What we offer

We are the main provider of community NHS healthcare across East and West Sussex. We offer everyone a place to work and belong within our Trust, both professionally and personally. Our Trust values of compassionate care, working together, achieving ambitions and delivering excellence are at the heart of how we operate, and they are fundamental to the high quality and patient-centred care we provide.

Join SCFT for varied roles, flexible working arrangements, ongoing training and development tailored to your needs, and excellent research opportunities.

We are proud to be a #CommunityThatCares - we work as a team whilst treating our employees as individuals.

We employ over 5,000 full and part time staff, and have over 4,000 people registered on our bank, so we're always hiring.

We have a fantastic range of clinical and non-clinical roles within our Trust. This includes Nurses, Healthcare Assistants, Technicians, Therapists, and a vital network of support staff.

View all our current vacancies on NHS Jobs

If you have any further queries, or require support with your application, please contact our friendly Recruitment team: 

01273 242227
sc-tr.recruitment@nhs.net

  • Pensions - the NHS pension scheme is a valuable benefit to staff. All staff are encouraged to join the scheme which provides index-linked benefits, like assurance cover, dependents' brochure and disability and redundancy benefits. Visit the NHS Pensions website for more information.
  • Annual Leave - most staff receive annual leave (pro-rata for part-time staff) plus all public bank holidays, raising to 29 days after 5 years of service and 33 days after 10 years of service.
  • Continuous NHS Service - if you transfer from another NHS employer you can carry over your continuous NHS service.
  • Flexible Working - the Trust's flexible working policies aim to support staff in meeting the challenges of balancing their working life with changing commitments outside of work. Opportunities for flexible working include part time, term-time, job sharing and annualised hours. We also offer staff time off to deal with an emergency, career breaks, maternity and shared maternity leave, maternity support, parental leave, adoption leave and leave for public services.
  • Living Wage Employer - for more information visit the Living Wage website
  • Key Worker Living - key worker living is a government led initiative to assist some key NHS workers to purchase a home. For further information visit the Sussex zone agent, Moat Housing or Homebuy website
  • Work Environment Improvement Fund - as part of the Trust's Better Deals for Staff scheme, staff can make small financial requests under the Work Environment Improvement Fund to improve their working environment
  • Staff Involvement - staff are encouraged to get involved through the Trust's annual staff survey and staff conference, both of which form the basis for service improvements. The Trust has active union representation and a staff-side coordinator whose role includes taking responsibility for staff involvement.

Learning and Development
The Trust supports a learning culture and encourages all staff to undertake appropriate education and development opportunities which include in-house and external courses, conferences,  study leave and a graduate studentship scheme. In addition, all staff are entitled to receive regular and frequent supervision, a personal development plan and an annual appraisal.

Health, Well-being and Fitness
Occupational Health services include pre-employment health checks, advice on work-related health and safety matters, vaccinations for work and confidential advice and referral to  counselling services.

We also offer free assistance towards the cost of eyes tests and work place massage.

Other Benefits
We encourage our staff to register on our Trust Benefits site (www.scft.mytrustbenefits.co.ukto receive a huge range of discounts on well-known brands and retailers and at the same  time generate funds for our Trust. 

  • Season Ticket Loans - we offer an interest free season ticket loan for public transport
  • Bike to Work Scheme - we offer a tax efficient bike to work scheme with deductions taken from salaries
  • Workplace Nurseries - we provide tax efficient workplace nurseries for children under 5 on our major sites - visit our Nurseries page for more information

The Trust promotes an inclusive culture built on our values. This is articulated through our vision of ‘Excellent care at the heart of the community’.

This vision is supported by a specific ambition of: ‘equitable care at the heart of all our communities’ delivered by the Trust’s equality strategy.

Our ambition emphasises that care excellence always includes equality and it respects that we are all – staff, patients and carers alike – part of many different communities.

The Trust promotes an inclusive culture by setting standards in the Trust’s equality policy and promoting accountability from Board to frontline services, engaging with people to include them in their care and in their workplaces and through a range of leadership development opportunities to foster good relations.

Disability Confident Employer
We are a Disability Confident Employer (level 2), which means we are committed to:

  • Getting the right people for our business
  • Keeping and developing our people

Disability Confident Employers are recognised as going the extra mile to make sure disabled people get a fair chance.

As well as paid employment we offer work experience, work trials and apprenticeships for disabled people.

Find out more about Equality and Diversity at the Trust

Age Positive
Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust is committed to promoting equality and diversity and tackling age related discrimination in the workplace. We are an Age Positive Employer Champion, committed to tackling age discrimination in the workplace and taking practical steps to change employment practices. By promoting good practices and highlighting the practical  benefits of having a mixed age workforce, we encourage other employers and individuals to tackle age discrimination in the workplace.

We benefit from a balanced workforce across all ages by not losing skilled people purely because they reach a birthday. We also develop people into our harder to recruit posts which  benefits both the Trust and the individual. Also engaging with young people forms part of our long-term recruitment strategy, presenting the Trust as a positive employer to work for. 

Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES)

The Trust wants employees from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds have equal access to career opportunities and receive fair treatment in the workplace. The Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) is used by the Trust to measure progress. The standard consists of a number of indicators that we report on annually:

Annual Gender Pay Gap Report

The Trust proactively publishes details of the levels of pay across the organisation and is fully committed to ensuring equal pay between the sexes. You can find out more here:

At SCFT we want to create a culture where people can bring their whole selves to work and thrive. 

This section will give you a taster of life at SCFT and the work of our vibrant staff networks.

BAME Network
Valuing individuality, supporting inclusion and promoting diversity, the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Staff Network influences positive workplaces by addressing barriers and supporting staff to achieve excellence. The Network welcomes people from all backgrounds, committed to the Networks aims. 

People from all backgrounds who are committed to the networks' aims are welcome.

Disability Network
A network of disabled staff and their allies collaborating to remove barriers and promote independence and equality. Proudly prioritising disabled people as leaders. Anyone who shares that goal is welcome. We also work closely with supported employment services across Sussex. We offer job trials, work experience, role carving and job coaching.

LGBT+ Network
Working in partnership with the Trust to create a safe, inclusive and diverse working environment that encourages a culture of respect and equality. Open to all lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and other sexual and gender minority staff (LGBT+) and their allies. We warmly invite people from all sexual identities and gender identities.

Religion and Belief Network
The Religion and Belief Network helps us explore opportunities to use the considerable wealth of community and hospital based resources available through established faith groups in order to support the well-being of patients and to enhance the process of recovery in people’s lives.

It provides a safe forum for colleagues to explore the degree to which it is appropriate to express and incorporate aspects of spirituality into professional life.

Engaging in spirituality for staff within the communities that we serve to try and help find meaning and promote growth. 

Once a year we hold a Staff Awards Ball, to show how proud we are of the amazing work our staff do day in and day out and to say thanks to those members of staff who go above and beyond to provide the best possible standard of care.

Click here to view our 2019 Staff Award Winners.