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Speciality Doctor




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

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time


Up to £80,000pa dependant on experience



Job Advert Role Description


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. The Priory Hospital Southampton is part of the Priory group offering outpatient, day care and inpatient treatment for a wide range of mental health difficulties. The hospital is located in Marchwood on the outskirts of Southampton and comprises 40 inpatient beds across three wards.

  • Sandpiper Ward: This is an acute admissions unit comprising 17 beds.
  • Skylark Ward: 11 bedded specialist eating disorders Unit
  • Starling Ward: This is acute admissions unit comprising 12 beds


The hospital has well established multidisciplinary teams in all wards including medical, nursing, 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.

The hospital provides a combination of NHS funded and private care and has been rated as “Good” in the last CQC inspection with “outstanding” rating in the” caring” domain.



This is 1WTE substantive post equivalent to 10 PAs which has become available because of current post holder leaving for another role. The job involves providing specialty doctor support to Sandpiper ward, which is an acute admissions ward. The ward has support from the full MDT including occupational therapy and psychology. All of the patient in the ward are NHS patients from the Hampshire area and community services are actively involved in the treatment and discharge planning.

The consultant input to the ward is provided by Dr Megan Roberts (0.6 WTE) and Dr James Stallard (0.4 WTE).

There are no on call commitments associated with this post.

Responsibilities of the role are as follows:

  • Routine psychiatric care and management planning for inpatients
  •  Joining daily morning handover meetings, MDT reviews and CPA meetings
  • Working in collaboration with MDT to monitor day to day progress and evaluation of treatment plans as needed
  • Completion of risk assessments and liaison with families and community services as required
  • Ensure MDT completion of agreed treatment plans
  • Completion of discharge summaries within 7 days of the discharge
  • Leading the provision of care in the absence of the named consultant (Cross covering consultant will have consultant responsibility and will be available for advice if needed. However, the post holder is expected to manage day to day care of patients when named consultant is on leave)
  • All consultants and specialty doctors in the hospital have cross cover arrangements for sickness and annual leave. There is on call specialty doctor 9-5 rota for emergencies in the hospital. There will be occasions when in the interests of clinical and operational reasons, post holder may be required to cover other clinical duties in the hospital or provide cross cover for colleagues for unforeseen absences.
  • Preparation of tribunal/hospital managers reports and attending the hearing if agreed by the consultant or in consultant’s absence
  • Participation in Clinical Governance processes of the hospital including medicines management meetings


Weekly Time Table

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


  • Monday Handover
  • Ward Round      Ward Work
  • Tuesday            Handover
  • Ward Work        Ward Work
  • Wednesday       Ward Round                                 
  • Thursday          Handover
  • Ward Work        Ward Work
  • Friday           Handover Admin / Peer supervision meeting/Clinical   Forum/Peer group / Individual supervision Ward Work


Support for the Post holder

  • The post holder would have access to weekly supervision from a named consultant
  • 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.
  • There and established peer group to support with revalidation and appraisal which post holder would be welcomed to join.
  • Priory supports continuing professional development and access to study leave with associated expenses is available via centrally allocated budget and approval system.
  • There is weekly peer supervision group meeting attended by specialty doctors and consultants in the hospital.
  • There would be an opportunity to develop a range of non-clinical skills by participating in clinical governance framework of the hospital.
  • The Hospital would provide opportunities for completion of CESR competencies if the post holder is working towards application for CESR registration.
  • The indemnity cover for Priory clinical work is covered by Priory Group as part of Priory Wide Indemnity Contract


Annual leave

The post holder will have 25 days of annual leave in addition to bank holiday


Person Specification

Essential Criteria

  • Current GMC registration with license to practice
  • Clinical skills and competencies consistent with the experience of minimum two years in psychiatry

Desirable Criteria

  • Section 12 approval
  • Experience of working in inpatient psychiatric settings


Contact Details

If you would like to speak to someone to find out more about the post, you can call on 02380 84004 and speak to:

  • Dr Megan Roberts, Consultant Psychiatrist
  • Dr James Stallard, Consultant Psychiatrist
  • Dr Kaleem Baig, Medical Director


You can also email your queries to Julie Diggens ( and we will get back to you. You can also request Julie Diggens to if you would like to have an informal conversation about the post.


The successful candidate will be required to apply for a disclosure at the enhanced level from the Disclosure and Barring Services.  Further information can be obtained from  Priory Group will cover the cost of a DBS check for all successful applicants.  We are an equal opportunities employer.  For more information please email Julie Diggens, HR Advisor on

Division DBS info

About us

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.

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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