The Dene, Gatehouse Lane, Goddards Green, Hassocks, West Sussex, BN6 9LE
Priory Group Division
Vacancy Type
Permanent - Full Time
37.5 Monday - Friday and some weekends on a rota basis
Job Advert - Division Information



Knowing that you’re making a difference to people’s lives is rewarding in itself. But our many roles offer much more than that. As well as helping you grow and develop your talent, we want you to feel proud of where you work and what you do.



Job Advert Location Description

The Dene Hospital based in Hassocks, West Sussex is 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.

Job Advert Role Description

We are looking to recruit an Occupational Therapist to join our dynamic team, providing high quality therapy services to service users at The Dene Hospital.  The successful candidate will join a well established, dedicated and fully integrated multi-disciplinary team undertaking occupational therapy sessions, groups, care planning and evaluation for a designated caseload.

Candidates will have excellent group facilitation skills in addition to providing individual interventions as part of the hospital's therapeutic timetable. 

Dip COT, BSc or MSc in Occupational Therapy together with HCPC registration is required together with previous experience of working with complex and challenging patients within a Mental Healthcare setting implementing a therapeutic approach. 

A flexible approach is essential together with good communication and organisational skills. This role will also be involved with the supervision of Occupational Therapy Assistants within the hospital.


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:

E: jowatterspawlowski@priorygroup.com

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.