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Occupational Therapy Assistant




The Ayr Clinic, Dalmellington Road, Ayr, KA6 6PT

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Fixed Term - Part Time





Job Advert Location Description

Ayr Clinic is a low secure hospital for males and females with mental illness and/or personality disorders, located in the coastal town of Ayr in West Central Scotland.

Our low secure service is spread over three wards, comprising of:

-12-bedded male admissions unit

-12-bedded female admissions unit

-12-bedded mixed gender rehabilitation unit

We provide high levels of therapeutic care that is underpinned by evidence-based knowledge, delivered by a highly experienced team. Our individualised and group treatment programmes have clearly defined goals and outcomes for our patient group.

Treatment is offered in a safe and positive environment where patients develop their skills for independence, self-confidence and knowledge of how to manage their mental health and wellbeing. We work collaboratively with the residents to empower them, using recovery and person-centred approaches.


Job Advert Role Description

We are looking for an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) to join our team. Our focus is on increasing independence, improving quality of life and promoting social inclusion for the service users in our care. You will work closely with the Occupational Therapists on site to deliver evidence-based interventions to support patients in their recovery. As an OTA, you will be responsible for coordinating and implementing individual and group activities within the hospital and in the community. Additionally to assist the Occupational Therapist in carrying out assessments, formulate and run therapy programmes as well produce timely electronic reports.

The occupational therapy team look to support individuals in maximizing their quality of their life in the least restrictive manner possible. You will contribute to care planning and risk assessments of patients to maintain and improve their level of functioning while with us and prepare them for discharge. The role will involve following a weekly structured timetable developed by the Occupational Therapist and being present on the ward on a daily basis to encourage the patients to engage in meaningful activities to enhance their quality of life

Key Responsibilities

-To support Occupational Therapists with the preparation, planning and delivery of groups and one-to-one occupational, therapeutic and recreational activities.

- Observing, recording and reporting patient responses to the assigned clinician as appropriate.

-Ensuring effective, timely and accurate updating of clinical records and note keeping.

-Assist in the treatment and rehabilitation of patients, assisting them to achieve optimum independence and safety.

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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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