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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

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 is located in beautiful West Sussex and offers the opportunity to gain experience across many specialist mental health disciplines including Secure Services, a DBT Locked Rehabilitation service, PICU Services and Acute care.

With a CQC rating of GOOD across all 5 Key Lines of Enquiry, you would be working in a forward thinking hospital supporting our patients recovery alongside a highly skilled and dedicated Multi-Disciplinary Team. If you were successful in applying to work with us, we offer a comprehensive orientation and training programme to equip you will the knowledge and skills required to provide our patients with the highest quality of care.

With on site parking, meals provided whilst working, free use of our onsite gym and easy access to vibrant Brighton and London what’s not to like…

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

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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