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Specialty Doctor in Perinatal Psychiatry

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£51,000 to £80,000 a year
Closing date
30 Sep 2023
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a new specialist doctor position in Perinatal Psychiatry to join the highly regarded Southern Health perinatal service. The position will join a team of perinatal specialist psychiatric consultants and doctors working alongside a multi professional group of staff including psychologists, nurses, nursery nurses, social workers and occupational therapists.

This Southern Health perinatal service covers community care across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and also an 8 bedded specialist inpatient ward, Clover Mother and Baby Unit at Melbury Lodge, Winchester.

The post holder will be expected to work flexibly across the service, based from Melbury with a primary focus on supporting the community team with women and their families living in North and Mid Hampshire. There is an opportunity to work from home for some of the 8-10 timetabled sessions.

We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic clinician to join our team. The clinical duties of the role will include carrying out assessments of women's mental health, mother infant relationships and related risks, bio-psycho-social diagnostic formulations, exploration of prevention, treatment and care options, clear communication and shared decision making with patients (and families as appropriate), communication and joint planning with other professionals and agencies by the most effective means, use of appropriate legal statutes and powers where necessary for good patient care.

Main duties of the job

*Maintain the high level of expertise and skill necessary for the provision of excellent quality perinatal mental health care, aiming for optimal outcomes for mother, infant and the wider family.

*Give specialty doctor psychiatric input to the Perinatal Service's patients in both community

*Ensure that care provided is in line with vision and values of the service for patient centred, compassionate, high quality care focussed on the needs of the woman, the baby and the wider family, facilitating shared decision making at all times.

*Ensure highest standards of transparency and clarity in communication with women and other professionals

*Provide regular clinical supervision to junior doctors that are working or training in the service, and clinical advice and information as and when required to all staff.

*Work closely with all professionals in the Service and with other agencies, including voluntary organisations to ensure that high quality patient care and after-care is effectively co-ordinated.

*Actively contribute to quality improvement activities in the Service. This includes participating in, and supporting or supervising others in initiating and completing projects, including audits, quality improvement initiatives, service evaluation and research. This should include both local and regional or national projects.

*Participate in continuous evaluations/audits of the Service, including national audits and benchmarking.

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



  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualifica-tion.
  • 4 years at full-time postgraduate training or higher or equivalent expe-rience with at least 2 years in a spe-cialty training programme in a rele-vant specialty



  • *Excellent knowledge in specialty
  • *Excellent clinical skills using bio-psycho-social perspective and wide medical knowledge
  • *Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • *Able to manage clinical com-plexity and uncertainty
  • *Makes decisions based on evi-dence and experience including the contribution of others
  • *Able to meet duties under MHA and MCA

Employer details

Employer name

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust


Melbury Lodge

Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Romsey Road



SO22 5DG

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