Join Sussex Partnership as a registered mental health nurse (RMN) or a learning disability nurse (RNLD) and you'll be part of a great team making a difference to people's lives on a daily basis.


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Why work in nursing at Sussex Partnership

At Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, everyone is welcome. 

Ask our people and they will tell you that working for Sussex Partnership gives them a sense of belonging, that they feel part of a community and accepted for who they are.  We pride ourselves on our positive and inclusive culture where everyone is supported to thrive.  

We put people first - whether you are someone who uses our services, works with us or works here. We’re proud of the difference we make to our communities, and we’re equally proud of the people who create such impact and difference.

Here's what Kim's has to saying about being part of the nursing team at Sussex Partnership:


You will work as part of a diverse multi-disciplinary team, working with a variety of roles including Occupational Therapists, Psychologists and Medics, to support people - children and young people, adults and older adults - during their recovery or period of care. 

We're passionate about investing in our people to enable them develop and grow professionally. Join our nursing team and we will support you in your career progression and development, with a variety of training and development routes and opportunities. We are a member of the University Hospital Association and have close links with local universities and colleges, giving our nurses access to nationally recognised courses. 

Whatever stage you are in your nursing career, we will welcome you at Sussex Partnership. 

We know that supporting people with mental health problems and learning disabilities can be demanding so we offer our staff a range of wellbeing incentives, including mindfulness sessions, free access to apps such as Headspace and discounted gym membership. Find out more about the employee benefits we offer Here

And we encourage our staff to achieve a positive work/life balance by offering flexible working. We know this has huge health-related benefits for our staff, which in turn has a positive impact on the care we provide. We always aim to approve requests as long as they meet the needs of the service.

You'll be joining Sussex Partnership at a time of transformation where all our staff have a role to play in shaping our mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity services to improve the lives of the communities we serve. Research is at the core of everything we so that we can continually improve our clinical care. We have our own dedicated research and development with a team of researchers based at the Sussex Education Centre, University of Sussex, Sussex Medical School and the University of Brighton. 

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What a career in nursing has to offer

You'll make a unique contribution to patient care and build relationships with the people you're supporting, their families and carers. 

A career in nursing with the NHS also provides job stability and offers long-term career progression, with lots of training opportunities that contribute to life-long learning. 

As a nurse, you will have the opportunity to learn and grow in different areas of healthcare, or apply to branch out into another role at Sussex Partnership, such as moving into research, management or specialist services.  Newly qualified nurses will be supported through our preceptorship programme.

As a mental health nurse, you'll be supporting people at some of the hardest times in their lives. Helping them to get better is extremely rewarding.  

Our mental health nurses work in a variety of settings, including psychiatric wards caring for adults and older adults to working with children and young people at our specialist CAMHS inpatient unit in West Sussex. 

We also have a of community-based mental health nurses, with a Band 5 to Band 6 development opportunities. They support people in their homes or through a community-based treatment programme, such as Spring Tide, our flagship service in Brighton & Hove supporting young people with an eating disorder.

Our learning disability nurses work in a variety of settings, including hospital inpatient wards, community learning disability teams and as acute liaison nurses in the general hospital setting.

You will work with the individuals, their families or carers, referrers and service providers to determine the outcomes needed and ensure that the person's stay or care enables better life quality. We will work together to assess and develop appropriate interventions and care programmes to nurture the individual's skills whilst working to reduce health inequalities and prevent avoidable deaths.

Working hand-in-hand with partner agencies and care managers you work to identify suitable placements that meet the individual’s identified care and support needs for the future once they are discharged from our services.