Local doctors star in new NHS recruitment film

Psychiatrists from across Sussex and Hampshire are taking centre stage in a new recruitment campaign aimed at attracting more doctors to the south coast.

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which provides specialist mental health and learning disability services to people of all ages in Sussex, and to children and young people in Hampshire, is launching a drive to attract consultant psychiatrists to the area in a bid to establish consistent, stable teams providing high quality care for the people who use our services.

At the heart of the campaign is a short film called ‘Why chose psychiatry at Sussex Partnership?, which features established consultant psychiatrists and junior doctors sharing their experiences of what it’s like to live and work in the region. You can watch the film below:

Sussex Partnership’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Rick Fraser, who also features in the film, said: “Our message is that, if you come and work with us, we will support you to be the best doctor that you can be. We will give you the opportunities you need to develop your career and pursue the specialist areas that interest you. We will create the right job for you. 

“And, perhaps just as importantly, we will help you find that vital work-life balance that is so often lacking. Yes, our services are in demand like never before, but the mental health and wellbeing of our staff is important and you will have a network of people around you to offer advice and support every step of the way. 

“It’s a really exciting time to be a psychiatrist; it’s a fascinating area of medicine and the opportunities to make a real difference to people’s mental health and wellbeing have never been greater. At Sussex Partnership we have strong links to local universities and the medical school. Our clinicians are actively encouraged to get involved in the world-class, cutting edge research that is helping us to further our knowledge of mental health conditions and their effective treatment.  

“Our aim is to provide people with outstanding care and treatment they can be confident in, and our team of psychiatrists is integral to making this happen. If this sounds like something you’d like to be involved in, please give me a call - I’d be more than happy to show you around.”

Nationally the NHS is facing a staffing crisis, with a shortage of staff, including psychiatrists across the country. Sussex Partnership, like other Trusts, has to rely on agency workers to fill the gap. Efforts to reduce the spend on agency staff, which included a campaign to recruit 150 new nurses, has so far decreased the monthly bill for agency staff from £1 million to around £500,000. The new campaign focused on doctors aims to help take that figure even lower.  

Talking about psychiatry and his role working with the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in Hampshire, Dr Nishchint Warikoo, Lead Psychiatrist, said: “The bigger the challenge, the bigger the sense of satisfaction once you have achieved something positive for the young person you’re working with. At times I’ve had ideas that I think will make things better for young people, and I’ve always been supported to bring those ideas to work and use them. I have always felt supported here.”

Dr Alice Brooke, a Psychiatry Registrar based in Brighton, said: “Seeing someone recovering and improving, and the impact that it has on their life, and their family, is what motivates me. I can’t think of anything else that I’d rather do.”

Dr Rhodri David, Consultant Psychiatrist for a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit in Crawley, said: “The Trust has very strong links with Brighton and Sussex Medical School. I’ve got a big interest in education. That’s something I brought with me here and it’s being encouraged and developed.”

For more information visit www.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk/doctors