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“Thanks in advance for considering joining the Southern Health family.  I am proud to be working in an organisation with such determination and ambition for genuine and progressive change.  Your talent, strong sense of social justice and inclusivity of all, will further strengthen our cause to become a truly diverse employer of choice.” Sarb Birk, Diversity and Inclusion Lead.

Being inclusive – welcoming everyone and embracing difference – has to be the bedrock of our culture, if you share our passion for inclusivity we would love you to join our leadership team as a Non-Executive Director.

We know that we have a way to go to make our organisation truly inclusive and we are looking for someone with leadership skills in social justice, equality, diversity, community relations and inclusion to drive us forward. We want to be representative of the population we serve at all levels by 2024/25 – that is to be inclusive of everyone’s background – gender, disability, sexual orientation, trans+ - all backgrounds. We are taking action to stop any inequality and injustice.  

We are committed to creating a culture where equality, diversity and human rights are promoted actively and discrimination on the basis of peoples protected characteristics is not tolerated. Recent national reports, such as the Marmot Review, clearly show that despite some progress there is much for the NHS and wider society to do to bring equal access and outcomes for people irrespective of their backgrounds or circumstances. The full marmot review can be found here -

You’ll need to have a broad range of strategic skills and significant experience of aiding social change, being an ally, understanding and championing diversity as well as bringing about meaningful change in complex organisations. If you have the ability to challenge, inspire, motivate, advocate, influence and act as an ally both internally and externally, then please get in touch.

You’ll be working for Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust one of the largest NHS Foundation trusts in the country, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disability services. We have ambitious plans to become an outstanding, patient-led Trust with a fresh board driving our 6,000 dedicated staff to provide the best possible care to our 240,000 patients. We serve a diverse community of 1.3 million people in the beautiful county of Hampshire on England’s south coast.

Further information can be found in our application pack

To be part of our journey please apply by sending your application including CV and supporting statement to our Senior Recruitment Specialist: by no later than noon on 28 August 2020.

If you have any questions please contact Lynne Hunt, Chair, via Kerry Salmon, Deputy Director of Workforce on


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   Hear from our leaders on the importance of diversity and inclusion

Blog post from Paul Draycott, Director of Workforce, Organisational Development and Communications
In this in-depth and impassioned op-ed, Paul delivers a withering summary of inequalities facing BAME colleagues within the NHS and sets out how we can all take action to make the Trust a more diverse and inclusive place.
Read the piece on Medium now.     

Paul also talks about Southern Health take on Equality and Diversity and our current position. You can view the video here.

Dr Karl Marlowe, Chief Medical Officer talks passionately about how Southern Health is tackling health inequalities and social injustice. This includes three areas of focus over the next few months that we hope will have a profound effect on Hampshire people for years to come. You can view the video here.



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    Living in Hampshire    

Hampshire is based in the centre of the South Coast. As well as the idyllic New Forest National Park we have some the country’s best beaches and coastline on our doorstep. If it’s culture you’re after then we have the historical cities of Portsmouth, Winchester and Salisbury within easy reach. There’s some amazing museums such as Milestones Living History Museum in Basingstoke and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard with the prestigious Mary Rose.

The county is served with some great travel links with quick and easy access to London. Southampton also has its own airport with large motorways including M3 and M27 serving the whole area.

If you like to be kept busy then we can help here too. Southampton, Portsmouth and Winchester have a great range of shops, restaurants and bars with fantastic leisure facilities. You can pop on the ferry to Isle of Wight and join in with the annual music festival. There are also regular Farmers’ Markets held in villages across the county selling fresh, local produce and a range of homemade treats.

For those of you who enjoy sport we have a county cricket team and a premier league football team. If you love the water, then Hampshire is for you! We host Cowes Week sailing event, and a kite surfing festival every year. There are also many opportunities for kayaking, windsurfing and SUP.

If you currently live further afield then, get in touch to enquire about our attractive relocation packages and join us to enjoy south coast living. Email:

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Who are we?

Southern Health is one of the largest NHS Foundation Trusts in the country, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disability services. Whatever you’re looking for from your career, with over 6,000 employees, you’ll find it at Southern Health.

There are hundreds of opportunities to expand your skills through our diverse range of services. As well as our inpatients services and community contacts we run a wide range of specialist services including diabetes care, frailty services, MRI scanning, an eating disorder service, stalking clinics and an award winning perinatal service. We also have a range of secure services including a specialist unit for young people aged 12 -18. Our research team is dedicated to conducting research into many areas of mental and physical health and you will have the opportunity to be part of our studies.

We passionate about providing remarkable care and we’re looking for people that share our mindset. People want different things from their career and we’re here to find the perfect package that’s right for you. From making sure you have time for family, working on the other passions in your life or finding the next rung on the career ladder, we can support you.


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