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NHS AfC: Band 5 or 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (37.5)
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Sussex Partnership NHS FoundationTrust
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St. Marks House, Eastbourne
£27,055 - £40,588 Per annum
Salary period
08/12/2022 23:59

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Sussex Partnership NHS FoundationTrust logo

Mental Health Practitioner - CAMHS Access and Early Intervention/SPoA

NHS AfC: Band 5 or 6

Welcome from our Chief Executive

Our organisation is expanding and we're looking for people with the right values, skills and/or potential to join us. We need people with energy, expertise, enthusiasm to help us provide the very best possible specialist NHS mental health and learning disability care. This involves helping us achieve our strategy to improve the quality of life for the communities we serve through People, Prevention and Partnerships.

So what can we offer you in return?

We're an organisation which puts people first. We'll do everything possible to help you feel respected, valued and included. We'll help you learn, acquire new skills and gain further experience to support your career development. And we'll provide the opportunity for you to bring your fresh ideas to work about how we can do things differently and continue improving.

You will also be joining a health and care system committed to working together to do the best we can for the communities we serve. Above all, at Sussex Partnership you'll have the chance to make a difference to the lives of the patients, carers and families across our communities.

If you like the sound of that, then come and join our team.

Job overview

The Single Point of Advice (SPOA) is the front door of all children’s services within East Sussex. Their purpose is to assess children and young people being referred to ascertain the most appropriate service to meet their needs.

The post supports the development of significant clinical and organisational skills. You will be responsible for coordinating the intake of referrals into East Sussex CAMHS, carrying out telephone triages, and brief interventions with children aged 0-18 years and their families.

This role does not involve working with a caseload but some rotation into the Tier 2 PMHW team to undertake initial assessments will be encouraged.

We are seeking Either an experienced Mental Health Practitioner or an individual who wishes to develop their clinical skills / return to practice or gain significant triage and assessment experience within mental health.  

We welcome applications from a wide range of professional backgrounds and disciplines including: - Social Work, Occupational Therapy and Nursing including newly qualified practitioners.

Main duties of the job

The role involves triage and assessment of new mental health referrals, consultation with other professionals and clinicians; working across an integrated service.

Successful applicants will work alongside established CAMHS colleagues in the SPOA and will rotate regularly into our Community CAMHS Team as a Mental Health Practitioner.

The role involves the assessment of cases to ensure that service delivery is appropriate to the needs of the individual following a Stepped approach.

All practitioners will have a commitment to the development, modelling, and delivery of high quality, compassionate, person centred service for children and young people with emotional, behavioural and mental health needs and their families.

Working for our organisation

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provide Mental Health and Learning Disability Services to adults, children and young people across East Sussex, West Sussex, Brighton and Hove, and children's services in Hampshire. We have been awarded an overall rating of ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), and assessed ‘outstanding’ for being caring.

As a Trust we make a positive difference to thousands of people’s lives across Sussex, providing support so that they can fulfil their potential and enjoy healthy lives. We believe that staff who feel valued by the Trust and are truly engaged in the organisation deliver better outcomes for our patients and we are always looking for people with the right core values to join our team. The Trust is clinician-led, and provides the highest possible level of clinical expertise throughout its services.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

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.

Please see attached job description and person specification.

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).

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.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • NMC or HCPC Registration or BCBP registration


Essential criteria
  • Experience of triage and assessment
Desirable criteria
  • Post qualification experience

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Armed Forces CovenantApprenticeships logoNo smoking policyMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) - BronzeAge positiveDisability confident employerCare quality commission - GoodStep into health

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Abi Wade
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Clinical service manager
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