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Health/Therapy Care Assistant

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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


£17,940.00 - £20,439.00 per annum


37.5 hrs p/wk - Shift work

Job Advert Location Description

The Dene Hospital is a specialist Hospital providing secure services for men and women with mental illness and/or personality disorder including both medium and low secure care environments. The hospital also has two High Dependency Units one male and one female. We work with the most difficult patients and support them through their care pathway back into the community.  We have a strong care pathway via our medium secure, low secure and our new inpatient service for women with high dependency needs (HDU). In October 2017 we opened an additional ward specialising in DBT Therapy. We received an overall rating of Good from the CQC in August 2017.


The Dene is set in 11 acres of beautiful Sussex countryside, it has educational, occupational and sporting facilities, including a sports hall, tennis court and gymnasium, along with various communal recreation areas. There is 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.


Our clinical programmes focus on:

•Rehabilitation on-site and in the community and include programmes specifically focused on treating offending and challenging behaviours, minimising the risk to self and others

•Building skills to increase independence to promote people stepping down to care in the least restrictive setting appropriate to their health

Job Advert Role Description

As a Health / Therapy Care Assistant you will be working within a team that includes a range of professionals. You will work under the supervision of a qualified nurse and will need to have good communication skills, excellent team working skills as well as flexible approach to the constantly changing environment within the hospital. You will have good numeracy and literacy skills to GCSE (or equivalent) standard and an NVQ in Health and Social Care would be an advantage.

We are looking for individuals who are motivated to provide outstanding care for our patients and who wish to develop and drive their own career path. You will also have to have a basic understanding of mental health problems and the role of Health / Therapy Care Assistant within a hospital such as The Dene.


Therapy Care Assistants receive the same level of training and carry out the same duties as Healthcare Assistants, with the additional requirement that they would support the DBT Ward.


Training provided will be an extensive 2 weeks Induction Programme, followed by continual training during your 6 month probation period within your department.


Our Benefits:-

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

• Free Meals whilst on site

• Free Car parking on site

• Contributory Pension Scheme

• Life Assurance and Private Medical Insurance

• Employee Assistance Programme

• Opportunities for career development

• Access to our Employee Assistance Programme

• Employee Benefits Scheme (including preferential rates and access to schemes such as gym membership, IT, Shopping discounts)   

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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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