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  Raja's story 

I had been working in the older age mental health area for about 11 months continuously, both in Junior Doctor Roles and Locum roles when I started to consider older age as my career speciality. The reason for that was that it brings together several areas of psychiatry including things you would see in adult mental health, for example depression, psychosis and anxiety. But you also have people with dementia, which is probably the most exciting of all mental health disorders because there is a very direct connection between what the brain does and what the person presents with.

I find it very interesting, mostly because of the stories people have to share, you can have amazing conversations with older people about their lifetime, about how they survived the war, raising their children and their retirement. So there’s an entire breadth of life that you can go through within end of life care plans, that you don’t get with any other speciality.

We work closely with our GP colleagues and we set up a regular training scheme, where I would go into individual GP surgeries and give them a talk about what service we provide and how we could jointly manager patients.

That was hugely successful.

We were able to free up more spaces for people with early dementia symptoms because we were discharging patients for GP follow up, this meant that many patients were able to be diagnosed early. The GPs told us that if they had a tool to help them assess people for dementia symptoms, it would be greatly beneficial, and so I came up with ‘FORGET’, which is an acronym for dementia symptoms. This allowed GPs to easily and quickly assess patients. This tool was presented at the national dementia conference this year, and that was truly amazing – a real highlight for me and my colleagues as it took about five years to get to this point.

I have really enjoyed my journey here, trying to do things for the service, trying to do things for our patients and I feel genuinely supported and appreciated by members of staff and managers here at Southern Health.

I do really look forward to coming to work each day, sometimes very early!

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   A message from our Medical Director, Dr Karl Marlowe

We are one of the largest providers of mental health, learning disability, and community services in the country. We are also one of the only clinically-led Trust, headed up by Dr Nick Broughton (Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist) since November 2017.

We are on an ambitious journey to become an outstanding, patient-led Trust with a fresh board driving our 6,000 staff to provide the best care to our 240,000 patients.

With over 84% of our services rated as good or outstanding in our 2018 CQC report we’re looking for exemplary people to help us achieve our goals: far greater inclusion of patients and carers in the delivery of services, closer integration of our mental and physical health services with primary, acute and social care, more involvement of clinical staff in the leadership and design of improved services.


       Please feel free to give me a call on 023 8087 4319 to chat through any of our positions.   

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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.


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  Student nursing

Launch your career in one of the largest NHS Trusts in the country.           

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Meet Beth

"It’s incredibly interesting to be working with older people."       

 Beth Lawrence, Older People's Mental Health Nurse 

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 Meet Susanna

"I feel incredibly privileged to do such a role."

 Susanna Preedy, Deputy Director of Allied Health Professionals

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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