Join our medical workforce

Southern Health provides a wide range of mental health, physical health and learning disability services to people across Hampshire. With a team of 7000 staff, working from over 100 sites,​​​​​​ we serve a population of around 1.7 million, with care available for every stage of their lives. Our aim is to work alongside the people we support, along with our health and care partners, to constantly improve and deliver the best possible care.

It is an exciting time for us as we are working to bring community, mental health and learning disability services together across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Our ambition is to create a new organisation to deliver these services, which are currently provided by four different Trusts, to be known as Hampshire and Isle of Wight Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. In doing so, we will make care more accessible and improve patient experience and outcomes.

To learn more about 'Project Fusion', click here.

There has never been a better time to join us. As we start to combine our services under one new Trust, we invite you to join us on this transformative journey; a journey where you can help shape how services are provided in the future. We're looking for forward thinking, dynamic individuals, who are able to offer first class leadership and clinical care across all our Mental Health Specialities. We want your support on how best to deliver services; we champion new ways of thinking and embrace fresh ideas, and this is reflected through our Trust values.
As an inclusive employer, we welcome applications irrespective of a persons age, gender, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, disability including mental health conditions or other personal circumstances.

If you are permanently relocating to Hampshire, subject to qualifying criteria, you may be entitled to a tax free relocation allowance of up to £8,000 which you can use towards the costs of relocating.

***COMING SOON*** For key Medical roles within the Trust, there will be a Rental Contribution Allowance, where the Trust will pay a significant contribution towards renting a property in the local area to support you and your family to relocate to the Hampshire.

For Consultant roles in our Adult inpatient and Specialist Services inpatient wards, you'll receive enhanced pay, where we pay a 10% responsibility allowance.

We recognise that some Medical staff choose to opt out of the of the NHS Pension Scheme as a result of the lifetime or annual allowance rules. If this impacts you, then you may be able to apply for a separate cash payment of 12.38% of your pensionable pay.

We have a robust active job planning process that balances the needs of the organisation and interests of clinicians. Although you will see most jobs advertised as 10 sessions, we do understand life does get in the way; therefore we're happy to talk flexible working arrangements where there are opportunities to work additional PAs, as well as less than full time equivalent hours.

We offer a wealth of staff benefits including:

  • Shopping, travel, utilities and leisure discounts
  • Cycle to work schemes
  • Private lease car arrangements
  • Salary sacrifice schemes for electric vehicles
  • Lifestyle savings on home and electronic items
  • Free parking at a lot of our sites
  • And much more!

Looking after your wellbeing is important to us, and we offer:


  • 24/7 access to our staff employee assistance programme
  • Menopause support
  • Fast track Physiotherapy
  • Online fitness classes
  • Financial products and wage advance through Wagestream

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. In the near future we will also be hosting medical students from Portsmouth University.

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.

You’ll have a generous study leave allowance 10 days per year and a budget of £1,000.

We expect full time consultants to have 2.5SPA in their job plan, with 1.5SPA regarded as core for revalidation related activities.

There are opportunities to explore and expand other areas of interest within the Trust including research and education – just talk to us about your interests and twice yearly, we hold a Medical Leadership Development Day, with the agenda being tailored around what the group has requested. 

We are always encouraging staff to become Medical Appraisers or Clinical/Educational Supervisors and will support you with the training.

If you are applying for your first consultant post, or have not been a consultant for very long, you can join our new Consultants development programme and receive personalised peer support to facilitate your growth in this role.

For those who have not followed the traditional training route, we will support you in obtaining your CESR qualification to enable you to further your career.

Why relocate to Hampshire?

From brunch spots in Southsea and dinner at Ocean Village in Southampton, to country walks near Lymington and standup paddleboarding in Fordingbridge, we've got it all.

With a vibrant mix of cultures, Hampshire enjoys cheaper property prices, wide open spaces for sports and recreation, great options for shopping, as well as fantastic transport links to the rest of the UK and the continent.

Whether you want quaint rural villages or bustling towns and cities, coastline or countryside, this is all closer than you think.

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