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Pathfinder - Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year pro rata for part time
Closing date
14 Feb 2023

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Primary Care
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
We have an exciting new opportunity for a B6 clinician to join the Pathfinder clinical service team as part of the Emotional Wellbeing Service developments in Coastal West Sussex. The post is based in the Chanctonbury area in our experienced and evolving team. The role involves providing short term clinical interventions for individuals accessing mental health support within the new Emotional Wellbeing Services being developed alongside GP surgeries as part of the Community Transformation plan in West Sussex within a countywide model. The clinician in this role will work closely alongside voluntary sector mental health services based in GP surgeries providing clinical consultation, advice and intervention as needed. The focus of interventions will be on offering timely proactive, preventative clinical support and facilitating transitions between NHS and voluntary sector mental health services.

Our team has received national recognition for innovation and improving access to mental health support in the community. The team iscited in the new NHS 'Community Mental Health Framework for Adults and Older Adults' (2019) document as an example of a team demonstrating 'Innovative ways of working' (pg 19). We were also featured in the Royal College of Occupational Therapy strategy document, 'Getting my Life back: OT promoting mental health and well-being in England' (2018 pg 14-15).

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work as part of an expanding team of clinically trained staff working within Pathfinder West Sussex closely with voluntary sector providers to offer clinical intervention and support to people with mental health difficulties. The role will build on clear pathways between voluntary sector and NHS mental health services working with GP surgeries alongside Pathfinder West Sussex, officially launched in May 2018.

Experience of community and partnership working is required along with the ability to work as part of a wider whole system, enabling and finding solutions together and being able to work flexibly, adaptably and creatively in a developing service within a specific locality.

The team covers West Sussex and this post will be covering the Chanctonbury area with an expectation to provide geographical cross cover if required.

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

As we work towards our goal of providing an integrated service across primary and secondary care, our community mental health services are being transformed to recognise the changes in how people want to access them. We are working in close partnership with a range of partners and our 'experts by experience' to develop and improve our service offer.

As part of this exciting transformation, we are expanding our community rehabilitation, personality disorder and eating disorder services, as well as providing investment to our community mental health teams and increasing mental health provision in primary care.

What does this mean for you?

Because we need to recruit a diverse range of people and skillsets to join us, the job (and training & development) opportunities we have on offer are as broad as they are interesting.

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, home-working, part time hours, 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.

For an informal chat and to find out more about our range of vacancies, send us your contact details to

Job description Job responsibilities

We are looking for a self-motivated, energetic and creative clinicians with relevant mental health experience and professional qualification. This is an opportunity to join the team in Coastal West Sussex and contribute to the further development of our service in the locality working with Pathfinder West Sussex to offer a more integrated mental health support service within and outside of the NHS. The role will be aligned with the local transformation of community mental health services in primary care, working closely with local GP practices alongside voluntary sector.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Mental Health Qualification
  • Up to date Registration
  • Post Basic Courses / relevant Study Days
  • Evidence of CPD
Experience Essential
  • Significant post qualification experience
  • Experience of working with people with serious mental health problems
  • CPA experience
  • Understanding of Clinical Governance

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