Mental Health Practitioner

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Haywards Heath
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
6 Oct 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are seeking to recruit a passionate, knowledgeable and dynamic Mental Health Practitioner to join our well-established and innovative Sussex CAMHS Crisis Team (Urgent Help Service). As a mental health practitioner, your goal is to offer intensive support and risk management to young people in the community at times of crisis, and to minimise the number of young people admitted to inpatient mental health units. For those young people who do require an inpatient admission, our aim is to help reduce the length of these admissions and support a timely discharge.

You will be joining a friendly, supportive and creative multi-disciplinary team. Our core business includes assessing young people's mental health, including attention to risk management and care planning, and working with families and the wider systems that support these young people.

Covid-19 full vaccination may be a condition of employment for this role, unless an exemption applies. The successful applicant may have contact with vulnerable service users and we will therefore seek proof of being fully vaccinated during the recruitment process.

Main duties of the job

As a Mental Health Practitioner in our team you will provide specialist crisis interventions for children and young people referred into our service, including some home treatment work. Our team is responsible for covering all of Sussex, working across home, school and community settings. You will have the flexibility to manage your workload in the community, however you will be expected to spend some time working from the central team base at Chalkhill hospital in Haywards Heath as part of the duty team.

Contributing to the management of a team caseload of clients with complex needs, you will assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions, which will be delivered mainly in the home or community setting. We follow a multi-disciplinary approach and as such you will provide specialist assessment and intervention with specific responsibilities regarding the acute care pathway.

This post offers a Golden Hello, or a Relocation package up to a maximum of £2000. (pro rata applies and subject to terms and conditions. Please see attached Protocol document).

About us

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

Working in Sussex:

Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns there's always new experiences to be enjoyed

Embrace the city life with great access to visit Brighton and London

With easy access to Gatwick and Heathrow and excellent railway links across the UK there is plenty of opportunity for adventure

We'd love you to join our organisation that is rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the Care Quality Commission. 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.

See the attached 'Partnership Perks' document for details about our benefits package.

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.

Job description Job responsibilities

See attached Job Description and Person Specification for full list of responsibilities.

In order to be a successful Mental Health Practitioner in our team you will be:
  • Registered with the NMC or HCPC via a core professional qualification Applications are welcomed from OTs, Nurses, Social Workers, Drama/Art Therapists, Psychologists
  • Experienced in risk management
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced and varied role
  • 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)

Flexibility with working patterns to include some weekend and evening work is essential, as is own transport as the role involves travel across the whole Sussex County area. SPFT staff have the capacity to work from home remotely where applicable and in agreement with your line manager.

Part-time hours can be considered Minimum 22.5 hrs per week.

Please apply using the link in this advert, or for more information explore the attachments or contact:

Emily Kerr - or:

Charlie Rew -

01444 472670

(We are happy to arrange informal visits currently Covid dependent)

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Professional Qualification
  • NMC or HPC Registration
  • Post Basic Courses / Study Days
  • Evidence of CPD and professional portfolio
  • post qualification experience
  • Experience of working with people with mental Health problems
  • Understanding and contribution to the Clinical Governance Agenda.
  • Previous experience in similar role
  • Risk assessment experience

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.

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