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Priory Hospital Burgess Hill, Gatehouse Lane, Goddards Green, Hassocks, West Sussex, BN6 9LE

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time


Up to £160k DOE



Job Advert - Division Information

As one of the UK’s leading providers of behavioural care and specialist support services to adults and young people, Priory Group promise a challenging and fulfilling career with the support of a world class organisation willing to invest in your development. 

Across our network of hospitals, residential care homes, education facilities and supported living services, we are making a real and lasting difference to the lives of the people we support.

What we can give you:

•   Relocation Allowance (please get in touch for more details)
•   30 days annual leave, plus bank holidays 
•   An extra day's holiday to have your birthday off
•   Company pension scheme
•   Free DBS check
•   Opportunities for further career development
•   Access to funded CPD courses relevant to the role
•   Access to our independent Employee Assistance Programme
•   Refer a Friend scheme
•   Free car parking and meals whilst on site
•   Flexible benefits, including access to schemes such as gym memberships, cycle to work scheme, healthcare cash plan and shopping discounts


Job Advert Location Description

Are you an experienced Consultant Psychiatrist looking for a new challenge?

We are seeking a full time Consultant Psychiatrist to join our hospital. The successful candidate will provide care, assessment and treatment for our patients and will take appropriate action to ensure that standards of care are exceptional. 

Priory Hospital Burgess Hill provides critical/psychiatric acute care for males with complex mental illnesses.

The hospital is split across two units:
Elizabeth Anderson – male psychiatric Intensive care
Edith Cavell – acute male-only service

New members of our team have an exceptional opportunity to help shape the future of our services and a genuine chance to be part of transforming them. With a renewed focus on quality and excellence at its heart the service aims to grow and extend its current offering.

This is your chance to play an influential part in developing and improving the current services and to make a real and lasting difference to the lives of the people in our care.

Job Advert Role Description

Responsibilities of the role are as follows:

  • Ensuring effective liaison with the referrals team to enable you to review referrals and determine appropriateness for admissions
  • Conducting admissions assessments, risk assessments, reviews and ensuring effective management plans for all patients within the unit.
  • Allocating specialist psychological treatments, in line with individual needs and assessing physical health, taking special responsibility for medical issues.
  • Supervising and directing the work of other staff who treat the patients.
  • Facilitating regular CPA review meetings
  • Acting as Responsible Clinician for patients detained under the Mental Health Act
  • Providing an on call service and ensuring the provision of medical cover to the unit
  • Opportunity to be involved in clinical governance standards and monitoring for the delivery of the service
  • Developing protocols as required meeting standard in both psychological and pharmacological interventions.

The applicant would also be expected to engage in the wider hospital governance process and quality improvement agenda, including quality walk rounds and audit, as well as supervision and teaching of medical students that we have placed with us from Brighton Medical School.

Essential Criteria:

  • MRCPsych qualification or equivalent
  • CCT/CESR in General Adult or Forensic Psychiatry will be considered. 
  • Approved under section 12(2) of the MHA1983
  • Approved clinician status under the MHA 1983 / is eligible to work as a Responsible Clinician
  • Up to date knowledge in the field of General Adult Psychiatry, including physical health, mental health and systemic factors.
  • Experience of working in an acute inpatient setting and with patients detained under the MHA.
  • Awareness of current issues in mental health service provision, policy and legislation
  • A commitment to patient-centred care and to values-based and evidence based practice

Division DBS info


Priory maintains that vaccination remains our very best line of defence against COVID-19 and believes that our colleagues working with vulnerable individuals have a professional duty to be vaccinated.  As part of our wider infection control efforts, and to meet our commissioner and customer requirements, we continue to record vaccination status for all colleagues and we therefore request that you disclose this information as part of your application.  Your vaccination status will not affect any offer of employment and will be held in line with GDPR requirements.  We thank you for your understanding. 


All roles will be subject to a successful disclosure at an appropriate level from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Access NI or Disclosure Scotland. We are an equal opportunities employer. Priory Group will cover the cost of a DBS check.

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