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Consultant Psychiatrist in Old Age

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 a year
Closing date
25 Mar 2023

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Old Age
Contract Type
Full Time
The successful candidate will be responsible for providing clinical leadership and consultant input into the Older Persons Mental Health Inpatient Psychiatry team covering the Functional (Rose ward) and occasionally providing input to the Organic (Poppy ward). The team cover people aged 65 and over as well as those of any age with dementia.

Gosport War Memorial Hospital is a large community hospital serving a local community covering patients in South East Hampshire. There are two physical rehabilitation step down wards on the premises as well as two mental health wards, Rose (Functional) and Poppy ( Organic) Ward. It is also home to a GP surgery with facilities for X-Ray and phlebotomy on site. Clinicians from Queen Alexandra Hospital have outpatient clinics on site, including a leg clinic, dermatology and diabetic eye clinics on site.

Main duties of the job

This post is based mainly on Rose ward, a 16 bedded unit for patients with Schizophrenia, Depression, Anxiety and Bipolar affective disorder. The Organic ward, Poppy is a 12 bedded unit for patients at the severe end of the dementia spectrum.

The post is supported by 2 GPVTS trainees on 6 monthly rotation and one FY2 doctor on a four monthly rotation. The doctors on rotation provide first line medical cover to the patients on the ward, with telephone support from the General Hospital. It is anticipated that by the time the job goes to advert that there will be a specialty doctor (0.6 WTE) as well.

The ward team is comprised of the ward manager, 3.2 WTE band 6 nurses, 2.6 WTE band 5 nurses and 9.3 WTE Health care support workers. There are also 3 recovery workers who support patients on their path to recovery. There is ongoing active recruitment into vacant posts. It is anticipated that there will be 0.4WTE of psychology input in the near future.

There is an experienced Mental Health Act Administrator to support the Responsible clinicians and the post is also supported by 16 hours of administrative time.

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
Please see attached Job description for further detail on the role. The person specification is also available in the attached document.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Full Registration with the General Medical Council
  • To hold Approved Clinician status at the point of taking up post
  • MRCPsych or recognised equivalent
  • Eligible for inclusion in the Specialist Register or within 12 months of CCT at time of interview.
  • Approved under section 12 2 of the Mental Health Act 1983.

Certificate of Sponsorship
Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).
UK Registration
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details Employer name
Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Gosport War Memorial Hospital

Bury Road



PO12 3PW

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