Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust Careers Webpage

Explore this page to find out who Southern health NHS Foundation Trust are, the careers they offer and kinds of skills & expereince you will need for a career in the NHS.

Who are Southern Health NHS Trust?

We provide community health, specialist mental health and learning disability services for people across the south of England. Covering Hampshire, we are one of the largest providers of these types of service in the UK.

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Here is a tour of one of our CAMHS secure units

Community Health

Our community health services include a range of community hospitals (hospitals which have community beds, maternity, clinics, minor injuries units, X ray departments and more), Italk – Free psychological services for peoples suffering with Depression, Anxiety and other mental health issues. The Petersfield Minor Injuries Unit, MRI scan services, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and the Respiratory Service. Our Integrated Community Care (ICT) Teams also provide nursing, treatment and support in the home and local community to adults with a range of health problems or conditions.

Specialist Mental Health

Some of our specialist mental health services include:
Perinatal Mental Health Service – specialist assistance to women with antenatal or postnatal mental health problems.
Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) Service – a community service offering assessment, treatment and support for 14-65 year olds who are experiencing their first episode of psychosis.
Psychiatric Liaison Service –helping staff in general hospitals (including A&E) to detect and manage mental health conditions while people are being treated for a physical illness.
Eating Disorders Service –based in Southampton, Basingstoke and Portsmouth, we provide assessment and treatment for people with Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating and some atypical eating disorders.
Rehabilitation Service –we work closely with people to help them recover from a mental illness and manage their condition long-term, either in the community or a residential home.
Hampshire Custody Liaison and Diversion Service (HLDS) – we work with vulnerable people with mental illness, learning disabilities or autism who find themselves in the criminal justice system.

Learning Disability Services

We specialise in helping people with Learning Disabilities. We help people with a variety of different health needs including:

One way we help & support those with learning disabilities is by producing ‘easy read’ information to ensure the whole community has access to important information that they are able to understand. Take a look at our easy read Coronavirus leaflet here: 

Our core Values



Patients & People First:

What job roles are available at Southern Health NHS?

Explore the videos & information below to find out more about careers within Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust & the NHS in general. There are lots of different roles & different options for starting your career in the NHS whatever your qualifications.


What does an Administrator do?

The NHS has to be well-organised and keep detailed records of patients and staff. Patients and other organisations need to be able to contact the NHS, to see or speak to the right person who can give them the help they need. That could be booking an appointment, getting advice or paying an invoice.

Administrative roles include:

What qualifications do I need?


What is a Physiotherapist?

Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. They maintain health for people of all ages, helping patients to manage pain and prevent disease.

How to qualify as a Physiotherapist?

To get onto a Physiotherapy degree course you usually need two or three A levels, including a Biological Science and/or PE, along with five GCSEs (Grades A-C), including English language, Maths and at least one Science.

You may also be able to get onto a course with alternative qualifications, including:


Two physiotherapists from SHFT talk about why they enjoy their jobs!

Comparing Job Requirements

Let’s compare these two careers side by side.

By comparing these two roles you can see that there are different routes to a career with the NHS and that entry requirements vary according to the role

Work Experience

Work experience will show you how the NHS really works – especially useful if you’ve only seen it on the TV or when you’ve been ill. It can also help you experience being a part of a team and develop skills that will give you a head start when you apply for a job or university course.

How to find work experience

Skills for the NHS

What kind of skills would be useful to have for a career in the NHS?

Spend a couple of minutes thinking about what kind of skills you think are needed for a career in the NHS…


What skills did you think of?

Do you already have some of these skills?

The skills above are just some of those that may be beneficial for a career in the NHS.

Having the relevant skills and experience for the job role you want and being able to communicate that you have the skills needed is very important for successful job applications & interviews

Can you think of when you have demonstrated any of these skills?

You might think of examples from your school or college life or your personal life. As long as you can explain how your example shows a particular skill that’s great!

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