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

Priory Group Division



£26,500 - £32,000



Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time

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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.

The Ayr Clinic, with its two step down services - Gatehouse and Lochlea, is a low secure setting, caring for men and women mental illness and/or personality disorders.

Within the service, an opportunity has arisen for an 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. 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 within this role 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 need 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 and students
  • Lead on further development and implementation of occupational therapy service within the site, under supervision of Lead Occupational Therapist
  • Organise and deliver therapeutic activities for service users
  • Assess service users’ response to interventions in accordance with agreed models of practice
  • Provide practical support, advice and education to service users, carers and other disciplines
  • Be 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, life skills 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

Job Type: Full Time, Permanent
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 to:

Ayrshire Area (Ayr, Prestwick, Mauchline)


• A competitive salary (salary is dependent on level of experience)
• 25 days’ annual leave (increasing with length of service to a maximum of 30)
• Birthday off
• Contributory pension scheme
• Life insurance
• Opportunities to develop and progress in a wide variety of care settings
• Free car parking
• Subsidised on site meals
• Employee benefits scheme (e.g. discounted shopping vouchers, interest free Apple products loan scheme)
• Full onsite induction training and orientation programme


Should you wish to discuss the post in more detail, please contact Bronwyn Shields (Lead Occupational Therapist) on 01292 886666

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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.

No agencies please

If you forward any CV’s to the Priory Group and you are not on the Priory Group PSL and have not been asked to work on the above role we will accept the CV as a gift.

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