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Occupational Therapist Band 5 to 6 Development Role HMP & YOI Feltham

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£32,720 to £48,054 per annum inc. Outer HCAS
Closing date
30 Nov 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust is a Top Employer Award Winner. We have a Health and Justice Services Directorate, within which sits the 'Children and Young People' Service line working in partnership with 'Youth Custody Service' colleagues to provide trauma-informed primary care, mental health, neuro-developmental and substance misuse services to the young people and young adults within our care.

It is our quest to deliver patient-focused, developmentally appropriate, quality care promoting a trauma informed environment together with our operational colleagues and supporting young people and young adults to understand their own health and wellbeing needs and maximise all opportunities to achieve their goals during their stay and beyond.

We are looking to recruit a motivated and enthusiastic OT band 5/6 to join our Integrated Healthcare Service at HMP & YOI Feltham. Feltham is effectively two separate establishments delivering healthcare services to young people in Feltham A (15-19 years) and young adults in Feltham B (18-30 years).These two cohorts have slightly different needs and we are looking for staff that understand this and work in line with 'Child First' principles.By joining our team, you will not only look after the healthcare needs of the young people we care for, but also have the opportunity to have a real impact on promoting health and well-being for this population.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be an enthusiastic Occupational Therapy professional who has a desire to progress into a band 6 role. The Wellbeing Team in HMP & YOI Feltham will be committed to providing mental healthcare services in custody, equivalent to those in the community. Post-holders will develop a broad experience of working with Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and will gain a good understanding of what is required to deliver an effective mental health service for young people in a custodial setting.

The post holder will undertake training and supervision to fully embrace the new SECURE STAIRS model, through time participating in and co-delivering training, attending team Reflective Practice as a key part of the role, facilitating a therapeutic culture and activities on the units including Community Meetings, contributing to Formulations and, where appropriate, providing supervision to prison staff.

The post holder will work closely with the HWBT Lead to deliver and implement an effective Mental healthcare which meets the needs of the young people/young adults and adults in our care in HMP & YOI Feltham

About us

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust offers its staff ongoing career progression through monthly supervision, annual personal development plans/appraisals and access to exciting internal and external training opportunities.

The trust alsovalues its staff and you are entitled to become a member of MyTrustBenefits. MyTrustBenefits is an online portal for all CNWL staff, as well as their family and friends. It offers over 1400 discounts at hundreds of retailers nationwide. Save money on your weekly food shops, toiletries, cosmetics, cinema, meals out, holidays, travel and entertainment. You can also access free online courses on a variety of topics, professional and personal, ranging from business management, languages, law and teaching.

All of our sites in CYPSL offer free use of the onsite leisure facilities and free parking for staff at the HMP & YOI establishments.


Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will support the delivery of a high-quality specialist Occupational Therapy service within Feltham as part of a multi-disciplinary HWB team. This will involve providing a range of Specialist Occupational Therapy assessments and interventions. The post will undertake the delivery of packages of care to young people and adults with varying needs and complexities.

The post holder will be supported to enable working autonomously, within their own competencies and in collaboration with Professionals within the service, families and young people and partner agencies

The post holder will be supported to fully embrace the new SECURE STAIRS model, including through development participating in and co-delivering training, attending team Reflective Practice as a key part of the role, facilitating a therapeutic culture and activities on the units including Community Meetings, contributing to Formulations. The post-holder, alongside colleagues in the Health and Wellbeing Team, will be responsible for helping the prison understand and move towards the SECURE STAIRS model of work and should therefore embody the core principles of reflectiveness, and developmentally and trauma-informed practice, in their daily activities.
Overview of main responsibilities
  • To demonstrate the Trusts values in everything you do in the work environment and demonstrate Trust values.
  • The Post holder will be assisted to gain the knowledge and experience in the provision of Occupational Therapy within young people and adult setting, with evidence of additional post qualification training and continuing professional development.
  • They will provide support to junior colleagues & students as required
  • They will work with the senior Occupational Therapists to ensure input is effective, responsive and meets the needs of the population of Feltham in line with Care Pathways.
  • The Post holder will be supported to manage cases, maximising opportunities for direct patient related contacts. They will assess the needs of population and families, establish treatment goals and offer expert clinical knowledge and advice.
  • They will be supported to develop excellent clinical skills and experience in managing complex episodes of treatment that require complex communication, co-ordination and case management skills.
  • The Post holder will when competent offer expert advice to colleagues, service users, partner agencies and trainees as required.
  • To undertake tasks to support the Lead & Senior Occupational therapist in the ongoing development and delivery of Occupational Therapy input within Feltham HMP & YOI

