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Priory Hospital Southampton, Marchwood Park, Marchwood, Southampton, SO40 4DA

Priory Group Division






Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time

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Knowing that you’re making a difference to people’s lives is rewarding in itself. As well as helping you grow and develop your talent, we want you to feel proud of where you work and what you do. Priory Group is the leading healthcare provider for mental health services in the UK with an established track record of delivering high-quality clinical care.

How to Apply?
Please apply online. You can send us a CV in addition to the online application as well.

Many thanks for your interest and we look forward to receiving your application.


About Priory Hospital Southampton

The Priory Hospital Southampton is part of the Priory group offering NHS funded inpatient care. The hospital is located in Marchwood on the outskirts of Southampton and comprises 42 inpatient beds across three wards. All three of our wards are rated as ‘Good’ with the Care Quality Commission.

Sandpiper Ward: This is a mixed gender adult acute ward comprising 17 18 NHS Funded beds. The post holder will provide consultant input to this ward.
Starling Ward:  This is a mixed gender adult acute ward comprising 12 NHS Funded beds.
Skylark Ward:  11 bedded specialist mixed gender adult eating disorders Unit. Skylark ward is QED accredited.

The Hospital has well established multidisciplinary teams in all wards including nursing, therapy, occupational therapy and psychology input. The non-consultant doctors in the hospital include three full-time specialty doctors and one full-time resident Medical Officer, who is based on-site.

Outline of the Role:

This is one WTE substantive post, part time/job share applications will also be considered. The role of Consultant Psychiatrist provides inpatient care and treatment for 18 NHS patients. The MDT for the service is already in place and follows Priory’s staffing model for the acute inpatient service. This includes OT, Psychology, nursing and support from a full time Specialty Doctor. 

As part of the role, the post holder will join the out of hours Consultant Psychiatrist on call rota which is one in six weeks. This is low intensity on call, providing Consultant support to the Resident Medical Officer (RMO). The salary for the post includes on call commitments. 

The post holder will have professional and operational accountability to the Medical Director, who is based on-site as the Consultant Psychiatrist for Starling acute ward.


Key responsibilities of the role are as follows:

1. Holding RC responsibility for patients detained under the MHA and responsibility for voluntary patients. Providing clinical leadership to the MDT in assessment, treatment and discharge planning for patients following the acute care pathway
3. Weekly MDT Reviews
4. CPAs, Discharge planning, community and family liaisons
5. Working in collaboration with MDT to monitor day to day progress and evaluation of treatment plans as needed
6. Ensure MDT completion of agreed treatment plans
7. Cross cover arrangements for annual leave/sickness absence
8. Preparation of tribunal/Hospital Managers reports and attending the hearing 
9. The post holder will have responsibility for providing weekly clinical supervision to the Specialty Doctor. 


Weekly timetable

A job plan would be discussed and agreed with the post holder on starting the role. Following is an example of a provisional weekly timetable.

Support for the Post holder

  • The post holder would receive monthly 1:1 management supervision with the Medical Director
  • The Hospital has an active monthly clinical forum which is well attended. The post holder would be a member of the forum and would participate in case based discussions. 
  • Weekly peer group sessions to support with revalidation and appraisal
  • The post holder will join hospital DBT consult to support development
  • Priory supports continuing professional development and access to study leave with associated expenses is available via centrally allocated budget and approval system after the probation period.
  • There is weekly Peer Group Supervision meeting attended by specialty doctors and consultants in the hospital.
  • The post holder can join individual MPS medical indemnity via Priory Group and the associated expenses for Medical Indemnity will be paid by Priory
  • The post holder will be part of the Priory Acute Service Line Group which holds quarterly meetings to support evidence based practice across all acute sites
  • Priory Group provides annual appraisals and the post holder will have access to revalidation support by participation in Priory’s appraisal framework
  • Priory group provides mentorship support for all Consultants Psychiatrists 
  • The annual leave entitlement is 30 days with additional bank holidays.

Essential Criteria

  • Current GMC registration with license to practice
  • On GMC’s specialist register for General Ault Psychiatry
  • AC approval


Desirable Criteria

  • Previous experience of working in an acute inpatient service
  • Experience of providing supervision
  • Training as medical appraiser
  • Experience of Quality Improvement Projects


Contact Details

If you would like discuss this post or arrange an informal meeting or visit, please contact:

Dr Frederick Grose (

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