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Lead 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


£40,500 pa


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

Priory Hospital Burgess Hill 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

Are you an experienced Occupational Therapist with proven experience working within a Mental Health setting and looking for a new challenge?

We have an exciting opportunity for a Lead Occupational Therapist to join our team working at Burgess Hill, a large site providing secure services for both men and women with mental illnesses and personality disorders.

This role will be to  effectively lead and manage an Occupational Therapy service in line with “College of Occupational Therapy Standards for Practice”. Integrate standards of practice for education personnel: Graduate OT, Senior 6 OT and OTA’s and promote the MDT recovery approach to all aspects of patient care.


The successful candidate will be responsible for:

• Driving the Occupational Therapy Service according to the strategic direction of the hospital to best meet service user needs.

• Leading on the planning and delivery of multi-disciplinary therapeutic patient activity programmes across the hospital.

• Provide clinical support and professional supervision to the occupational therapy team

• Providing specialist clinical interventions led by evidence based practice to enhance patients recovery and sense of wellbeing through engagement in occupation

• Collaborating with External agencies to maintain links with community activities and Patient social inclusion programs: Koestler Trust, community art festivals.

• Leading on the CQUIN Recovery College in Secure Settings programme

• Maintaining a clinical case load


Skills and Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience of working in mental health ideally with experience within an inpatient setting
  • Currently working in at least a Band 6 or 7 role (a lead or head of department role is desirable)
  • Experience of supervising or line managing staff
  • Post Graduate Diploma or degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Current and valid registration with HCPC
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to prioritise and manage time effectively
  • Proven experience of leading and facilitating individual / group sessions


Our Benefits:-

•25 days annual leave plus bank holidays pro rata

• Free Meals whist on site

• Free Car parking on site

•A Group Personal Pension Plan (GPPP)

•Private Medical

•Great Opportunities to develop and for CPD

•Employee Assistance Programme

•Flexible benefits (including preferential rates and access to schemes such as gym membership, IT, private healthcare, Shopping discounts)  

‘All roles will be subject to a successful disclosure at an appropriate level from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Priory Group will cover the cost of a DBS check for all successful applicants.’

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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