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Occupational Therapist




St John's House, St John's House, Lion Road, Palgrave, IP22 1BA

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time




37.5 hours per week

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

Our service is based on the Norfolk/Suffolk border and provides a range of assessment, treatment, rehabilitation and specialist residential services to over 90 adults with a learning disability in a range of different environments suited to their individual needs including medium, low secure and rehabilitation.

In addition to a learning disability, many of our patients have complex needs including forensic histories, mental illness, ASC and Personality Disorders.  Most patients are detained under the Mental Health Act 1983.


Job Advert Role Description

Occupational Therapist

We are looking to recruit a motivated and enthusiastic Occupational Therapist to join our supportive, dynamic and friendly team.

As a team we creatively deliver occupation-based interventions to facilitate the maintenance and development of skills of service users. We offer a wide range of interventions including accredited educational qualifications, sensory interventions, community based activities and courses developed and delivered through our Recovery College.

The service provides medium, low and locked rehabilitation in-patient services for men and women within a forensic learning disability service. The post holder will deliver OT provision to a designated caseload however may work in other areas if the service requires this.  The post holder’s role will include: planning and implementing a range of therapeutic individual and group work, carrying out functional assessments and contributing to multi-disciplinary team care planning and risk assessments.

Working as part of a team, you will be actively encouraged to develop new interventions that enhance patients’ skills development and social inclusion as well as to provide support and leadership to more junior members of staff.  You will also be part of supporting and developing our Recovery College.

We offer a supportive working environment, opportunities for CPD, peer support and annual appraisal.


  • To be responsible for the day to day co-ordination and management of an occupational therapy/Life Skills, Education and Vocational Opportunities Service (LEVOS).
  • To work closely with all the clinical teams to ensure that an occupational therapy service to patients across the medium, low and locked rehabilitation sites is provided.
  • To contribute to the maintenance of standards of excellence within occupational therapy and throughout the service through Clinical Governance.
  • To appraise, interpret and execute initiatives across the OT/LEVOS Service to promote clinical excellence and increase the profile of Priory Healthcare.




To ensure an efficient referral system to the occupational therapy/LEVOS is maintained.

  • To hold a small complex clinical case load and actively engage in the care pathway for a specific patient group.
  • To ensure that a comprehensive occupational therapy service to patients within the medium, low and rehabilitation services is provided, using agreed assessment tools and techniques where appropriate.
  • To support the OT/LEVOS team with relevant care planning issues, contributing to risk management and devising treatment plans, supporting the CPA process
  • To implement evidence based interventions according to individual patient’s needs and ensuring the patient’s involvement in all aspects of the occupational therapy process.
  • To deliver and co-ordinate effective therapeutic programmes for qualified occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, technical instructors and basic skills teachers and where appropriate co-run groups with other members of the disciplinary team.
  • To ensure systems and therapeutic procedures are carried out and audited.
  • To ensure that all activities are risk assessed according to Priory Policies.
  • To ensure evaluation records of patient’s progress in occupational therapy/ LEVOS and formal assessment reports for individual care reviews and Care Programme Approach meetings meet the agreed NHS contracts and service level agreements.
  • To formally evaluate the service through the most appropriate techniques such as service reviews, patient satisfaction surveys, outcome measures, audits, reflective practice and research.
  • To be responsible for the delivery of quarterly reports using relevant statistics and feedback from the senior clinicians, team and patients.
  • To oversee and actively participate in CPA review meetings and designated service management forums.
  • To liaise closely with other members of the clinical team and other professionals involved in the implementation of the individual patient’s care plan, including purchasers and future placement providers.
  • To oversee and ensure that student placements are meaningful, productive and support is given to the student and supervisor.
  • To develop CPD forums and in-service training for the department, and externally.

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

  • A degree in Occupational Therapy - essential
  • Experience of supervising staff - desirable
  • Strong ability to reflect on practice and use supervision effectively - essential
  • Experience within mental health, learning disabilities, secure or forensic settings
  • A strong interest in working within the field of secure forensic learning disabilities
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills
  • A flexible approach
  • The ability to work within a Multidisciplinary Team.
  • Previous sensory experience desirable but not essential.

A full clean driving licence is preferable.

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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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