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Senior Mental Health Support Worker

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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


£23,495.00 per annum


37.5 hrs p/wk ( rolling 2week shift pattern)

Job Advert - Division Information

Ready for the recognition and rewards you deserve?

We don’t just talk about putting employees first. We know that Priory wouldn’t exist without their combined energy, expertise and effort.  So we invest heavily in training, provide first-class support, promote collaborative teamwork and give everyone on our team the opportunities and resources to achieve their full potential.


Job Advert Location Description

The Dene Hospital - rated Good by a recent CQC inspection, supports both male and female patients with varying needs in its Medium Secure, Low Secure, HDU and Acute Wards.

Set in 11 acres of beautiful Sussex countryside The Dene offers service users 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 the 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

Working alongside the Ward Manager, Charge Nurses and Nurse in Charge you will ensure all necessary tasks are completed efficiently and with confidence. You will be expected to have the safety and wellbeing of our patients at the forefront of everything you do. With your experience you will be required to support the training and supervision of junior and new staff members as well as actively seeking to expand your own knowledge and skillset. As a Senior Healthcare Assistant you will have a particular area/subject of interest that you will champion which could include Physical Health Awareness, Infection Control, Training, Security. You will also participate to Healthcare Assistant recruitment events for the hospital.


We are seeking applicants with:

• Proven experience in a secure mental health setting

• NVQ 3 in Health & Social Care 

• Proven experience of mentoring junior colleagues          

• A clear understanding of the Care Certificate     

• Clean driving license and willingness to drive company vehicles

• Professional attitude and positive approach, acting as a role model for junior staff members

• Previous training experience desirable  


Our Benefits:-

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

• Free Meals whilst on duty

• 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)  

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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