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Senior Occupational Therapist

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Priory Hospital Burgess Hill (D11), Gatehouse Lane, Goddards Green, Hassocks, West Sussex, BN6 9LE

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time


£30,300 per annum


37.5 hrs p/wk

Job Advert - Division Information

Providing quality, inspiring innovation and  delivering value is what we set out to achieve at Priory Healthcare. Enabling our patients with mental health difficulties to receive a truly integrated and holistic approach to their treatment, regardless of complexity or severity, thanks to the knowledge and expertise of our multidisciplinary clinical teams.

Job Advert Location Description

Would you like to work in a dynamic, psychologically-minded team? How about gaining therapeutic training, experience and expertise in working with women with complex mental health challenges?


Amy Johnson ward is a specialist, 10-bed locked rehabilitation ward supporting women with a primary diagnosis of Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD) and other associated difficulties such as Eating Disorders, Autistic Spectrum conditions, Psychosis, or complex trauma. Service users may be detained under the Mental Health Act, or staying on the ward informally.


The ward is based at The Dene Hospital, Hassocks, part of Priory Healthcare; it has been established by one of the UK’s leading independent providers of mental health services. The Dene Hospital supports both male and female patients with varying needs in its Medium Secure, Low Secure, HDU and Acute Wards and was rated ‘Good’ by the CQC following their recent inspection.

The Dene is set in 11 acres of beautiful Sussex countryside, it has a wide range of educational, occupational and sporting facilities, including a sports hall, tennis court and gymnasium, along with various communal recreation areas. There is also a library, art room and rehab practice kitchen. The site also facilitates and runs Recovery College courses.


The Dene hosts a number of staff events throughout the year including an annual Summer BBQ to celebrate staff Long Service Awards. The Dene also has a well attended CPD programme and supports staff in their professional and career development.

The Amy Johnson ward provides an intensive, year-long programme of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). All our team take part in the therapeutic agenda by facilitating the group programme, delivering DBT skills coaching to service users and maintaining the behavioural milieu of the unit. As such, an appropriate pathway of training and development in Personality Disorder and DBT is offered along with on going consultative support from the Ward Psychologist, Ward Manager and Consultant Psychiatrist to ensure the whole team acquire skills and understanding of relevant therapeutic principles required for working with this population.

Job Advert Role Description

We are looking for a proactive, enthusiastic and experienced Occupational Therapist (OT) to support the ward in delivering therapeutic care and appropriate vocational activity to the women on our programme. The candidate recruited to this post will be required to:

• Take an active role in the DBT agenda on the unit by designing, planning and facilitating DBT skills groups and other ancillary groups; supporting service users to complete therapeutic tasks; and offering targeted, individual DBT sessions to service users.

• Providing comprehensive OT assessment and treatment to enable patients to achieve their maximum level of functional independence and to enhance their sense of wellbeing through engagement in occupation.

• Leading in developing vocational opportunities and qualifications for patients to engage with and achieve.

• Clinical supervision and leadership of other OT and nursing staff within the service and the wider hospital.

• Conducting comprehensive risk assessments with service users as required

This role would suit a reliable, committed, forward-thinking individual with a passion for working in a psychologically-minded environment. It would be especially appropriate for those seeking to develop psychotherapeutic skills. As this role is to support service users with complex mental health difficulties, successful candidates would gain insight into working with a range of mental health issues. A wealth of knowledge, support and a pathway of personal and professional development will be available to motivated and aspiring candidates.


A summary of our benefits:-

• 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays (at commencement of employment)

• Subsidised Meals

• Free Car parking on site

• A Group Personal Pension Plan (GPPP)

• Life Assurance

• Employee Assistance Programme

• Continuous learning and development

• Career development

• An employee assistance programme

• Flexible benefits (including preferential rates and access to schemes such as gym membership, IT, private healthcare, Shopping discounts)  


For further details about the post, please contact:

Jo Watters-Pawlowski, Head of Occupational Therapy:


T: 01444 231000


Division DBS info

About us

From education to hospitals, care homes and secure facilities, the Priory Group of Companies offers individually tailored, multidisciplinary treatment programmes for those with complex educational needs or requiring acute, long-term and respite mental healthcare.

The integrated strength of each service provides a seamless transition for the individual as they progress between higher and lower dependency care and across services. This unique approach ensures that every individual has the opportunity to achieve the best possible outcomes and quality of life with the Priory Group.

As 85% of our services are publicly funded and delivered in partnership with commissioners, our teams work with commissioning bodies across the country to provide transparent pricing models and evidence-based care programmes.


All roles will be subject to a successful disclosure at an appropriate level from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Access NI or Disclosure Scotland. We are an equal opportunities employer.

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