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Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 a year
Closing date
7 Jul 2024
This post offers an exciting opportunity for an ambitious psychiatrist to support a unique NHS trust going through transition and maintaining safe and effective services during this period. Post-holders will be expected to take on an active role providing consultant leadership and oversight that could include inpatient care, recovery service, early intervention in psychosis service, crisis resolution and home treatment as well as adult (ageless) community mental health services.

Main duties of the job

*To support and help develop the integrated care pathways.

*To provide statutory clinical reports as requested.

*To apply an evidence-based approach to clinical practice.

*To provide clinical leadership in psychiatry to the multidisciplinary team, in co-operation with the Service Manager.

*To promote multidisciplinary working.

*To support the development of a seamless service and continuity of care which are patient centred and respect social inclusion and cultural diversity.

*To provide clinical support and supervision to multidisciplinary teams, including complex risk assessments.

*To undertake Section 12 and Approved Clinician duties related to the Mental Health Act (1983), with reference to the current Code of Conduct of Practice.

About us

Southern Health is one of the largest NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health and learning disabilities, as well as offering physical health community-based services.

With a workforce of more than 7000 and a footprint that spans more than 200 sites across Hampshire, we're wholeheartedly committed to providing the best possible healthcare, reaching a range of diverse communities, whilst placing patients and staff at the forefront of all our endeavours.

We are currently working closely with other NHS Trusts to integrate all our collective community, mental health, and learning disability services. Our new organisation, to be known as Hampshire and Isle of Wight NHS Foundation Trust, is set to launch in July 2024.

The transformation will happen in staggered stages Hampshire CAMHS, part of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust joined Southern Health in February 2024, with Isle of Wight NHS Trust mental health and community services transitioning in early May 2024. The final combination of Southern Health and Solent Trusts is anticipated to occur in July 2024, when the new organisation will be formed.

Our new Trust will continue to cater to the unique needs of different communities, making healthcare across the county more accessible, as well as offering staff more opportunities for career development, training and partnership working.

Join us as we embark on this exciting journey to shape the future of healthcare in Hampshire.

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



  • Full GMC Registration with license to practice
  • Section 12 Approval Approved Clinician status MRCPsych
  • Relevant CCT or CESR


  • Eligibility for inclusion on the Specialist Register via CCT in General Adult Psychiatry (or within 6 months at time of interview) or equivalent
  • Relevant Higher Degree e.g. MD, PHD, MSc or other additional clinical qualifications



  • Demonstrate a high level of clinical experience and competence in Adult Psychiatry
  • Knowledge of UK Hospital Systems (or equivalent)
  • Knowledge and evidence of participation in CPD (including being in Good standing with the College for the purposes of CPD)


  • Experience of providing ECT unsupervised.

Additional Criteria


  • Ability to take full and independent responsibility for clinical care of patients
  • Ability to manage own time, workload and prioritise clinical work
  • Ability to appraise own performance
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Evidence of participation in clinical audit relevant to specialty
  • Commitment to the development of a high-quality cost-effective service
  • Ability to deal effectively with stress
  • Thoroughness and attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively in difficult situations.
  • Reliable and honest
  • Flexible approach to working practise
  • Positive approach to the job planning and appraisal process
  • Knowledge and understanding of current NHS issues
  • Ability to take a leadership role in a multidisciplinary team, ensuring high quality care and staff morale
  • Ability to develop services
  • Experience in post graduate teaching
  • Holds and will use valid UK driving licence OR provides evidence of proposed alternative.
  • Demonstrate skills in written and spoken English that are adequate to enable effective communication about medical topics with patients, carers and colleagues, demonstrated by:
  • 1.Applicants have undertaken medical training in English
  • 2.Where applicable, overseas applicants have required scores in the GMC approved English Language test. E.g., In Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) show a score of at least 7.0 in each domain (speaking, listening, reading and writing) with an overall score of at least 7.5 to be achieved in a single sitting and within 24 months of the time of application.
  • If applicants believe that they have adequate communication skills but do not fit into one of the examples, they need to provide evidence.


  • Published audits
  • Publication in reviewed journals
  • Commitment to the Isle of Wight Motivational Skills
  • Evidence of Leadership Attributes
  • Commitment to service development
  • Attendance at recognised management courses/meetings

Employer details

Employer name

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust


St Marys Hospital

Parkhurst Road


Isle of Wight

PO30 5TG

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