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   Beth's story 

I qualified in 2015 after training in London and moved to Bristol before finally ending up in Southampton. I fell into working with the elderly as I needed money to support me whilst at University, so I started working in a care home at weekends and evenings. 

As soon as I started to care for people with dementia I immediately fell in love with it, I then had a placement on an OPMH ward and out in the community which really confirmed this was an area I saw myself working in once I qualified. Dementia is such an important topic and there is so much research and development going into not only curing dementia but how to get the best outcome and manage dementia day to day.

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

I remember writing an essay about recovery at University and thinking that recovery means so many different things but for dementia patients it means giving them a better quality of life by minimising the effects of dementia so they can be at home or in a nursing home.

There is a misconception that all we do is personal care, there is so much happening on an older peoples ward and I can honestly say I am never bored or dread going to work. My patients need me and rely on me and it is so incredibly rewarding helping them to become less confused and look and feel like themselves again.

I have just started my masters in Dementia and eventually I would like to become an Admiral Nurse. I really hope more nurses consider a career in Older People’s Mental Health, I would love to meet anyone considering a move and answer any questions they may have.  

 

  Join us and make a difference

  

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Working with older people

Mental health and emotional well-being are as important in older age as at any other time of life.  With increasing rates of Dementia we are passionate about providing the best mental health care for the people we treat with our specialist services.

Our aim is to provide high quality integrated care and to work collaboratively with our patients to support their recovery making a positive difference to their health, well-being and independence. Working with our patients and their families and carers we are providing bespoke care plans centred around their needs and wishes.

Mental health and emotional well-being are as important in older age as at any other time of life.  With increasing rates of Dementia we are passionate about providing the best mental health care for the people we treat with our specialist services.

Our aim is to provide high quality integrated care and to work collaboratively with our patients to support their recovery making a positive difference to their health, well-being and independence. Working with our patients and their families and carers we are providing bespoke care plans centred around their needs and wishes.

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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: Shft.recruitment@nhs.net 

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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 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 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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