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What we do

We provide specialist NHS mental health and learning disability services in South East England.

We care for people at home, in hospital and through our community services. Our services are for people of all ages across Sussex. We also provide specialist mental health services for children and young people in Hampshire.

Our services are rated 'good' by the Care Quality Commission and 'outstanding' for caring.

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Where we are

You don't need to look any further if you're after outstanding countryside and beautiful beaches. We've got the sea air and the sound of the surf. There's the hustle and bustle of Brighton and the scenic South Downs. Not only that, the Hampshire and Sussex coastline is the sunniest place to live in the UK (just ask the Met Office!).

This really is a lovely place to live and work.

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Partnership is in our name and the way we work

We collaborate closely across health and care on behalf of the patients, families, carers and local communities we serve. We work with others including the voluntary sector, housing and employment agencies, and the people who use our services. 

We're part of Sussex Health and Care Partnership, as well as Hampshire and Isle of Wight Sustainability and Transformation Partnership. This is about working in partnership as a system to improve care and treatment for the local communities we serve.

As the lead organisation for two Provider Collaboratives, we're also responsible for commissioning specialist children's mental health services in Dorset and Wessex, as well as secure care in Kent and Sussex.

We have a charity called Heads On which helps people with mental health problems and learning disabilities feel supported, stay active and be more involved in their communities.

You can find more information about some of our partners vacancies here

Partnership perks

At Sussex Partnership we are committed to providing excellent support to all staff, to help them maintain and improve their own health and wellbeing.

We offer a variety of initiatives, activities and support schemes for all our staff to enjoy the benefits of. This includes staff discounts, staff health and wellbeing days, and an Employee Support Programme.

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We're strong on learning and innovation

We're one of the most research active NHS organisations in our field. We carry out high quality research and put it into practice to improve patient care. We're also at the forefront of using digital technology to transform treatment.

How we work

We encourage flexible working. We know that a positive work/ life balance brings about huge health-related benefits, which has a positive impact on the care we provide. Please speak to us about flexible working, for example, home-working, part time hours, flexible start/ finish times or anything else. If it works for you and works for the role, we'll do our best to make it happen.


We are passionate about using learning to continuously improve patient, family, carer and staff experience. We believe in listening to feedback and acting in response. We don't default to blaming people when something goes wrong.

We welcome, value and respect the fact that everyone's different. We aim for equality, inclusion and fairness in everything we do, both as an employer and a healthcare provider. People from all backgrounds are welcome to work here and use our services. 

We want people to come to work feeling empowered and able to raise concerns without feeling criticised. We want them to be themselves, and we encourage them to share ideas about how we can do things differently.

Staying true to our values is important to us. This is about how we behave and work with each other. It involves treating people with kindness and respect, especially when we feel stressed or under pressure.

We believe in building trust and in making sure hierachy doesn't get in the way of positive changes. We want people to feel supported, included as part of a team and clear about their responsibilities.

This is about being the kind of organisation where, once people join, they want to stay.

We use techniques like Quality Improvement (QI) to continuously plan, deliver and evaluate change.

As a University Teaching Trust, we carry out high quality research to help improve care and treatment. We’re one of the most research active NHS mental health and learning disability trusts in the country. 

We also host the Applied Research Centre (ARC) in Kent, Surry and Sussex. Our ARC is one of 15 across the country funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). It involves working with universities, local authorities and charities to increase the speed at which research is put into practice to benefit patients.

Our values

Our values guide the way we behave and how we want people to experience Sussex Partnership, whether as someone who uses our services, works with us or works here.

People first

people are at the heart of everything we do

Future focused

we're optimistic, we learn and always try to improve

Embracing change

we're bold, innovative and disciplined about using our resources to improve

Working together

we provide services in partnership with patients

Everyone counts

we value, appreciate and respect each other

People, prevention, partnerships

What we want to achieve

Our mission is to champion the rights of people with mental health difficulties and learning disabilities, and we work with our partners to bring health and care services together to improve the care they receive.

Our vision is to improve the quality of life for the communities we serve.

We're working to achieve our mission and vision through our organisational strategy: people, prevention and partnerships. This involves:

  • Joining up services in partnership across health, social care, housing, employment and education
  • Creating and sustaining a collaborative, compassionate and caring organisational culture which promotes inclusion
  • Using our resources wisely, which includes research, innovation and learning to develop new treatments and develop our workforce
  • Promoting health, wellbeing and resilience within the communities we serve

We’d love for you to join our team

To apply to join us, and find out more about current opportunities, go to our jobs feed.

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