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Occupational Therapist - Mental Health HMP Woodhill

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum (pro rata if P/T)
Closing date
23 Apr 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

  • To work as an independent OT practitioner with men in prison presenting with complex and challenging needs who attend the Mental Health Day Unit.
  • To work within a multi-disciplinary team to provide a comprehensive service to men presenting with challenging behavior and traits and/or diagnosis of Personality Disorder.
  • To lead on the planning, delivery and implementation of Occupational Therapy provision for the Mental Health Day Unit.
  • To apply a high level of understanding of the impact of mental and physical health conditions providing training and advice on lifestyle changes & adaptation.
  • To work with the Clinical Lead to continue to develop and deliver and design a comprehensive OT Service including assessment, intervention and evaluation which is underpinned by an evidence base and personal recovery principles.

Main duties of the job

To provide specialist, culturally appropriate, evidence based occupational therapy assessments for individuals within the prison setting in order to establish and meet their occupational needs.

To select and use validated standardised assessment tools routinely and in practice, exhibiting clinical reasoning skills to include the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) assessments.

To apply clinical knowledge and skills to carry out evidence based occupational therapy interventions, both individual and in groups, which are underpinned by relevant theoretical approaches.

To plan, implement and review individually tailored programmes of intervention using individual and group work approaches with prisoners within Mental Health Day Unit. To support service users and colleagues to ensure that care plans are developed in partnership with the individual and that they reflect 'recovery goals'. These should be strengths-based and oriented towards reinforcing a positive identity and developing valued social roles

To monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions against clear aims, objectives and outcome measures in line with evidence-based practice and in conjunction with service users, carers and other professionals. To work collaboratively with all professionals within the Mental Health Day unit in developing care plans and risk assessments for prisoners.

About us

We're passionate about delivering first-class patient-centred, safe and effective care, whether it is in a hospital setting, in a community clinic or in the patient's own home. Patients are at the heart of everything we do.Providing top quality care depends on our ability to employ the best people.

We're always looking to recruit outstanding people who will go the extra mile to support our patients, colleagues, teams and the Trust. With every new employee we're hoping to find our future leaders and we'll support our staff by providing opportunities to develop your career.With a diverse culture and equally diverse range of opportunities across mental health, community services, addictions, eating disorders, learning disabilities and more - whatever stage of your career you're at, there's always a place for you at CNWL.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To demonstrate excellent communication skills and form positive therapeutic relationships using warmth and empathy which enable service user empowerment.
  • To establish and maintain effective communication networks with service users, with complex learning, emotional and behavioural needs, prison colleagues and external agencies in order to ensure a comprehensive and consistent approach to client care.
  • To provide and receive highly complex, sensitive, condition related or distressing/unwelcome information to service users and professionals demonstrating empathy and reassurance.
  • To demonstrate skills and resourcefulness in communication when barriers to understanding are present, including utilising interpreting resources.
  • To promote the added value of the role of OT within the prison setting to service users, the MDT (within the prison and the Trust) and other agencies.
  • To actively participate and provide appropriate clinical feedback in MDT clinical meetings, risk management planning, case conferences, SUI Reviews and any other service development initiatives.
  • To develop and maintain robust partnership working with other OTs and other statutory and non-statutory providers.
  • To confidentially handle and liaise regarding sensitive issues and information with other services such as HM Prison Service and local authorities.
  • To attend and contribute to Team clinical and business meetings.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • oHPCP Registered Practitioner Occupational Therapist
  • oMentorship or supervisor qualification
  • oEvidence of professional development since registration


  • oPost registration qualification that enhances clinical work: CBT, DBT, Dual Diagnosis, etc.
  • oMentorship or Supervision qualification

Previous Experience


  • oSubstantial post registration experience
  • oExperience of leading and /or developing a service/ component of a service
  • oExperience of running a group program
  • oExperience of working with complex clients
  • oExperience of working as part of a multi- disciplinary team


  • oExperience of working in a Prison or forensic environment

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


HMP Woodhill

Tattenhoe Street

Milton Keynes


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