Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
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Working for Sussex partnership has been rewarding and meeting loads of people but can be stressful to. No days are the same and no calls are the same and can be distressing
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Terrible place

Poor leadership and no sense of empowerment or respect. Culture of ‘talk to the hand cause the face ain’t listening’. No decent support, buy readily harassed. Hounded out for speaking out. Horrendous experience.
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Based on 16 survey responses
What people like
  • Feeling of personal appreciation
  • Supportive environment
  • Clear sense of purpose
Areas for improvement
  • Fair pay for job
  • Energising work tasks
  • Ability to meet personal goals

Very stressful when things get tough and patients put extra pressure on you when damage became frequent

worst thing about this job was management, no support and nowhere to be seen during covid. No wonder the NHS has no money, endless meetings about who knows what, probably organising another meeting!

Pros

no flexibility for a work life balance

Cons

Too stressful and managers not in touch with the hands on workers
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Good organisation to work for

Friendly , positive organisation to work for .Good work place culture ,and positive inclusiveness noted keep staff well informed of changes and encourage feedback in a variety of ways
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Lovely people, too much work, not enough pay

I loved the team and the management were all lovely, but I was expected to complete roles and responsibilities outside of my pay band every day. When I spoke to management about this they told me if I wanted more more money, I’d have to find another job!

Pros

Great team!

Cons

Low pay
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Poor work till you drop culture. Poor management. Staffing crisis

Things seem to go downhill and never improve. People leaving aren't replaced due to budget issues and their work gets absorbed by those left behind. Management aren't transparent and make empty promises. Micromanaging is a big issue. Poorly coordinated training and way too much email traffic making it imposible to ever be fully in the know of what's going on.Imposible expectations as the work vs staff ratio isn't compatible. No sense of achievement. No opportunity to train or explore other areas as simply no staff.Amount of work, expectations and knowledge needed to do the work not reflected on pay package.

Pros

NHS discounts Free Parking

Cons

Way too much work not enough staff. Poor management. Work till you drop culture
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Good workplace

I enjoyed my time working there. Many people were very experienced and skilled and I learnt a lot from them. Working within the NHS is a mixed experience but was generally positive.
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Official response from Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

16 November 2021
Thank you very much for your review. It is great to hear that your experience working with us was a positive one!

You have to fit in with management

Issues at work. pushed under the carpet.and ignored. Staff work hard and are not appreciated. Management frown on staff that report physical assult by patients to staff .

Pros

None

Cons

Long days
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Dreadful management. No Support

Very little support with risky patientsMixed messages from management There is no support for the wellbeing of staffYou are expected to do a lot of extra training outside of work which takes up evenings Paid hardly anything for the sheer workload you are expected to do. On a questionnaire across country, scored 1.2/5 for feeling valuedNo support with patients who are abusive to you. No social aspect between colleagues. Don't pick which evenings you work. Everyone is paid the lowest wage in the band bracketNO CAREER PROGRESSION

Pros

occasional thank you from clients

Cons

Stressful, poor management, lack of support
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Supportive working environment

Currently working on a short term contract but my experience has been excellent. The team are very supportive, especially as the role is primarily home based. This has been especially helpful in creating a strong work/ life balance with flexible use of my time, I have found this transition smooth and reduced stress around managing childcare. The culture here supports the development of staff in their roles and a focus on their overall wellbeing. Peers and those in a management position are all very approachable, I feel that I have developed valuable new transferable skills and I would highly recommend working with this team. An enjoyable aspect of the job is the open dialogue of skills advancement and opportunity to support in further ways.

Pros

Flexible use of time, supportive colleagues

Cons

A few things unclear to begin with but this prompted independence in the role
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Psychiatric Nurse

I’m really happy with my new role & how supportive the workplace has been within Sussex Partnership Trust. I was hesitant about moving to the community & lone working but have been pleasantly surprised. The team is very supportive, offer lots experience & advise. There is plenty of time to meet as a team to discuss any concerns. Everyone is really friendly & there is a great sense of community spirit.

Pros

The position with beautiful views, lots of chance to meet as a team & discuss any concerns. Support to grow within your role.
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I meet lots of people from other areas and although I’ve worked in many versions of this Trust as it’s developed I’ve never been tempted by others

There’s always been a fantastic approach to work life balance with longer shifts, school friendly (not quite term time) hours, long days etc being agreed. Staff regularly say that their support for each other and love for their teams is the best. The work is tough, the staff are dedicated but martyrdom is not applauded either. It’s a large Trust so communication is not always easy but check out the leaders nationally. And it’s a beautiful place to live with cheap house prices (East Sussex) for the south. Interviews can be long with a range of activities as they want great staff but are also values based.

Pros

People friendly, lots to get involved with

Cons

No 360 recruitment as on the coast
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Bullying culture.

Absolute bullies from admin staff to managers. Never worked in such an awful place. Managers do nothing to support staff and are full of false promises. AVOID at all costs. Admin staff are the worst and constantly gossip. If you fancy going back to school bullies again then here is for you! Even the doctors called it “H*ll Rise”.

Pros

Literally nothing

Cons

Everything
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Blame game

I quite enjoyed my time in the beginning, but then I noticed that things would go wrong and I got the blame, which I thought fair enough as I am new, but as time went on I made notes of everything I had done I wasn't to blame it was the newly appointed manager, who had worked for the team for years and had no idea what they were doing, so no I would not recommend sorry. You may find it better but I certainly didn't. I will take the blame if I had done something wrong but I will not be an escape goat.

Pros

Umm... there were a couple of nice people

Cons

Blame game, being told off for something I hadn't done. Not good
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Good place to work

I really enjoyed my time in the partnership, it was a energetic team and a friendly environment that was beneficial to anyone’s mental health. The first place I felt part of a team and even the management would stop you to say hello. It is a really lovely place to work, but on the down side, the management aren’t the most experienced per say and can be cliquey. They can occasionally stitch you up in a situation if you are working with the wrong staff

Pros

The majority of the company

Cons

Clique/blame culture
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No two days the same

Every days varied and sometimes very stressful. Poorly led Admin Team meetings, but by attending the MDT and other related Meetings gained information to feed back

Pros

Good supportive colleagues within the main Team

Cons

Poor Admin leadership
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average work place

lack of communication between management and staff, agency staff brought in when not required as already staffed lack of direction by supervisors as to tasks required
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Good

I would recommend friends to work at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Job culture good Management style needs some improvement Staff support is good
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Poor

Terrible management. Awful all the way up the ladder. No people skills. No clear direction, no upskilling of staff. Poorly looked after. Only look after themselves.
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Productive and fun workplace

Fun and active place to work. Fast paced. Managers can be supportive when needed. Can be stressful at times. Good career progression for the right person
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Support services

Rubbish company to work for. No support for support staff, had 6 members of clinical staff leave in one month. All management do is hold meetings and nothing gets actioned. Replacing substantive staff who have left with agency staff, some of which do not have a DBS certificate. There is NO patient first within this organisation. Clinics are cancelled at short notice because consultants don’t want to work.
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Based on 57 reviews

Ratings by category

3.2 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.0 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.3 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
2.9 out of 5 stars for Management
3.3 out of 5 stars for Culture

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