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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 30/06/2022.

Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry

Job Reference: 348-SOU-363A

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Western Hospital
£82,096 to £110,683 pa

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities

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Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust (SHFT) is committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect. As an employee, you are accountable to ensure that you know to how to respond when you are concerned for the safety of a child, young person or adult at risk, applying the principles of the Family Approach to ensure evidence based analysis, risk management and appropriate action and escalation. SHFT require staff to work effectively together using the Family Approach to achieve better outcomes for adults, children and families. The Trust will support you in this duty by providing ongoing training, support and advice and have a Corporate Safeguarding Team who can be contacted for guidance and the provision of safeguarding supervision.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic Full Time Consultant Psychiatrist to join The Older Peoples Mental Health team working in the community locality in the West of Southampton with a catchment area of 10,000 Older Adults.

The post holder will work in close working relationship with another part time consultant as well as a senior associate specialist doctor in the West Southampton team. The medical team currently consists in addition to this vacancy a permanent part time consultant psychiatrist as well as 8 sessions of an experienced associate specialist who is a CCT holder in old age psychiatry. The west Southampton team is a mature team with its staff able to undertake initial assessments of referrals, including urgent referrals as part of an established duty system. There are no nursing or occupational therapy vacancies in the team currently.


The post holder will be based at Oakwood Centre, Western Community Hospital, William Macleod Way, Southampton, SO16 4XE, where the community teams and administration staff for are co-located.

The post holder will only have community responsibilities and on call duties (approximately 1 in 18)

Southern Health NHS Foundation (SHFT) Trust was established on 1st April 2011 with the merger of Hampshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Hampshire Community Health Care Trust. It employs approximately 9000 people and provides Specialist Mental Health Services, learning disability services and community health care services. The Trust covers all of Hampshire, excluding Portsmouth City and a small area of North East Hampshire. The population of 1.3 million is registered with the six local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs); and SHFT is responsive to local needs and works closely with Adult Services and the CCGs to develop locally based Services. The Trust has a positive working relationship with the University Of Southampton Faculty Of Medicine and an active programme of Research and Development. The services provided are: Adult Mental Health, Older People’s Mental Health, Learning Disabilities, Substance Misuse, Social Care, and Community Health Care

The Trust also provides specialist mental health services to a wider population in Southern England via NHS Specialised Services commissioning arrangements. These include:Adolescent Mental Health In-patient Service, Forensic Mental Health Services, Forensic Adolescent Mental Health In-patient service

Applicants must be fully registered with the GMC and hold a Licence to Practice. They must possess the MRCPsych or equivalent qualification and must also be on the GMC Specialist Register for adult or old age Psychiatry (including via CESR/European Community Rights) or will have a CCT/CESR (CP) date within 6 months of interview. Applicants must also be able to fulfil the travel requirements of the post.

Potential applicants for this post are encouraged to make contact or visit through arrangement (Job Ref:) Please contact Dr Maged Swelam, Consultant Psychiatrist and clinical lead for community OPMH services on 02380475241, to make the necessary arrangements

A DBS check is required by the Employer for this post. The Employer will undertake an initial check at the appropriate level on appointment. As a condition of employment you are required to register with the online DBS update service and maintain this registration throughout employment.

COVID-19 vaccine remains the best way to protect ourselves, our families, our colleagues, and patients from the virus, we therefore encourage applicants to become fully vaccinated. We ask for vaccination status as part of pre employment checks although COVID-19 vaccination is not a condition of employment.

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