Join our medical workforce

Southern Health is committed to providing excellent patient care. Our recent CQC inspection rated us as good, with some areas rated outstanding. One of our primary objectives for the next three years is to be able to treat all local patients within the Trust, providing a positive impact on patient experience being one of the steps on our journey towards outstanding clinical service. 

We are an integral part of the emerging Integrated Care System in Hampshire and Isle of Wight supporting over 30 Primary care networks (PCN).

We are looking for person-centred clinicians, who are dedicated to providing the best possible care, with skills in leadership, service development and governance. As an inclusive employer. we welcome applications irrespective of people's age, gender, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, disability including mental health conditions or other personal circumstances.

Southern Health provides training and development to undergraduate medical students and post graduate doctors, with opportunities to support and grow our future workforce.

The undergraduate medical education (UGME) department is a vibrant team made up of tutors, learning facilitators and administration staff, co-ordinating the education and training programme for undergraduate medical students on psychiatry placement within the Trust.

The Trust currently hosts 4th year medical students on psychiatry placement from the University of Southampton and Grenadian students from St George’s University. In addition, an undergraduate tutor co-ordinates Southampton medical student placements in Lymington Hospital, for a medicine focused training experience.

During inspections of the UGME Team in 2018, excellent student feedback was highlighted on all measures of learning, experience, governance and interest fostered, by Southampton and St George’s Universities, as well as the GMC.

The postgraduate medical education team, consisting of psychiatry, psychotherapy, medical and palliative care clinical tutors and a postgraduate manager and administration staff, co-ordinates the education of doctors in training and specialty /associate specialist doctors within Southern Health.

The Centre for Professional Development organises a programme of continuing professional development courses and events to support qualified staff to develop and update the knowledge and skills required to support them in their clinical and professional practice.

We work with our higher trainees to understand their career goals and requirements. We work with them during their final year before CCT to help them transition into their first consultant role in a supported environment, facilitated by our new consultant development programme. 

Doctors have protected time for personal and service development, governance, access to peer support networks, academic development via the divisional consultant meetings and mentorship. 

There are opportunities to explore and expand other areas of interest within the Trust. 

There are various wellbeing initiatives including fast track services for talking therapies like italk, our staff wellbeing hub and workplace options.

Our current vacancies 

We are seeking an experienced Consultant Psychiatrist to support us on our improvement journey. As a senior psychiatrist, we are looking for a forward thinking, dynamic change agent who would offer first class clinical leadership within our Adult Mental Health services.

Main duties of the job

The postholder will be an experienced consultant psychiatrist, with at least five years consultant experience in the UK, a track record of strong clinical leadership and an enthusiastic appetite to lead service transformation. This role is peripatetic in nature and you will be working 10.5 sessions with a 30% responsibilty payment. The postholder will be willing to move around the trust joining teams that are appropriate for their clinical competencies, to lead clinical improvement to areas of greatest need.

Placements will be a minimum of 6 months, but longer is possible by mutual agreement, to allow the post holder to significantly influence and improve the clinical performance of the team they join.

The first placement will be based at Elmleigh (Inpatient unit), a 34-bedded hospital which provides care and treatment to people who are experiencing an acute mental health crisis and require a short period of hospital care to support their recover.

Applicants must be registered with a licence to practice with the GMC. MRCPsych or recognised equivalent is a requirement for this post. All applicants must have Section 12 Approval and Approved Clinician Status when taking up this post.

Working for our organisation

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust is one of only a few trusts in the country that are providers of both mental and physical health and learning disability services that has care available to them for every stage of someone’s life.

Our of team of 6,500 staff who work from over 300 sites, care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives.  

We provide care and treatment for around 1.7 million people across both rural and urban areas of the South Coast delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries), hospital and forensic (secure) units. 

Our aim is to work alongside the people we support and our health and care partners, to constantly improve and deliver the best possible care.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

Further information

Candidates are encouraged to visit and should contact Dr Jeremy Rowland, Deputy Chief Medical Officer on 07827082257 or Dr Jane Hazelgrove Deputy Chief Medical Officer  to make the necessary arrangements

Or email

Relocation Expenses

We offer an amazing £8000 relocation package to subject to the Recruiting Managers approval and Criteria as detailed in our Trusts Relocation Policy. For discussion and approval at point of appointment.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive a suitable application for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible

Contact Erin Davanna Medical Recruitment and Attraction Lead  for more details. 

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