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We are the main provider of community NHS healthcare across Sussex, caring for more than 9,000 adults and children ever single day.

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 care we provide to the people who need us.

We offer varied roles across our clinical and support services, flexible working arrangements, ongoing training and development tailored to your needs, and excellent research opportunities.

We are proud to be a #CommunityThatCares, working as a team whilst treating our employees as individuals.

Our current vacancies 

All our current vacancies can be viewed on NHS Jobs

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Nursing Opportunities

We’re looking for nurses to join our team.

Whether you’re newly qualified and looking for your first job, an experienced nurse looking for a new challenge, or thinking about returning to practice, we will be happy to support and develop you in your career.

We have various vacancies across SCFT, both in our community nursing teams and in our inpatient units.

The nurses working in our community teams work closely with GPs and other healthcare professionals to provide specialist and supportive nursing care, and are given excellent opportunities to develop and enhance their nursing skills, ensuring that our patients get the right care, from the right people, with the right skills, at the right time.

The nurses on our wards play an important part in our patients’ recovery journeys, working in supportive and well-established multidisciplinary teams. They are given the opportunity to develop and use key skills in providing holistic assessment and patient care, and are responsible for contributing to care, monitoring and managing patients’ progress, and planning their safe discharge.

Here at SCFT we are proud of the care we offer to all our patients; our inpatient units were rated ‘Outstanding’ for caring in our most recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection, and our overall Trust rating is 'Good'. Our 2020 NHS Staff Survey results show that an overwhelming 81% of staff recommend the Trust as a place to receive care, and 83% say that care is our top priority.

What can we offer you apart from a great feeling of job satisfaction?

  • Flexible working patterns
  • Supportive learning environment
  • Dedicated career pathways, and great opportunities for continuing professional development
  • Commitment to and support for your health and wellbeing
  • NHS Pension Scheme
  • NHS discounts and salary sacrifice schemes

Click here to view all our vacancies on NHS Jobs.

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

01273 242227

Healthcare Assistant Opportunities

Join our NHS family as a healthcare assistant and make a difference every day.

Have you considered becoming a healthcare assistant (HCA)?

Are you caring and compassionate? Do you want to come and work for the NHS at a time when it needs you more than ever?

You don't need previous experience; we’ll train you on the job, supporting you to be the best that you can be – and you get to join our NHS family.

In return, we’re looking for enthusiasm, dedication and commitment to providing high quality patient care. If you want to make a difference, we’d love to hear from you. We have a range of vacancies available within our community teams and our inpatient units.

Our community HCAs provide care in patients' own homes, helping them to care for themselves, and ensuring that they get the health services they need outside of an acute setting.

The HCAs working in our inpatient units provide nursing and therapy care to patients who have either had a stay in an acute hospital, or have been unwell at home and need a bit of extra help. We have 15 inpatient units spread across Sussex, all providing high quality and holistic care and rehabilitation.

Here at SCFT we are proud of the care we offer to all our patients; our inpatient units were rated ‘Outstanding’ for caring in our most recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection, and our overall Trust rating is 'Good'. Our 2020 NHS Staff Survey results show that an overwhelming 81% of staff recommend the Trust as a place to receive care, and 83% say that care is our top priority.

What can we offer you apart from a great feeling of job satisfaction?

  • Flexible working patterns
  • Supportive learning environment
  • Dedicated career pathways, and great opportunities for continuing professional development
  • Commitment to and support for your health and wellbeing
  • NHS Pension Scheme
  • NHS discounts and salary sacrifice schemes

Click here to view all our vacancies on NHS Jobs.

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

01273 242227

Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners

Apply now to be a Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

Have you considered a career in talking therapies? Do you want to make a difference and help people manage their anxiety, stress and depression? 

We have an exciting opportunity for a number of Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs) to join our Time to Talk service, one of the leading talking therapies services in the UK.

As a Trainee PWP you will work full time within the Time to Talk service, offering low intensity CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) interventions, supporting people with mild to moderate stress, depression and anxiety disorders, whilst training to become a qualified Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner.

The course starts in September 2021, with two days a week spent learning, and the remaining three days spent training with Time to Talk colleagues. Our training is provided in partnership with the University of Surrey, based in Guildford, and a flexible approach will be taken to the learning and training depending on COVID-19 restrictions, including online learning and working from home.

You will build a caseload of patients, offering telephone assessment and treatment sessions, and will be supported at work with weekly case management supervision and monthly clinical skills sessions within the Time to Talk service. You will also have a weekly study day to complete your University tasks.

You can find out more about West Sussex Time to Talk here.

Entry Requirements

We are accepting applications from people with a wide range of experience and qualifications, including A Levels or an equivalent qualification, or a degree. Please check our full list of entry requirements before you apply.

You can find out more about the course at the University of Surrey here.

Applications for 2021 places are now closed.  

Still not sure? Hear from some of our Trainee PWPs

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Sarah originally trained as a primary school teacher, where she realised that supporting people's mental wellbeing was her real passion. She explains how she came to become a Trainee PWP:

"After deciding that psychology and mental health was where I wanted to be, I completed a Master’s degree conversion course in Experimental Psychology, during which time I developed an interest in clinical psychology and working with adults to understand the theory behind their difficulties and to help them manage their mental health. This is where I learnt about the role of a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) - the description was exactly what I wanted to be able to do.

"I volunteered for an organisation called The Mix, where I engaged in webchat conversations with young people seeking support with any issue, including mental health, in order to get some experience in the field and confirm that this is what I wanted to do as a career. When searching for services with trainee PWP vacancies, I discovered Time to Talk and the fantastic reputation they have in terms of bringing patients into recovery and being a lovely service to work for, and I was thrilled to be offered a training position with them starting in September 2020.

