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Lead Occupational Therapist




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

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time





Job Advert Role 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 a Secure Service unit, a DBT Locked Rehabilitation service, PICU Services and Acute care.


With a CQC rating of GOOD, you would be working in a forward thinking hospital supporting our patients recovery alongside a highly skilled and dedicated Multi-Disciplinary Team.

Are you an experienced Occupational Therapist with proven experience working within a mental health setting, looking for a new challenge?


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


The successful candidate will manage the Occupational Therapy team and its resources, taking appropriate action to ensure that standards of care are exceptional. You will be also be responsible for:

•  Co-ordinating and managing on a day-to-day basis the effective operation of the Occupational Therapy Service, reflective of agreed contact targets

•  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.

•  Conveying the strategic development of the service in line with Care Quality Commission, Governance, National Care Standards & Professional Specific Agendas, in collaboration with the Regional Head Occupational Therapist.

•  Maintaining a clinical case load


Skills and Experience

•  Degree or post-graduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy

•  Minimum of 3 years’ experience of working in mental health (ideally within an inpatient setting)

•  Currently working in at least a Band 6 or 7 (or equivalnt) role (a lead or head of department role is desirable)

•  Current and valid registration with HCPC

•  Experience of supervising or line managing staff

•  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

•   Free DBS check

•   Opportunities for further career development

•   A Group Personal Pension Plan (GPPP)

•   Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

•   ‘Refer a Friend’ scheme

•   Flexible benefits, including preferential rates and access to schemes such as gym memberships, cycle-to-work, healthcare cash plan and shopping discounts

•   Free meals and parking on site whilst on duty        

Division DBS info

About us

As one of the UK’s leading providers of behavioural care and specialist support services to adults and young people, Priory Group promise a challenging and fulfilling career with the support of a world class organisation willing to invest in your development. 

Across our network of hospitals, residential care homes, education facilities and supported living services, we are making a real and lasting difference to the lives of the people we support.


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. Priory Group will cover the cost of a DBS check.

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