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  Richard's story 

I am trained in woodwork by trade but decided to become a postman. However, this didn’t offer me a huge amount of flexibility and with family commitments I started looking for a new career opportunity.

A family member suggested Broadmoor Hospital. Whilst I knew this would be a challenge it sounded like a great chance to develop and from there I began my training as a nurse specialist. This led to various clinical and eventually managerial roles within the NHS, varying from Surrey and Borders and finally onto Southern Health as Head of Nursing in the North.

Southern Health has been challenging over the years, both on the front line and within senior management. However I truly believe that we are transforming and that our goal is all about striving towards better outcomes and care for patients across the Trust.

Developing staff is a real interest of mine and one of the reasons that I love my job.

In my position I am able to ensure that the level of care provided is of a standard that I would be happy for my son or daughter to receive. Ultimately, I am here in this role because I want to make a difference. Making a difference to people’s lives and seeing them recover is what the NHS is all about.


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Why work in adult mental health services?

 Our aim is to provide high quality integrated care and to work collaboratively with our service users to support their recovery making a positive difference to their health, well-being and independence. We have a strong recovery ethos and are dedicated to promoting service user involvement at all levels. Adult mental health services offer a truly diverse role, supporting adults through various mental illnesses.

Parklands Hospital offers a fantastic opportunity for you to work in our Acute Admission / Ministry of Defence Unit and our Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit within Parklands Hospital. Both Units work together to provide intensive support for patients in a period of acute psychiatric illness. We also provide care for Ministry of Defence serving personnel who need an in-patient admission.        

Our Adult Mental Health and Mother and baby mental health unit co-located; from which we provide care and treatment to service users who are experiencing an acute mental health crisis and require a short period of hospital care to support their recovery. Kingsley ward is based in Winchester and cares for the needs of service users across Hampshire.

Antelope House in Southampton is a modern, purpose build acute psychiatric hospital in the centre of Southampton. Providing care for adults with severe mental health problems, Antelope House has a male ward, a female ward and a PICU ward.

If you're looking to work within adult mental health services, there is something here for you.

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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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  Meet Tracey

“With the right training and the right outlook, CAMHS can be an enormously fulfilling career.”

Tracey Bogalski, Modern Matron 


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Meet Beth

"As soon as I started to care for people with dementia I immediately fell in love with it."

 Beth Lawrence, Older People's Mental Health Nurse  

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 Meet Liz

"I look forward to coming to work everyday, how many people can say that?"

 Liz Read, Ward Manager at Bluebird House.  

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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