What attracted you to Surrey and Borders?
“Some of the things that caught my eye were the new models of working developed at the Trust, and its innovative services. For instance, the Hope service – which provides multi-agency support for young people aged 11-18 who are experiencing complex mental health, emotional, social and behavioural needs – is quite unique. Its location also really suited me as it was close to home.”
Can you describe how your career has developed here?
“I joined the Trust as a middle grade SAS (or Associate Specialist) Doctor, working in the Epsom CAHMS service. I was there for about two years, and this gave me the chance to work alongside a fantastic multi-disciplinary team, to act up as a Consultant, and also to take part in the Certification of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR) programme. I’m currently acting up as a Child and Adolescent Consultant Psychiatrist, and I’m part of the Senior Medical Leadership team. I’ve also been able to give back to some of my colleagues, and have directly supervised two trained nurses to progress to Nurse Prescribing roles, which I’m really proud about.”
What kind of support and training have you received from the Trust?
“Surrey and Borders offers great support to SAS doctors with a really robust training programme, regular peer support, and a dedicated mentor. I’ve also had the brilliant opportunity to attend an inpatient unit at another mental health Trust for six months, in an honorary consultant role. Thanks to all this support I’ve developed my skills even further and recently completed a degree in Child Psychiatry from the University of Leicester. I’ve also taken part in the Trust’s leadership programme, which is available to all senior staff.”
What’s the best thing about working at Surrey and Borders?
“Without a doubt it’s the work I do with young people. I’m always really humbled that they trust me with their stories. It’s not always easy, but my team is so supportive and such a strong peer group that I always feel I have someone to help me deal with the very difficult issues we see every day.”
If you could describe your colleagues in three words, what would they be?
“Compassionate, supportive, and caring – both about the work we do and about the people who are in our care.”
What would you say to someone thinking of joining the Trust?
“I’d say definitely apply! We’re always looking for colleagues to join us – and knowing our local system, and being flexible in your approach will definitely help you. It’s such a great set of services and gives you the chance to work with many different teams and specialities. I love my job!”
Find out more about the Trust on our main recruitment pages.