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Occupational Therapist




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

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time, Permanent - Part Time


£26,500 FTE


2 POSTS: 37.5hrs and 22.5hrs

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.

Priory Healthcare is one of the UK’s leading providers of independent specialist secure and step-down care across the UK. With hospitals around the country, 30 years of experience in our sector and highly skilled and experienced teams, we help patients and commissioners find the right care pathways without the need for multiple reassessments and we are looking for caring, compassionate people to join us.

Job Advert Location Description

Ayr Clinic, with its two step down services -Gatehouse and Lochlea, is a low secure setting, caring for men and women with a wide variety of conditions including: personality disorder, learning disabilities and mental health issues.

Job Advert Role Description

Within the service, an opportunity has arisen for two occupational therapists to join the multidisciplinary team. Working within a low security environment and operating with a full multi-disciplinary team including occupational therapy, forensic psychiatry, nursing and psychology.

The role will involve undertaking occupational therapy assessments, interventions and evaluations for a designated caseload, under supervision of the senior occupational therapist.

You will work closely with the other occupational therapists on site and form part of a multi-disciplinary team within your allocated ward/site. You will manage and co-ordinate the implementation of individual treatment plans for occupational therapy services ensuring treatment, activities and interventions are delivered through effective application and communication. Delivering occupation focused individual and group work based interventions for service users.

As an Occupational Therapist you will be working across our services within the Ayr Clinic or across Gatehouse and Lochlea. You will be expected to work autonomously, as well as part of a team using evidence based practice and client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions in both hospital and community settings.

Considering the service user’s own views carefully, you will assess their abilities to perform activities and design treatment programmes to increase their capability to tackle identified goals and progress within their recovery pathway.

To be successful as an occupational therapist, you will need: 

• BSc Hons or Diploma in Occupational Therapy and accreditation by the HCPC and full RCOT membership
• Undertake patient assessment and observation to identify patient needs before planning and delivering appropriate and relevant interventions on either a group of individual basis
• Maintain and develop close working relationships with professional and clinical colleagues within the multidisciplinary team, ensuring that clinical practice is in line with Priory policies and procedures
• Support junior occupational therapy staff
• Leading on further development and implementation of occupational therapy service within the site
• Organise and deliver therapeutic activities for service users
• Assess service users’ response to activities in accordance with agreed models of practice 
• Provide practical support, advice and education to service users, carers and other disciplines
• Responsible for the recording of all patient related activity information.
• Produce accurate and timely documentation on all clients in line with your Professional Code of Conduct and organisational policies
• Carry out risk assessments including any potential hazards in the service users environment
• Attend multi-disciplinary meetings i.e. referral / review / business / CPA and weekly ward rounds
• Report and document incidents as required
• Facilitate and support in group work such as relaxation, health promotion etc
• Be competent in use of relevant screening and assessment tools
• Participate in the continuing development of a high quality service that is underpinned by evidence based practice, care pathways / packages

In return for your expertise and hard work, we offer a wide range of benefits including:
• A competitive salary
• 25 days’ annual leave (increasing with length of service to a maximum of 30) and bank holidays
• Contributory pension scheme
• Life insurance
• Opportunities to develop and progress in a wide variety of care settings.
• Free car parking
• Free on site meals
• Employee benefits scheme (e.g., discounted shopping vouchers, interest free Apple Products loan scheme)
• Full onsite induction training and orientation programme

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Permanent
Full-time hours: 37.5 per week

All roles will be subject to a successful disclosure at an appropriate level from Disclosure Scotland. Priory Group will cover the cost of the check. We are an equal opportunities employer.

Ability to commute/relocate:
• Ayrshire Area (Ayr, Prestwick, Mauchline)

Application question(s):
• Have you had COVID-19 Vaccinations?

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.

Priory maintains that vaccination remains our very best line of defence against COVID-19 and believes that our colleagues working with vulnerable individuals have a professional duty to be vaccinated.  As part of our wider infection control efforts, and to meet our commissioner and customer requirements, we continue to record vaccination status for all colleagues and we therefore request that you disclose this information as part of your application.  Your vaccination status will not affect any offer of employment and will be held in line with GDPR requirements.  We thank you for your understanding. 


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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