"As a trainee PWP, you complete a postgraduate certificate alongside gaining valuable clinical experience, getting the best of both worlds. The first half of the year focuses on learning at university how to thoroughly assess patients with mental health difficulties, specifically depression and anxiety disorders and how to deliver treatment effectively following certain intervention protocols.

"Don't worry if you have no background in mental health. University equips you well for this by letting you practice in role plays with your peers and you get to gradually build up clinical work in service too, assessing and treating real patients over the telephone. This combination allows you to implement what you learn immediately, and the support from colleagues and supervisors at Time to Talk is exceptional. Weekly study days also allow you to work on set tasks given by the university, which encourage you to think more deeply about working with patients with mental health difficulties and how you will apply this in practice.

"You receive regular supervision from a senior PWP to talk about your patients on your caseload and to talk generally about how you are getting on and any concerns you have. The build-up in terms of clinical work and caseload is just right – not too fast and not too slow – and you are able to have some freedom over your diary. During the second half of the training year, you focus more on increasing your clinical hours so that you can keep building on the skills you have developed and increase confidence in yourself. There are also some additional university assignments to be working on in your own time, which focus on your patient work.

"I have to say that I am incredibly pleased that I decided to make the career change from teacher to PWP, and this is definitely the start of a long career with Time to Talk for me. The service is very well organised and the team are lovely to work with – I could not wish for better colleagues. So far I have felt very well supported and the workload has definitely been manageable.

"If you are considering making the next step in your career, or changing career completely like I did, then I would thoroughly recommend applying for the trainee PWP role with Time to Talk – the sense of achievement you get from helping people is immediate and so satisfying, and makes this such an enjoyable career and place to work."


Fatema found out about the role of PWP whilst working as a healthcare assistant on an acute mental health ward:

"Through my experience in secondary care, I had witnessed the urgent need for psychological support as a preventative effort to avoid a person’s need for crisis intervention. I was enthused to learn that this sat with the values of Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) and I was keen to be a part of this workforce. I found that my experience in a clinical setting complimented the qualities needed of a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner and I decided to take the plunge!

"Having now completed my year of training with Time to Talk (TTT), I’ve been a qualified PWP for six months and the role has both met and surprised my expectations. I am motivated by the impact of the role and the ability to improve the lives of others. As part of a multi-disciplinary team, I am continuously learning from my colleagues and eager about the advocacy of the role. I am encouraged by the IAPT ethos of ensuring that treatments are accessible for various population groups. This is a central characteristic of IAPT services.

"As a PWP my work involves carrying out assessments and delivering low-intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) treatments for people presenting with mild to moderate symptoms of depression or anxiety. The workload is fast-paced and as TTT is an expanding service, I am certainly kept on my toes!

"Working and living in the coastal town of Worthing definitely helps to balance the rigour of work with play. Although the role can be challenging and sometimes it can feel that there aren’t enough hours in the day, I feel supported through supervision and the allocated time to develop my clinical skills. It is a privilege to work and train with TTT as this is a nationally recognised leading service, excelling in performance and patient recovery.

"The best part of my job is developing a therapeutic relationship with my patients and seeing first-hand the impact the treatments can have on a patient’s life. Although I have completed training, my learning has certainly not stopped at TTT. The service is diligent about ensuring best practice and improving quality of care. There are many opportunities within the role and I am excited about my continued journey in the IAPT workforce."


Danni was surprised to learn that there was a role that would allow her to train on the job:

"I had known that I wanted to support people with their mental health for some time, but finding out that there was a role which would allow me to train whilst I worked was very exciting, and I was over the moon to be offered a Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner position with Time to Talk in September 2020.

"My experience with Time to Talk has been extremely positive. Despite starting a new role in the midst of a pandemic and largely having to work from home, I have felt supported throughout my time with the team here. Everyone is so kind and helpful.

"Training to be a PWP is a challenge; keeping up with work and study (as well as taking care of your own wellbeing) can be a lot to juggle at times, so it’s good to have a really supportive team.

"The work itself is really enjoyable; assessing patients and knowing that you are helping them in their journey towards better mental health feels amazing. I’ve now begun treating patients too, and there is no feeling quite like discharging a patient who has recovered because of the work we have done together. There has been a lot to learn, both in service and at university, and I have been excited to see my skill set growing each day!

"I would recommend the trainee PWP post at TTT to anyone. You won’t find a better place to train, the role is fascinating, and you’ll have a huge sense of achievement at the end of each day."

Other Employment Opportunities

We employ over 5,700 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

Staff Benefits

The NHS Pension Scheme is a valuable benefit to staff. All staff are encouraged to join the scheme which provides index-linked benefits, life assurance cover, 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, rising 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
The Key Worker Living scheme is a government-led initiative to assist some key NHS workers in purchasing a home. For further information visit the Sussex zone agent, Moat Housing, or the 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 annual NHS Staff Survey and the Trust's annual 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 and study leave, and a graduate studentship scheme. All staff are also entitled to regular and frequent supervision, a personal development plan and an annual Personal Development Review.

Health, wellbeing 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 eye tests and workplace 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.

View our Trust Benefits Brochure.

Staff Networks and Support Groups

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

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.

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

Disability Network

  • Creating a positive and inclusive workplace
  • Improving accessibility and challenging stereotypes
  • Supporting and empowering disabled colleagues

The Disability Network is open to ALL Trust staff and volunteers, and offers support and guidance around disabilities including short and long term health conditions, sensory impairments, mental health issues, and learning difficulties and disabilities.

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. 

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 wellbeing 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.

Staff Awards and Ball

Once a year we hold a Staff Awards and 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 Awards winners.

Contact our Recruitment team

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

01273 242227

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