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Occupational Therapy Assistant




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

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time


£18,000 per annum



Job Advert - Division Information


Knowing that you’re making a difference to people’s lives is rewarding in itself. But our many roles offer much more than that. As well as helping you grow and develop your talent, we want you to feel proud of where you work and what you do.

Job Advert Location Description

Here at Burgess Hill our aim is to help patients to live a happier, more independent life.
Burgess Hill is a purpose-built hospital set in attractive spacious grounds, in a rural setting within easy reach of the A23 and local amenities.
At Burgess Hill we offer a specialist service in providing care for people with mental illnesses, split across three wards: a male acute service, a male PICU, and a female low secure unit.
New members of our team have an exceptional opportunity to help shape the future of our services and a genuine chance to be part of transforming them. With a renewed focus on quality and excellence at its heart the service aims to grow and extend its current offering. This is your chance to play an influential part in developing and improving the current services and to make a real and lasting difference to the lives of the people in our care.


Job Advert Role Description

We are currently looking for an enthusiastic Occupational Therapy Assistant to join our team based in Hassocks!

In this role you will support our Occupational Therapy department, being proactive in offering activities which will contribute to the daily engagement and recovery of our patients. 

Your responsibilities:
•  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.
•  Identifying and assessing potential risks involved in managing 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
•  Maintaining up to date and accurate clinical records in accordance with professional and departmental standards
•  Participating in induction and refresher training 

What do we need from you?
•  Proven or accredited skills in Art, Music, Drama or Education.
•  Experience within a mental health or care environment is desirable.
•  General education to GCSE level including Maths, English and IT

Our Benefits:
•  33 days annual Leave
•  A Group Personal Pension Plan (GPPP)
•  Career development
•  Flexible benefits including preferential rates and access to schemes such as: gym membership, healthcare cash plan and shopping discounts
•  Free meals and parking on site 



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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