  • Communication
  • The Post holder will support responding to any complaints, concerns and compliments in relation to Occupational Therapy provision.
  • The Post holder will have active involvement and seek opportunities to engage in quality improvements within the Occupational Therapy interventions and the wider HWBT service. They will actively contribute to service audit, and quality improvement programmes within the Offender care, Care Quality framework.
  • To continuously evaluate the effectiveness and impact of interventions and adapt practice as appropriate.
  • Ensure that the delivery of care meets the standards required by governing bodies such as HPC, CQC, Royal College of Occupational Therapists code of conduct.
  • Play a key role in contributing to innovations in risk management, quality standard setting and clinical effectiveness.
  • To ensure high levels of confidentiality are maintained and to follow trust guidelines regarding consent, capacity and safeguarding.
  • Complete comprehensive written material, reports and entries into client notes adhering to trust policy and general data protection regulations.
  • Demonstrate understanding of and adherence to whole service, trust and local team plans, policies and guidelines.
  • Maintain up to date and accurate clinical records on SystmOne in line with the Health and Care Professions Council and Royal College of Occupational Therapists professional standard
  • Policy and Service Development
    To adhere to policies and procedures that ensure compliance with best practice requirements in line with strategic policies and statutory obligations Risk Assessment, Care Management, Health and Safety and Infection Control and discharge planning.

    To establish effective working relationships with forensic and non-forensic community teams and other statutory, non-statutory and voluntary services.

    To be responsible for delivering clinical excellence within the occupational therapy element of the service.

    To manage and deliver excellent assessments that provide high standards of clinical intervention through effective treatment plans and discharges, by providing management and leadership.

    To ensure programmes of care meet the treatment needs of individuals throughout their stay with the team, including detailed arrangements for discharge, with the patient central to the planning and decision-making process.

    To implement and evaluate systems to monitor risk, suggesting improvements where required.
    Care Quality Assurance
    To ensure attendance at local Team and Clinical Review meetings

    To take part in audit processes as required and ensure that recommendations resulting from audits are implemented.

    To ensure occupational therapy practice is sensitive to the needs of an ethnically diverse population.

    To ensure clinical notes are maintained to the agreed standard at all times and that patients are appropriately assessed, care planned and discharged.

    To ensure that data is entered onto systems according to agreed guidelines and that data collection is prioritised at all times and that incomplete/inaccurate data submission is rectified without delay.
    Management of Resources
    To support the Service Manager in establishing an efficient working environment, making the most effective and efficient use of supplies, equipment and services.
    Human Resources Management
    To contribute to the induction of new staff into the HWBT and to supervise junior staff as requested.

    To attend clinical supervision, thus ensuring that a high standard of professional practice and good inter-disciplinary working is achieved.

    To understand your contribution to achieving successful client outcomes and performance targets for the service.

    To participate as a member of the Health and Wellbeing Team in developing, implementing & evaluating programmes of care using a problem-solving approach that ensures the needs of each individual patient are met.

    To participate in training to understand, and make optimum use of electronic systems (SystmOne) to plan and record service delivery.

    To ensure your own compliance with mandatory and statutory training and all other training needs are met.

    To ensure own continual professional development, keeping up to date with developments in nursing practice and participating in training programmes identified in an agreed Personal Development Plan.
    Communication and Liaison
    To ensure open channels of communication with both internal and external agencies and within the HC team to achieve a coordinated service to clients and their families.
    • To have and further develop a high level of interpersonal and communication skills to deal with a range of sensitive and emotive situations e.g. dealing with crisis situations.
    • To develop and maintain procedures which result in good communication within the service and across the locality and with external/partner agencies as required.

    To play an active part in a communication system that ensures the flow of information to and from relevant meetings and forums.

    To communicate complex and sometimes distressing information to service users and staff, ensuring information is correctly assimilated and understood, and support networks are identified and put into place as necessary.

    To ensure that all documentation is legible and written in accordance with organisational, professional and best practice guidelines.

    Person Specification



    • Degree or equivalent in Occupational Therapy
    • HPCP Registered Practitioner Occupational Therapist
    • Evidence of professional development since registration


    • Post registration qualification that enhances clinical work such as health promotion
    • Mentorship or supervisor qualification



    • Experience of working as part of a multi- disciplinary team
    • Experience of working with complex clients
    • Experience of running a group program
    • Experience of leading and /or developing a service/ component of a service


    • Experience of working in a Prison or forensic environment
    • Experience of working in Primary Care

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


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