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Occupational Therapy Assistant




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

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Part Time


£17,725.00 per annum pro rata


22.5 hours per week. Working weekdays, evenings and weekends on a rota.

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, HDU 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.

Job Advert Role Description

Our Occupational Therapy Assistant role involves:

- Working alongside occupational therapy staff in the delivery of the ward programme

- Running planned sessions independently or with other professionals.

- Enabling patients to address specific needs in relation to health and well-being, respecting their dignity, wishes and beliefs and involving them in decision making and goals that are meaningful to them as part as their recovery care pathway.

- Identifying and assessing potential risks involved in manging safe practice for all activities within the hospital, outside of the ward and in the wider community.

- Carrying out individual sessions on/off the ward and in community settings as directed by the multi-disciplinary team

- Reporting back on agreed aspects of assessment, such as observations in groups and in individual sessions on

patient’s physical, social and emotional well-being

- Regualr supervision is provided with identified supervisor.

- Keeping up to date and accurate clinical records, maintained in accordance with professional and departmental standards, to provide a clear record of intervention of the OT service and ensure confidentiality is maintained

- Participating in induction and refresher training including controlled management of violence and aggression training programme


To be successful as an Occupational Therapy Assistant, you’ll need:

- Proven or accredited skills in Art, Music, Drama or Education.

- Work experience within a mental health environment for a minimum of 6 months or within a professional caring situation is desirable.

- General education to GCSE level including Maths, English and IT

- Hold a current UK driving licence


Some of our Benefits include:

 - Private Medical Cover and Life Assurance

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

 - A Group Personal Pension Plan (GPPP)

 - Life Assurance

 - Career development

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

 - Free meals and parking on site

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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