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Six smiling members of staff, standing in a line and visible from the waist up. They are wearing a mixture of office clothes and clinical uniforms, with Trust lanyards and ID badges.

 

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 latest opportunities - Join our Urgent Community Response Service

Our Urgent Community Response Service provides urgent care and therapy to people aged 18 and over, in their own home, to help them avoid being admitted to hospital. It also supports people to return home following a hospital stay.

The team responds to referrals within two hours, providing rapid access to a range of health and social care professionals, including nurses, occupational therapists, rehabilitation assistants and physiotherapists.

Their short-term support helps people manage a health crisis or illness, medication needs, feeding and hydration, to ensure that they can remain in their own home safely and live more independently for longer.

The service runs every day of the year from 8am to 8pm.

What roles are available?

This is a new team operating across the High Weald, Lewes and Havens area of East Sussex, so we have a wide range of opportunities available in both healthcare and support roles:

Leadership and management
For experienced professionals looking for an opportunity to run an NHS service or take the clinical lead in a specialist area, such as nursing or physiotherapy. See the roles available and apply now.

Registered professional roles
Entry level and senior positions for nurses, occupational therapists and physiotherapists. See the roles available and apply now

Administration and unregistered healthcare professionals
Health and Therapy Assistant roles as well as support opportunities around administration and care coordination. See the roles available and apply now.

First steps in NHS
We have plenty of opportunities for people looking to change career, and you don’t need any previous healthcare or NHS experience. See the roles available and apply now.

We also have other similar roles available across Brighton and Hove and West Sussex, you can see here.

Why work for us?

Working for the NHS means that you will make a difference to the lives of local people every single day. Alongside job satisfaction we can offer you a great range of terms and benefits, including:

  • Flexible working options, including job sharing, part time, term time hours, annualised hours, career breaks, parental leave and adoption leave
  • Excellent training and development opportunities
  • NHS pension scheme, providing index-linked benefits, life assurance cover and disability and redundancy benefits
  • Generous annual leave, starting at 27 days per year (pro rata for part-time staff) plus all public Bank Holidays, rising to 29 days after five years’ service, and 33 days after 10 years’ service.
  • Continuous NHS service- if you transfer from another NHS employer you can carry over your continuous NHS service
  • Supportive team environments
  • Living wage employer, offering competitive rates of pay
  • Cost-effective and convenient workplace nurseries
  • Thriving BAME, Disability and Wellbeing, LGBTQ+ and Religion and Belief staff networks
  • Interest free season ticket loans for public transport to work
  • Tax efficient ‘bike to work’ scheme
  • Access to a wide range of benefits and discounts on well-known brands and retailers, exclusively available to NHS staff

Full details are available in our Trust Benefits Brochure.

But don’t take our word for it that SCFT is a great place to work. Our annual staff survey revealed that SCFT has a compassionate culture and leadership, with excellent support for staff wellbeing. And we’re rated as ‘Good’ with 'Outstanding’ features by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), who monitor our services.

Further information

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss any of the available roles, please contact Operational Team Leads Jacqui Hilder and Jessica Poulton on sc-tr.hwlh-rs-opsleads@nhs.net 

About our Trust

We are the main provider of NHS community services in Brighton and Hove, West Sussex, and the High Weald, Lewes and Havens area of West Sussex.

Our 6,000 staff serve a population of 1.3 million and provide essential medical, nursing, and therapeutic care to more than 9,000 people every day.

We work to help people plan, manage, and adapt to changes in their health to prevent avoidable admission to hospital and to minimise hospital stay.

Our vision is to provide excellent care at the heart of the community.

 

Our other current vacancies 

All of our current vacancies can be viewed on the NHS Jobs website.

View all current vacancies

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
sc-tr.ourpeoplesgateway@nhs.net

Welcome to nursing at SCFT

Watch this video to hear from our nursing teams delivering care to more than 9,000 people in our communities across Sussex every day:

What it's like being a nurse at SCFT

Watch this video where our Community Nurses share their experiences about what it's like to work at SCFT:

Nursing career opportunities at SCFT

Watch this video where our nurses share how the opportunities and support they have received at SCFT:

Join us to make a difference and be part of a community that cares.

Healthcare Assistant Opportunities

Your career as a healthcare assistant

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?

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

You don't need previous experience; we’ll train you on the job, supporting you to be the best that you can be.

We have vacancies in our  community hospitals across the county, as well as with our community nursing teams who support people in their own homes

Main duties of the job

Skills and personal characteristics needed to join us as a HCA;

To be a healthcare assistant, you'll need to be

  • caring and kind
  • cheerful and friendly
  • willing to be hands-on with patients
  • willing to do personal care tasks (washing, toileting, etc)
  • able to follow instructions and procedures
  • able to work in a team but use your own initiative

You'll also need

  • communication skills, including listening
  • organisation skills
  • observational skills

Your training as a healthcare assistant will include basic nursing skills and you'll work towards achieving the Care Certificate, developed by Skills for CareSkills for Health and Health Education England and launched in 2015.

Find out more about the Care Certificate

We could also support you to study for qualifications through an apprenticeships such as:

  • the NCFE CACHE level 2 Certificate in Healthcare Support Services
  • the NCFE CACHE level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support

With experience and further training, you could become a senior healthcare assistant. You could then apply to train as an assistant practitioner or nursing associate. With the appropriate qualifications/evidence of academic ability, you could also train as one of the many degree-level healthcare professionals such as a nurse, podiatrist, midwife or occupational therapist.

There are so many opportunities to progress with us.

Working for our organisation

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) is the largest community healthcare provider in Sussex.

