Specialty Doctor in Forensic Psychiatry

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£52,530 to £82,400 a year
Closing date
27 Nov 2023
An exciting opportunity has arisen for the post of specialty doctor in Forensic Psychiatry in Southfield. This is a replacement post.

Specialised services, part of the Mental Health & Learning Disability division, consist of a range of specialist inpatient and community services for adolescents and adults.

Forensic services are a part of specialised services and include both in-patient and out-patient service provision.

Inpatient forensic services consist of the following:

*Ravenswood House -- adult medium secure hospital, 63 beds, male only

*Southfield -- adult low secure hospital, 28 beds, male and female

*Ashford -- adult low secure hospital for people with learning disabilities, male only

*Bluebird House -- adolescent medium secure hospital, 20 beds, male and female

*Austen House -- adolescent low secure hospital.

Community forensic services include:

*Outpatient Personality Disorders & Pathfinder service

*Specialist Community Forensic Team

*Community Forensic Learning Disability Team

*Stalking clinic

A new adolescent low secure service is being developed, and there are plans for a comprehensive re-provision of adult secure services.

Main duties of the job

Clinical duties:

Medical management for inpatients on a day to day basis

Regular psychiatric reviews of inpatients

Risk assessment and risk management undertaken by the Multi-Disciplinary Team

Routine psychiatric advice and support to colleagues within the Multi-Disciplinary Team

Ensure with medical colleagues that cover is provided for Southfield during normal working hours

Arrange cover for your annual leave with the other Trainee Doctors and that they in turn will cover your leave

Ensure that his/her prescribing practice follow Trust Policies and will ensure that they keep up to date with clinical advances in treatment

Set personal objectives for career development and ensure these tie in with the other responsibilities of the post

Pre-admission assessment and advice for patients who are referred to our service and to prepare assessment reports under consultant supervision

Complete reports as necessary, depending on experience, including Medicolegal Reports, Mental Health Act reports to the Ministry of Justice or the Mental Health Tribunal etc

General duties:

Administrative duties, including the use of RIO associated with the care of patients

Ensure that clinical activity is accurately and comprehensively recorded and submitted to the Information Department

Participate in annual appraisal

Comply with the Trust's agreed policies, procedures, standing orders and financial instructions

Work with local managers and professional colleagues in the efficient running of services

About us

Are you committed to providing remarkable care and service?

Are you passionate about helping people and want to make a difference every day?

We want to meet you!

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities. We are committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect through our 6,500 strong workforce.

Southern Health has over 300 sites across the county and we serve 1.5 million people throughout all stages of their lives. Our aim is to work alongside the people we support (and our health and care partners) to deliver the best possible care and constantly improve.

Here at SHFT we have so much to be proud of:
  • Working as a team and supporting each other, we put patients and our staff at the heart of everything we do.
  • We have a skilled and diverse workforce and are committed to our staff development, offering bespoke training packages, leadership pathways and career opportunities.
  • We offer a variety of benefits such as an amazing pension scheme, generous annual leave, Childcare Choices scheme, many discounts (Blue Light card, The Company Shop, NHS Staff Discounts, cycle to work scheme) and much more.

Come to work with us, together we will provide outstanding treatment and care to improve lives.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Further information about the Trust and this role can be found on the Job Description and Person Specification document attached.

Person Specification



  • *Recognised basic Medical Degree
  • *Full GMC Registration with license to practice


  • MRCPsych.
  • Section 12(2) approved



  • *3 years full time hospital service in Psychiatry (CT3 or higher grade) since registration
  • *Experience of assessing and treating patients in acute & community psychiatric settings
  • *Knowledge of UK Hospital Systems (or equivalent)


  • *Experience in other Psychiatric sub specialities
  • *Experience in Forensic Psychiatry

Additional Criteria


  • *Ability to take a full Psychiatric history, mental state and physical examination on older patients
  • *Ability to manage own time, workload and prioritise clinical workload
  • *Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • *Dictate clear, concise letters to other professionals
  • *Competent to work without direct supervision
  • *Good understanding ICD 10 diagnoses, psychotropic medication and psycho-logical therapies
  • *Ability to use IT, including e-mail and the internet
  • *Knowledge of different models of care


  • *Evidence of performance that is above average
  • *Knowledge of Risk Management
  • *Knowledge of recent developments and drug advances in Forensic Psychiatry
  • *Demonstrate use of evidence based practise

Employer details

Employer name

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust


Ravenswood House

Mayles Lane, Knowle



PO17 5NA

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