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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

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

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

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

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

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