  • Over 8,400 full time, part time and bank staff members
  • Medical, nursing and therapeutic care provided to over 10,000 children and adults a day
  • July 2018 Care Quality Commission (CQC) rating of ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ features
  • Flexible working patterns offered across all services
  • Thriving BAME, Disability and Wellbeing, LGBT+ and Religion and Belief staff networks
  • Accredited Level 3 Disability Confident Leader

SCFT is an inclusive employer that promotes equality and challenges discrimination, and welcomes applications from people of all backgrounds. Applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, disabled candidates and LGBT+ candidates are particularly encouraged, to ensure the Trust’s workforce reflects the diverse communities it serves.

Additional benefits

What else 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 discounts and salary sacrifice schemes

You’ll also have access to our generous pension scheme and health service discounts, as well as 27 days of annual leave, plus bank holidays, which increases the longer you’re in service.

Apply here

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

01273 242227
sc-tr.ourpeoplesgateway@nhs.net

Allied Health Professionals Opportunities

Join our NHS family as an Allied Health Professional

At Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) we have over 850 Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) – our second largest clinical workforce.

We have lots of AHP opportunities on offer at SCFT including: dietetics, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry, radiography, speech and language therapy, and therapy support.

Our AHPs make a real difference to patients by providing crucial health care services at the heart of our community. They work in patients’ own homes, hospitals, schools, clinics, care homes, primary care environments, hospices, and with the homeless.

AHPs use a holistic, patient-centred approach to assessment, treatment and rehabilitation. What matters to each individual patient is central, so AHPs work alongside patients to improve their health and enjoy their life to the full.

The multi-disciplinary teams that makes up the Allied Health Professions play a crucial role in helping patients maximise their potential, improve their health and wellbeing, and prevent illness and hospital visits.

Watch our video called ‘Your Career as an Allied Health Professional’ featuring some of our AHPs explaining what they do and why they find their careers so rewarding:

Feeling inspired? View all our current vacancies and apply today.

Find out more about our AHP areas below, including some short videos showcasing staff perspectives of their AHP role.

Occupational Therapy

Our Occupational Therapists help patients who have difficulties carrying out day-to-day activities because of disability, illness, trauma, ageing, and long-term conditions. They help patients identify what activities are most important to them, then support patients to adapt their environment and learn new ways of doing these tasks – helping them overcome challenges and restoring their independence.

Watch this short video featuring Malebogo Koakae, Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist, sharing her experience:

Find out more information about our dedicated Occupational Therapy services at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust:

Physiotherapy

Our Physiotherapists help patients maximise their movement, strength, balance and function after an injury, operation, or because of a long term disability or genetic condition, and will work with patients in their own homes, in clinics, in schools and in other community settings where, for example, they may run groups to aid recovery, independence and function.

They work with patients with a range of illnesses and conditions, providing rehabilitation and support for neurological, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular or respiratory conditions, or as a result of ageing or physical disability. They recommend individualised treatment plans and work with patients to gain and improve independence, promoting activity and helping people participate in their favourite activities and hobbies.

Watch these short videos featuring Emily Windsor, Paediatric Physiotherapy Technician, and Steffi Bailey, Advanced Clinical Practice Physiotherapist, sharing their experience:

Find out more information about our dedicated Physiotherapy services at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust:

Speech and Language

Our Speech and Language Therapists provide life-changing treatment to children and adults who have difficulties communicating, eating, drinking, or swallowing because of impairments, illness or injury.

Watch this short video featuring Ruth Willis, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, sharing her experience:

Find out more information about our dedicated Speech and Language Therapy services at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust:

Therapy Support

Our therapy support staff work alongside all AHPs to help deliver planned therapy for patients. They are crucial for enabling patients to be as independent as possible by supporting their mobility, self-care, and day-to-day activities.

Watch this short video featuring Adam Boxall, Therapy Assistant, sharing his experience:

Podiatry

Our Podiatrists work in hospitals, in partnership with local acute trusts trusts, community clinics and in people’s homes to diagnose and treat conditions of the foot and lower limb which have been affected by injury or illness. These clinicians see a range of patients and conditions and are involved in treating and resolving wounds, limb salvage, musculo-skeletal conditions, nail surgery, paediatic podiatry, the maintenance of mobility, and we offer education around foot conditions and elements of self care.

Watch this short video featuring Gemma Higgins, Assistant Practitioner within Podiatry, sharing her experience:

Find out more information about our dedicated Podiatry services at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust:

Radiography

Watch these short videos featuring Kathy Gunn, Imaging Manager, and Iwona Hynek, Sonographer, sharing their experiences:

Dietetics

Our dietitians assess and identify food and nutrition problems and support patients to promote good health and recovery, and to prevent disease. Most of the people we see have been diagnosed with malnutrition, diabetes and gastrointestinal conditions, or require assistance with home enteral feeding.

Watch this short video featuring Linda Heng-Nellis, Highly Specialised Dietitian, sharing her experience:

If you have any questions about working with us as an Allied Health Professional or would like an informal discussion, please contact Sandra Speller, Associate Director for Allied Health Professionals, at: sandra.speller@nhs.net.

Apply now

View all our current vacancies.

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

01273 242227
sc-tr.ourpeoplesgateway@nhs.net

Other Employment Opportunities

We employ over 5,700 full and part time staff, and have over 1,500 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

Pensions 
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 27 days annual leave (pro rata for part time staff) plus all public Bank Holidays, rising to 29 days after five 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 and Wellbeing Network

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

The Disability and Wellbeing 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.

Contact our Recruitment team

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

01273 242227
sc-tr.ourpeoplesgateway@nhs.net

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