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Expert Interview with Psychiatrist Dr Campbell:

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We wanted to take the opportunity to highlight just what it’s like to pursue a career in the field of Mental Health. Specialising in Addiction at Priory Hospital Roehampton, Psychiatrist Dr Niall Campbell talks about the challenges of his profession, his views on the best elements of working in such a role, as well as offering some great insight into what kind of skills you will need to succeed in such a career. Here’s a few of the best bits from his expert interview!

  • What’s the most common misconception about what you do?

Many people still think that the Priory only deals with celebrities and the wealthy that have addiction problems. This could not be further from the truth. The majority of our patients are working; some have health insurance, others self-paying who desperately want to fix what’s wrong with them.

The other misconception is that addiction is somehow a choice to be bad, rather than a disease over which patients are powerless.

  • Could you name three of the most challenging aspects of your role?
  1. Motivating people who do not recognise the consequences of their addiction and don’t want to change.
  2. Involving close family members in a positive way in patient’s recovery.  We work very hard at the Priory to do this.
  3. Challenging the widely held stigmas about addiction.  I work with media trying to get this message across.
  • What is the most interesting part of your job?

Never knowing who’s going to turn up!  I have been privileged in this job to meet people from all walks of life, from the unemployed and homeless, to the rich and apparently successful, people from every country in the world and people doing jobs and involved in organisations which I had never heard of before.

My work has been an immense privilege.


Content written by the Priory Group

Employer Focus: Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


At Sussex Partnership we have a number of nursing vacancies across our services in both mental health and Learning disabilities, we want to offer University of Cumbria students who are graduating this year the opportunity to come and join us!

Who are we?

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is 5,000 passionate and dedicated clinicians, support staff and managers, working hand in hand with partners in the community to care for and support vulnerable people.

Together, we provide mental health, learning disability, substance misuse and prison healthcare throughout Sussex, along with a range of specialist services across the south east of England and beyond. We’re now one of the most influential and most well respected mental health trusts in the country and, as a teaching trust of Brighton and Sussex Medical School, we’re developing a national reputation for leading-edge research.

We are optimistic about the future for the NHS and social care, and our place in that future. Join us!

Nursing at Sussex

As a Sussex Partnership Nurse, you will be part of a nursing workforce of over two and a half thousand. Our services as I am sure you know are provided right across Sussex, with specialist services in Hampshire, Kent and Medway and Lewisham. We pride ourselves on being a Teaching Trust; and value our nurses by encouraging them to continue their training and development by;

  1. Supporting completion of a structured preceptorship period for newly qualified staff
  2. Funding short and longer programmes of study including brief courses, internal and external conferences and postgraduate study.
  3. Developing new roles and career paths including non-medical prescribing, non-medical approved clinicians and clinical academic posts.
  4. Providing opportunities to engage in research through membership of the Sussex Partnership research network

What can we offer?

We currently have a number of Band 5 Nursing opportunities available across our services.

Salary for Band 5 Staff nurses:
Band 5 (£21,478 – £27,901) in addition we are paying our nurses a £2000 Golden Hello (retention clause applies)

Relocation support?
We will pay £500 towards helping you relocate to Sussex

View our current vacancies: NHS Jobs website

Visit our website for more information about the Trust: http://www.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk/

Relocting to Sussex: http://www.sussextourism.org.uk/


Careers in Healthcare – where to look! (Friday’s Featured Vacancy – 09/05/2014)

Looking for your first job can be quite a daunting prospect, but don’t worry, the University of Cumbria Careers Team are here to help!

Our Health Professions pages will help you find a wealth of information and resources related to working in the health and well-being sector.

In addition to this every year there are a number of events and fairs at the University which will allow you to meet the professionals and get advice directly from them.

Once you have had a look at all the resources available online, if you still need some help and support, email the careers service careers@cumbria.ac.uk and we can help point you in the direction!

Applying for posts

All NHS trusts use the NHS careers website. You can search by type of job or location. You can also subscribe to receive updates.

Private sector posts are listed on a number of sites

Guide to applying for your first nursing post (pdf)
Guide to applying for your first nursing post (word doc)

UoC Careers Service  Guides to specific careers paths

Useful links

NHS Careers website

Nursing Standard  publication  of the Royal College of Nursing

Nursing Times – professional and clinical articles for nurses

Ever heard of a Support Time and Recovery Worker?

Talking of opportunities that are not well-covered on standard careers websites, etc., have you any idea what a Support Time and Recovery Worker does?

Basically, it is an NHS role involved with mental health patients in a support and advocacy role.

You can find more details on the appropriate section of the NHS Careers website.