If you're a psychiatrist looking for the next step in your career, join us in Sussex CAMHS. Working in our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) will offer you a range of opportunities to develop your career, such as teaching, and get access to a medical school and an award-winning research department. 

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Why choose Sussex Partnership?

You will be joining an organisation that is continuously developing. Our working environment and culture are based on trust, learning, accountability and responsibility. We want staff to feel empowered to influence and make positive changes to working practices.

  • We've developed a comprehensive induction programme to help orient you to the workplace environment and your team and service.
  • An active mentorship programme and learning set are offered to new medics.
  • Consultants are provided with dedicated time in their job plan to teach and train, as well as having the opportunity to use SPA time for clinical and other research through the University of Sussex, University of Brighton and Sussex Medical School.
  • In addition to the support you will receive through your multi-disciplinary team, peer support groups and dedicated administrators, you will also be supported by our corporate teams, for example, the Digital team, who deliver Technology Cafes and patient information system training.

We offer a wide range of rewards and benefits to our staff. This includes flexible working, generous pension scheme and holiday allowance, as well as investment in your training and development.

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 
  • as well as the right training for staff at all levels of the organisation to provide the most effective, compassionate and safe care.

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. With strong links to 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.

Sussex Partnership is committed to the design, delivery and translation of high-quality research in order to improve our services and the experience of our patients. We are consistently one of the most active mental health research organisations in England and were ranked second out of 57 specialist mental health trusts for the number of people involved in research by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in 2018/19. The Trust achieved a 62% increase in the number of people involved in research studies within the last year, having recruited 3,932 research participants in 2018/19 compared to 2,427 in 2017/18.

Our ongoing achievements as a research organisation rely extensively upon collaborations with academic and research partners. Our academic partners include Brighton and Sussex Medical School, the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton, with whom we actively support and fund joint appointments to clinical academic posts. In collaboration with the NIHR and academic partners, we are developing research infrastructure across the South East region to ensure that programmes of high-quality clinical research can be developed and sustained. Most recently, we have been granted a multi-million-pound award to host an Applied Research Collaboration, with an emphasis on research for young people, dementia, primary care and social care.

The Trust has an award-winning Research & Development Department, a Medical Lead for Research and a Chief Medical Officer who has Board level responsibility for Research & Development. All are committed to supporting members of the medical workforce to develop and progress their roles as clinical researchers. 

It's hugely important that we ensure our staff are supported to stay healthy and well.  We previously held a Medics Conference with its primary focus being staff well-being and working in the modern NHS. The conference had both internal and external speakers, receiving great feedback from attendees and helping us go into 2020 with well-being at the forefront.

Our Staff Health & Wellbeing Strategy delivers a range of services and health promotion events, from health checks to an employee assistance programme. Read more about what we do to support the wellbeing of our staff.

We’re building an organisation for 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 and at Sussex Partnership we care deeply about hiring, retaining, and developing a workforce that reflects the communities we serve. To support this, we have introduced a range of staff networks, which play a crucial role in helping staff to build relationships, access development opportunities, and ensure underrepresented communities know they belong here.

Read more about our approach to inclusive recruitment and watch this video to learn more. 


In June 2019, we were awarded an overall rating of ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and assessed ‘outstanding’ for caring. 

Both patients and carers gave positive feedback about the care they received, sharing that our staff treated them with compassion and kindness, respected their privacy and dignity and understood their individual needs.

The CQC noted that there was strong leadership at all levels of the organisation, with a focus on patient care at the forefront of decision-making. They also recognised a sustained improvement in the culture of the Trust, with high morale amongst staff who were proud to work for the organisation, and who felt both valued and supported. Staff felt inspired and able to be innovative and make changes in the services in which they worked.

Working in CAMHS

Hear from our own staff about their role working as a psychiatrist at Sussex CAMHS, what opportunities are available, and why they love living and working in Sussex.

Living and working in Sussex

From the stunning South Downs National Park and Areas of Outstanding Beauty, to 140 miles of coastline, Sussex has it all. It is home the vibrant cities of Brighton and Chichester and historic towns of Lewes and Hastings, with plenty of picturesque villages in between. What's more it boasts some of the sunniest spots in the UK. Read more about living and working in Sussex.

If you need to relocate, we know this can be a massive decision for you and your family. You can rest assured that we will support you every step of the way with our recruitment and relocation initiatives.

We offer a relocation allowance for expenses of up to £8,000. We also offer a recruitment and retention premium for Consultant CAMHS Psychiatrists who join the Trust of £25,000. The payment is made in the following instalments:

  • First instalment

£5,000 payment paid on appointment

  • Second instalment

£5,000 retention payment paid at 12-month anniversary of employment

  • Third instalment

£6,500 retention payment paid at 30-month anniversary of employment

  • Fourth instalment

£8,500 retention payment paid at 48-month anniversary of employment

The recruitment and retention payment is pro rata for part time employees. If you would like further information, or to know the full terms of the recruitment and retention payment and/or the relocation allowance, please contact our Medical Staffing Team - medicalstaffing@spft.nhs.uk.

If you need to register or re-register with the GMC to take up a Consultant Psychiatrist post, we offer support of up to £5,000 for the expenses of registering for the first time or re- registering, including the costs of translation of certificates, travel to certify identity and registration costs.

Work with us

Take a look at our current recruitment vacancies.

Want to know a little bit more about Sussex Partnership, or can’t see a role that is right for you? Please get in touch by phone or email and we will be more than happy to discuss your career options:

Email: medicalstaffing@sussexpartnership.nhs.uk

Tel: 0300 304 0393

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