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Senior Occupational Therapist




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

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time




37.5 hrs p/wk

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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.


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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?

The Priory Hospital Burgess Hill, part of Priory Healthcare, and has been established by one of the UK’s leading independent providers of mental health services. Our 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. Set in 11 acres of beautiful Sussex countryside, we offer 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.


Our 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. We provide 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 ongoing 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.


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

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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.