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If you’d like to give women a voice while raising your profile across the globe, then this might be the right opportunity for you.

The largest female prison in Europe is situated just outside London and there is a rare chance to increase their chances of rehabilitation.   This is lacking across the UK and the system is crying out for a trailblazing Consultant Psychiatrist like you who can make an impact through systems and research…an impact that could get notorious coverage in the media across the UK and world.

Some benefits for you:

  • Salary Sacrifice Scheme where you can get home electronics goods from Curry’s, order components and bikes over £1000 as well as bikes for the kids, pay for your gym membership, purchase a new low emission car and have your insurance and tax included in your monthly cost and choose from flights, accommodation, music festivals and cruises or theatre tickets
  • Weekly paid bank work – a chance to earn extra income
  • Critical Incident Support for staff who have been through a stressful and traumatic experience in the past to help overcome chronic trauma
  • Developing Diverse Leaders Scheme aimed at BAME leaders of the future looking to move into senior management or Board level
  • Flexible working

More details….

This is a modern purpose-built prison for women in Ashford which opened in June 2004. It performs the function of a local prison, accepting prisoners direct from the courts with 3 main residential units holding approximately 135 women each. A 4th residential unit holding 77 women was opened in January 2010.

The Mental Health Team works closely with prison staff and contracted services to provide a service that promotes positive health and social care outcomes, sustainable resettlement and reduction in re-offending.

It also has Level 4 Healthcare provision with inpatient facilities for 18 women with a Separation & Care Unit. Reception Criteria: direct from courts within the catchment area, remand and trial adults and young adults, short term sentenced adults up to 6 months, mothers & babies (up to 18 months), restricted status prisoners, life sentenced prisoners and young offenders.

Some details on the job description and some responsibilities:

  • You will be expected to provide direct psychiatrist input into prisoners suffering from mental disorder.
  • The team assesses patients on ordinary location, healthcare wing and separation & care unit. A key focus of the work will be the assessment and treatment of patients on the inpatient unit (up to 23 patients). The inpatient unit houses a mix of both physical health and mental health patients. At any one time up to half would be mental health patients including those requiring transfer to psychiatric hospital.
  • You are not expected to screen new referrals, rather, follow up of referrals already having been assessed by a member of the MDT. Clinics will typically have 4 patients to review per session.  You will review patients on the inpatient unit when required.
  • You will not be expected to carry a caseload. Caseloads will be carried by the CPNs and you will be expected to conduct psychiatric/medication reviews.


  • GMC registration with licence to practice 
  • Specialist registration with GMC or eligible within 6 months of interview date 

We are keen to hear from Psychiatrists from all areas, not just forensic, so please get in touch to find out more.

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