Senior Occupational Therapist

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£40,448 to £47,965 a year Inclusive of Inner London HCAS rate
Closing date
2 Apr 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and motivated Band 6 Occupational Therapist to join our innovative and dynamic therapy team at HMP Wormwood Scrubs.

The post is based within the Daycare Service which is an integral part of the overall healthcare provision in the prison. The Daycare service caters for prisoners from across the establishment who are in a mental health crisis and is aligned to the inpatient and in-reach services.

The postholder will work alongside the Lead OT in developing and reviewing the Day Centre programme to ensure that it meets the changing needs of the prison population. You will take a lead on the provision of input into the therapeutic group work programme within the day centre, co-facilitating psycho-ed groups with members of the psychology team, overseeing the work of specialist sessional workers providing creative activities, and the development and running of OT specific groups with support from the Wellbeing Centre manager.

Main duties of the job

You will have a keyworking role to a designated caseload within the day Centre and take on a role as deputy to the team manager with a significant guiding and leading the daily work of the team. You will work closely with the Multi-Disciplinary Team and relevant outside agencies, as well as with OT colleagues to provide a quality service, which is responsive to clients needs.

Successful candidates will have strong engagement and motivation skills and be able to work well with service users with complex mental health needs and a forensic / offending history. A working knowledge of the occupational therapy process applied to the Model of Human Occupation and Occupational Deprivation research are also essential.

You can expect:
  • A strong, progressive and supportive OT team
  • Preceptorship for newly qualified occupational therapists
  • Regular managerial and professional supervision
  • A commitment to evidence based practice
  • Excellent opportunities for professional development

About us

North London Forensic Service (NLFS) has been rated as OUTSTANDING again by the Care Quality Commission, and part of this is our dedicated and skilled staff team who have a number of development opportunities open to them across a varied number of innovative services within the criminal justice pathway.

We are excited that our prison services are transforming in partnership with other healthcare providers across our BEH London Prisons and are looking for candidates who are interested in working in prison mental health to come and work with us in our Mental Health Hub. This role includes working across Early Days in Custody, Planned Care, Unscheduled (Crisis Care) and Release and Transfer.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please kindly refer to the attached job description and person specification for more details by clicking on the link attached.

Person Specification EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • Dip. COT, BSc O.T.
  • Current Health Professions Council Occupational Therapy registration.
  • Evidence of CPD/Reflectiv e practice in application to clinical setting ? e.g. identification of learning and skills developed from clinical practice and evidence of engaging in training and professional development.
  • Masters or post graduate papers in relevant area.
  • Further relevant courses or areas of study.
  • AMPS trained and calibrated.
  • Either: postgraduate clinical experience as an Occupational Therapist, which includes at least 1 year's experience of working with people with mental health problems or postgraduate clinical experience as an Occupational Therapist in a forensic setting.
  • Experience of planning and running a range of therapeutic groups.
  • Experience working with young people and or in CAMHS.
  • Experience in supervising and appraising junior staff and students.
  • Effective verbal communicatio n skills to include presentation of O.T. information to MD team.
  • Effective written communicatio n skills to include assessment and treatment documentation and formal O.T. reports for MD team and outside agencies.
  • Experience of presenting at local, regional or national conferences/seminars/ workshops etc.
  • Experience in promoting and/or contributing to formal education of OT students e.g. workshops, presenting at open days etc.
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable to manage fluctuating work demands.
  • Aware of own limitations and needs and ability to seeks advice and support appropriately.
  • Experience in promoting service user involvement.
  • Ability and motivation to network with a range of relevant colleagues regionally and nationally to contribute to personal and service wide professional development.

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