both within our Trust, and with other partner agencies.

All our clinicians are given opportunities to develop and grow as professionals in the organisation. We provide regular supervision, a supportive working environment and access to training opportunities to assist you to realise your potential.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Nurse with current registration (appropriate to the 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 supervising staff
  • Experience of managing a caseload
  • 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 teams and agencies
  • Previous experience working in the community
Skills Essential
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to communicate in a clear and unambiguous way
  • Excellent negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to develop effective professional relationships
  • Establish and maintain communication with individuals, families, carers and groups about difficult or complex matters overcoming any differences in communication
  • Develop own skills and knowledge and provide information to others to help their development
  • Skills of assessment and interpreting service user conditions with approprite actions
  • Ability to work in partnership with key stakeholders
  • Ability to with resistance at times, to manage own reactions to difficult situations and to act with appropriate authority and diplomacy
  • IT literacy and willingness to take on new technology
Abilities Essential
  • Frequent and intense concentration in client assessment and formulation, both individual and group work with up to 5 hours a day in direct face to face client contact
  • Liaison with multi-agencies at times, especially in emergencies requiring mental effort to coordinate possible management of a crisis
  • The ability to multi task and mental adaptation to different unpredictable situations
Approach/ Values Essential
  • Demonstrate support for the values and beliefs of the care group and those of the Trust
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the practices of Human Rights in the delivery of this role
  • Team working
  • Ability to travel across sites
  • Punctual and flexible across hours of work when required

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