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Why work in Learning Disability (LD) Services?

Our vision is to be a well-regarded specialist healthcare provider that makes a positive difference to the lives of people with a learning disability and their families and carers.

We work closely with other services in Hampshire and Southampton to provide specialist learning disability services. This support includes; specialist health assessments for people with learning disabilities to identify unmet health needs as well as direct therapeutic treatment and support to meet a range of physical and mental health needs.

We have community teams to support our patients in all areas of Hampshire, and each of these teams are able to offer support, assessment and treatment.

We are currently transforming our Learning Disabilities Service, with a brand new, purpose-built 10-bedded unit for people with learning disabilities. The new building will be tailored around the needs of our patients with all the up to date facilities needed to enable us to continue providing the best care to our patients. Our patients, families and carers and our staff will have an opportunity to influence the interior design of the residential building.    

We received approval for the planning permission we began building work in November 2018 with a completion date of January 2020.



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 Liz

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

 Liz Read, Ward Manager at Bluebird House 


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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 Richard

"Making a difference to people’s lives is so rewarding."

 Richard Ilsey, Head of Nursing



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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