Expanding specialist mental health and learning disability support across Sussex

29 July 2021

In response to the needs of our local communities, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is expanding its specialist health and care workforce.

The move is supported by an additional £34 million of funding this year to expand and improve mental health and learning disability services across Sussex. This investment will support getting help to people at the earliest opportunity, promoting recovery and wellbeing, and helping people stay well and out of hospital wherever possible. It involves health and care organisations working together to increase mental health support in schools, and to expand and improve services so people have to wait less time to access specialist treatment.

A new recruitment website launches today to provide one place where people can find the full range of opportunities at the Trust.

Sam Allen, the Chief Executive of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said: “The pandemic has had a significant impact on the physical and mental health of people right across the country and that’s reflected here in Sussex too. 

“We are at the forefront of this response and are looking for people to join our incredible teams and take this unique opportunity to change people’s lives. 

“People are at the heart of everything we do - the people we support and our staff. Joining the Trust not only promises to bring a huge amount of job satisfaction but also offers an opportunity to grow and develop your career.”

The Trust is committed to supporting its staff in a number of ways, including flexible working arrangements, comprehensive training and development programmes, access to fully funded qualifications through the apprenticeship scheme and help and support to those returning to the NHS.

In total, 750 new mental health roles are being created across Sussex over the next three years. 

We are making good progress on bringing in the people we need to support our local communities. Between April and June this year we recruited 535 staff which is a 30% increase compared to the same period last year.

There are currently 300 vacancies across a range of health and care jobs and in support services.

In order to fill these positions, we have created new roles including more than 50 new peer support worker posts and we have also started a programme of international recruitment.  

To find out more please visit our careers area