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Priory Hospital Middleton St George, Darlington, County Durham, DL2 1TS

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time




37.5 plus 1 in 8 on call

Job Advert Role Description



Knowing that you are making a lasting difference to people's lives is rewarding and our key value at Priory Healthcare Group. At Priory, our aim is to help you grow and develop your talent and we want you to be proud of where you work and what you do.


At Priory, Middleton St George, we pride ourselves on family values, treating each other with respect, valuing contributions and having a real Team effort at improving patient experience.


The Priory Hospital Middleton St George is a 101 bedded mental hospital  located close to Darlington, County Durham. We  provide individualised treatment and care for people with complex mental health needs of adult working age, in a safe and supportive environment.


We are a hospital in the independent sector, however all our patients are NHS patient and we work closely with NHS Trusts nationally to provide comprehensive and holistic integrated services to ensure recovery, re-engagement, re-enablement and safe discharge.


At priory MSG, we pride ourselves on having an excellent working relationships with patients, families and external agencies. This is to support collaborative working and ensure clear communication throughout the care pathway.




Dalton Ward - 13 bedded Female Rehabilitation and Recovery Ward

Linden Ward - 15 bedded Male Rehabilitation and Recovery Ward

Hazelwood Ward - 10 bedded Specialist Female Rehabilitation and Recovery Ward

Thoburn Ward - 22 bedded Mixed Acute Ward

Chester Ward - 10 bedded Female Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit

Birch Ward - 10 bedded Male Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit

Station Road - 3 bedded Community House.

Oak Ward - 12 bedded Female Acute Ward.



Are you a great psychiatrist looking for an exciting new opportunity?


A vacancy has arisen to become one of two responsible clinicians / psychiatrists on Thoburn Ward, our mixed 22 bed acute admissions ward.


Priory Middleton St George is a large psychiatric hospital set in generous grounds on the edge of an attractive village located near Teesside Airport. We have a range of services, including acute wards, psychiatric intensive care units, and high dependency and personality disorder rehabilitation services.


As one of two responsible clinicians for Thoburn ward, you will provide clinical expertise and leadership. You will be responsible for the care of half the patients on the ward, working alongside your consultant colleague, who is RC for the other half of the ward. You are supported in the role by a multidisciplinary team, including nursing staff and an advance clinical practitioner, with input from occupational therapy and psychology. The ward will typically receive referrals via our contact centre from the community, places of safety, and A&E. With the ward, you will be responsible for screening referrals. You will cross cover your consultant colleague in his absence and vice versa. 


The successful appointee will join an enthusiastic and welcoming medical team. We offer great opportunities for continuing professional development. As well as supportive study leave, we have a weekly academic programme and opportunities to supervise medical students and advance practitioners.


The hospital has excellent psychology and occupational therapy teams. We have good physical health care arrangements, overseen by sessional GP support. We have a health and fitness instructor, dietetic input and access to speech and language therapy. We have excellent on site facilities for patients, including an all-weather AstroTurf, ADL kitchens, two gyms, a library and our own Recovery College.


The successful candidate will have the following attributes:

  • Previous Consultant experience is desirable but not essential
  • You must be a Responsible/Approved Clinician
  • You must hold a CCST/CCT or equivalent and have experience of working in inpatient settings with people with significant mental health difficulties
  • Valid GMC registration and license to practice
  • Evidence of post registration continuing professional development
  • A positive attitude and commitment to quality improvement
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Excellent knowledge of the Mental Health Act and Code of Practice


The post-holder will be expected to participate in our out of hours on call rota (1 week in 8), providing 2nd on call advice to the entire hospital. supported by a first on call tier. The post-holder will also provide cross-cover to a colleague on a buddy system.


For further details or an informal discussion, please contact Dr Steve Ramplin (medical director) via 01325 333192.




  • You will have access to an office and good admin support.
  • A dedicated Advanced Practitioner to support your clinical duties.
  • On-site GP Services.
  • You will have generous annual leave entitlement
  • Birthday Holiday, your birthday as an extra day annual leave.
  • Supplemented on site.
  • Opportunity for career development within the Priory Healthcare network.
  • Comprehensive induction and commitment to ongoing training.
  • There will be opportunity to take a lead role within the hospital.
  • Access to funded CPD courses relevant to the role.
  • Support from a Senior Manager's out of hours on call system.
  • Cohesive Medical Team.
  • Access to training through our on-line Priory Academy.
  • Access to site's Wellbeing fund.
  • Our independent Employee Assistant Programme can offer confidential emotional and practical support and advice to colleagues, 24/7.
  • Company pension scheme.
  • Online benefits and cashback rewards.
  • Free on-site parking.
  • Cycle to work scheme.


Due to limits on sponsorship allocations, we are not currently in a position to offer sponsorship to new candidates for these roles, this remains under review.


Division DBS info

About us

As one of the UK’s leading providers of behavioural care and specialist support services, Priory 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 and supported living services, we are making a real and lasting difference to the lives of the people we support.

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 will cover the cost of a DBS check.

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