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Consultant Forensic / General Adult Psychiatrist




Priory Hospital Burgess Hill (D11), Gatehouse Lane, Goddards Green, Hassocks, West Sussex, BN6 9LE

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time




37.5 hrs p/wk

Job Advert - Division Information

Ready for the recognition and rewards you deserve?

We don’t just talk about putting employees first. We know that Priory wouldn’t exist without their combined energy, expertise and effort.  So we invest heavily in training, provide first-class support, promote collaborative teamwork and give everyone on our team the opportunities and resources to achieve their full potential.


Job Advert Location Description

Priory Hospital Burgess Hill is located in beautiful West Sussex and offers the opportunity to gain experience across many specialist mental health disciplines including Secure Services, a DBT Locked Rehabilitation service, HDU Services and Acute care.

With a CQC rating of GOOD across all 5 Key Lines of Enquiry, you would be working in a forward thinking hospital supporting our patients recovery alongside a highly skilled and dedicated Multi-Disciplinary Team.

Job Advert Role Description

We are seeking an experienced Consultant Psychiatrist who can provide care, assessment and treatment of patients with mental disorders in secure care.


Our Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist role involves:

- 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.


To be successful as our Consultant Psychiatrist you'll need:

- MRCPsych qualification or equivalent

- CCT/CESR in Forensic Psychiatry

- 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 Forensic Psychiatry, including physical health, mental health and systemic factors.

- Experience of working in an inpatient forensic and rehabilitation 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



For further information about the role, please contact Dr Martin Williams (Interim Medical Director) on 01444 231 087

Division DBS info

About us

From education to hospitals, care homes and secure facilities, the Priory Group of Companies offers individually tailored, multidisciplinary treatment programmes for those with complex educational needs or requiring acute, long-term and respite mental healthcare.

The integrated strength of each service provides a seamless transition for the individual as they progress between higher and lower dependency care and across services. This unique approach ensures that every individual has the opportunity to achieve the best possible outcomes and quality of life with the Priory Group.

As 85% of our services are publicly funded and delivered in partnership with commissioners, our teams work with commissioning bodies across the country to provide transparent pricing models and evidence-based care programmes.


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.