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Occupational Therapist

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
Enfield, London
£40,701 to £48,054 per annum inclusive of outer London HCAS rate
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Forensic Mental Health Inpatient Band 6 Occupational Therapy Role

Are you...
  • Interested in forensic mental health and looking for a new opportunity?
  • Experienced and a motivated Occupational Therapist who is passionate to provide excellent patient care?
  • Would you like to work in an innovative trust delivering the best in care for our patients, where a strong focus on staff development exists?

If so, our Band 6 Occupational Therapy role is the post for you.

The band 6 role is based on a forensic low secure admission inpatient ward at the NLFS, Chase Farm Hospital, Enfield. The successful candidate will have a caseload of 12 adult male patients. You will provide assessment, treatment and evaluation of clinical interventions, carrying out functional assessments and contributing to multidisciplinary team care planning and risk assessment verbally and through written documentation.

Main duties of the job

The role:
  • The band 6 role oversees the adjacent low secure male ward, supervising the small sub team comprised of a band 5 OT and Technical Instructor's.
  • As band 6 OT you will be able to support the wider service with your clinical experience and knowledge and share this with the team, e.g., through training, students etc.
  • Providing OT assessment and intervention to patients detained under The Mental Health Act, 1983 (amended 2007), many of whom suffer from a severe and enduring mental illness and have a history of offending behaviour.
  • Working alongside a robust multi-disciplinary team including Psychology, Speech and Language Therapy, Dual Diagnoses, Employment Advisors, Peer Workers and Experts by Experience (EbE's)
  • Liaising with internal and external services, e.g., community mental health / OT teams to support and prepare for discharge from hospital, EBE's, vocational and educational services, housing etc.
  • The OT role focusses on functional daily living skills, establishing structured routines and managing specific mental health and risk issues.
  • Working with a Band 4 Technical Instructor (TI) to deliver 1:1 session and a group programme to meet individual needs of the specified ward.

About us

The OT team:
  • You will be working alongside a large team of OTs (Band 7's, Band 6's and Band 4 TI). Supervision structure to support ongoing learning and career development.
  • The team has a wealth of experience and opportunities to share to aid learning and development. We offer a robust induction programme including preceptorship (if applicable), many training opportunities in house and externally and frequent robust supervision.
  • Each OT is allocated to a specific case load / ward alongside a TI and overseen by Band 6 / Band 7 OT's.

The service:

The NLFS provides comprehensive mental health rehabilitation to a mainly male adult population within medium and low security for service users who present with complex mental health needs and a forensic / offending history.

The patients are individuals with diverse needs and presentations, often with psychotic symptoms, secondary diagnosis of personality disorder and can exhibit aggressive behaviour and poor insight. In addition, the post holder will work closely with the Multi-Disciplinary Team and relevant outside agencies to provide a quality service, which is responsive to client's needs.

The trust:

BEH MH NHS trust is a forward thinking and dynamic NHS Trust with a genuine commitment to staff development. This exciting, challenging and rewarding opportunity will enable you to join the friendly and expanding team ensuring the delivery of dignified and compassionate care to service users and obtaining high quality training

Job description

Job responsibilities

See main duties of the role above.

Please see attached job description and person specification for more information.

Person Specification



  • Occupational Therapy Degree
  • Evidence of CPD / reflective practice
  • HCPC registered


  • Master or post graduate papers in relevant areas
  • Further relevant training or study, e.g. AMPS, Sensory
  • Qualification in specific activities, e.g. craft / gym etc
  • RCOT registered
  • Mandatory training completed in mental health service



  • Experience of carrying out functional assessments.
  • Experience in managing a small OT team made up of Band 5 OT's and TI's.


  • Experience in supervising and appraising junior staff and students



  • Post graduate experience of working with people with mental health conditions
  • Effective verbal communication skills to include presentation of O.T. information to MD team
  • Effective written communication skills to include assessment and treatment documentation and formal O.T. reports for MD team and outside agencies
  • Ability to determine and record clear and relevant O.T. treatment plans.
  • Ability to demonstrate sound clinical judgement and clear clinical reasoning for O.T. interventions
  • Experience of working autonomously, being responsible for own practice and managing a varied workload including the ability to prioritise and problem solve.
  • Experience of being part of a multidisciplinary team.


  • Experience in promoting and/or contributing to formal education of OT students e.g. workshops, presenting at open days etc.
  • Experience of planning, monitoring and evaluating therapy programmes to ensure the most effective use of clinical priorities, within own and team practices.
  • Ability to instruct others on professional standards of communication
  • Experience of implementing service improvements
  • Knowledge and experience of working within the conditions set out in the Mental Health Act (1983)
  • An understanding of forensic issues
  • Experience in working with clients with learning disabilities and/or autistic spectrum disorders
  • Experience in working with clients with personality disorders

Employer details

Employer name

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust


North London Forensic Service, Chase Farm Hospital,

The Ridgeway

Enfield, London


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