Working at SPFT

We always put people first and that includes you. Become part of our team and we'll support you every step of the way in every way.

Check out our current vacancies.

What we do

We provide specialist NHS mental health and learning disability services in South East England.

We care for people at home, in hospital and through our community services. Our services are for people of all ages across Sussex. We also provide specialist mental health services for children and young people in Hampshire.

Our services are rated 'good' by the Care Quality Commission and 'outstanding' for caring.

Read more about Sussex Partnership.

Our values

Our values guide the way we behave and how we want people to experience Sussex Partnership, whether as someone who uses our services, works with us or works here. 

They are: 

  • People first
  • Embracing change
  • Future focused
  • Working together
  • Everyone counts

Read more about our vision, values and organisational strategy.

Where we are

You don't need to look any further if you're after outstanding countryside and beautiful beaches. We've got the sea air and the sound of the surf. There's the hustle and bustle of Brighton and the scenic South Downs. Not only that, the  South East coastline is the sunniest place to live in the UK (just ask the Met Office!).

This really is a lovely place to live and work.

We offer a range of partnership perks to our colleagues. Here are some of the perks that make working at Sussex Partnership a great choice:

  • Flexible working
  • Generous pension
  • Generous holiday entitlement
  • Retailer and restaurant discounts
  • Gym and fitness discounts
  • Free parking
  • Mindfulness courses
  • Continuous professional development
  • Free confidential counselling
  • Employee networks
  • Travel season ticket
  • Tax-free childcare
  • Free eye tests and discounted glasses
  • Free legal and financial information

We encourage flexible working. We know that a positive work/life balance brings about huge health-related benefits, which have 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.

This is about being the kind of organisation where, once people join, they want to stay.

We’re building an organisation that will impact future generations, where everyone is welcome. A place where you can be yourself and feel valued. Come build it with us. 

Building an inclusive environment is a team effort. At Sussex Partnership, we care deeply about hiring, retaining, and developing a workforce that reflects the communities we serve. Our staff networks play a crucial role in exploring relationships trust-wide and advancing opportunities for all staff, helping underrepresented communities continue to feel they belong here.

To do this, we have introduced staff networks. For example, we have the Disability Network, Spirituality Network, Women's Network, LGBTA+ Network, Neurodivergent Network, Ethnic Minority Network and the VaLE (Valued Lived Experience) Network.

As a University Trust, we believe in providing the right education:

  • for everyone about mental health, well-being and recovery
  • to reduce stigma and increase the capacity of communities to respond to the needs of people in difficulty
  • as well as the right training for staff at all levels of the organisation to provide the most effective, compassionate, safe care for people with mental health difficulty

Our innovative education and training programmes are delivered in close partnership with universities, colleges and other organisations across the south-east. Internationally recognised academic experts lead and work in our services, often jointly appointed with university partners.

We provide high-quality education in medicine, nursing, psychology and psychological therapies, occupational therapy, social care and other aspects of well-being and healthcare. We also provide short courses and conferences that are open to the public. We have strong links with Brighton & Sussex Medical School, the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton. We offer a broad training programme for junior doctors with opportunities for honorary appointments at the medical school, and also for teaching trainees and students in clinical settings. Our Director of Medical Education, Dr Michael Hobkirk, is supported by the Medical Education Team, which is committed to providing an excellent standard of teaching and learning opportunities across all of our sites.

Our Green Plan is our commitment to reduce our impact on the environment, deliver lower carbon, more sustainable care and meet the NHS net zero carbon emissions target by 2040. Read more about what we are doing to achieve our net zero target.

We collaborate closely across health and care on behalf of the patients, families, carers and local communities we serve. We work with the people who use our services, the voluntary sector, housing and employment agencies.

We're part of Sussex Health and Care Partnership, as well as Hampshire and Isle of Wight Sustainability and Transformation Partnership. This is about working in partnership as a system to improve care and treatment for the local communities we serve.

As the lead organisation of four Provider Collaboratives, we're also responsible for commissioning specialist children's mental health services in Kent, Sussex Dorset and Hampshire, as well as adult secure services in Kent, Sussex and Surrey. 

We have a charity called Heads On which helps people with mental health problems and learning disabilities feel supported, stay active and be more involved in their communities.