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Recruitment underway in Bromley and Bexley as government announces 21,000 posts for mental health sector

PUBLISHED: 12:09 01 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:19 01 August 2017

The Bracton Centre in Dartford is managed by Oxleas NHS Foundation trust and cares for patients from Bromley, Bexley and Greenwich

The Bracton Centre in Dartford is managed by Oxleas NHS Foundation trust and cares for patients from Bromley, Bexley and Greenwich

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Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of mental health care services across the boroughs

A leading trust behind Bromley and Bexley’s mental health provision has welcomed government plans to create almost 10,000 jobs within the sector.

On Monday, health secretary Jeremy Hunt announced a £1.3billion package to transform mental health services, pledging to treat an extra one million patients by 2021 with a 24/7 service integrating mental and physical needs.

Under the proposals, the government hopes to create 21,000 new posts in the next four years, including 2,000 additional nurses, consultants and therapist posts in child and adolescent mental health services, 2,900 additional therapists to help expand adult talking therapies and 4,800 additional posts for nurses and therapists working in crisis care settings, 4,600 of which will be nursing positions.

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of mental health services including crisis support care, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and care for older patients across Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich.

It also runs the Bracton Centre, a secure mental health unit in Wilmington.

A spokesperson from the trust said: “We welcome the focus on mental health services and the plan to expand the mental health workforce.

“As a major local employer, we already offer a range of jobs across Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich and we are committed to promoting equality and diversity through career development and flexible working.

“We are currently looking to recruit local people and would like to invite anyone interested in joining us in this important and worthwhile area of work to visit the job section on our website www.oxleas.nhs.uk.”

The government has pledged an expansion in “all major specialisms”, with Mr Hunt saying: “We want people with mental health conditions to receive better treatment, and part of that means having the right NHS staff. We know we need to do much more to attract, retain and support the mental health workforce of the future. Today is the first step to address this historic imbalance in workforce planning.

“As we embark on one of the biggest expansions of mental health services in Europe it is crucial we have the right people in post – that’s why we’re supporting those already in the profession to stay and giving incentives to those considering a career in mental health.”

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