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Occupational Therapist

Band 7

Main area
Occupational Therapy
Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
HMP Grendon
£41,902 - £47,684 per annum inclusive of fringe HCAS
Salary period
05/12/2021 23:59
Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH) provides healthcare services locally, regionally and nationally. We serve a population of 1.2 million, employ more than 3,300 staff, and operate from over 20 main sites in the community. As a multiple award winning Trust we provide mental health services for young people, adults and older people, and have a full range of child and adult community health services in Enfield. Our North London Forensic Service treats and cares for people in the criminal justice system who have mental health conditions. We also provide one of the largest eating disorders services in England, as well as drug and alcohol services, and mental health liaison services at Barnet Hospital and the North Middlesex University Hospital.

Job overview

The post-holder will be part of a multi-disciplinary team delivering a therapeutic regime to residents at HMP Grendon Therapeutic Community.  HMP Grendon is the only prison in the country comprised solely of therapeutic communities. The post holder will be based on a therapeutic community for 20 residents with mild learning disability and personality disorder.  The post holder will work closely with the multi-disciplinary Team and relevant outside agencies, as well as with OT colleagues in other establishments to provide a quality service, which is responsive to clients’ needs. The post holder will be responsible for developing directorate policies and philosophies of care, and implementing national guidance into clinical practice. The post involves leading on relevant service development and strategic planning and linking in with external agencies.

Main duties of the job

  • Provide meaningful and purposeful activity and reduce the impact of occupational deprivation on residents
  • To co-facilitate with other professionals small therapy groups
  • Assessment of residents performance in activities
  • To improve residents performance in activities (leisure, self-care, productivity) by either developing skills or adapting and grading activity to meet their needs
  • To adapt and grade all areas of the TC+ program to meet individual learning styles.

Working for our organisation

BEHMHT is a multiple award-winning, combined mental health (MH) and community Trust providing local, regional and national healthcare services. We are one of the largest employers in North London with over 3000 staff delivering a range of mental health and community services to a population of over one million. In Enfield, we provide a full range of child and adult community health services, which over the last few years has been integrating with its mental health services to provide better and more holistic care. BEH manages the renowned North London Forensic Services (NLFS) which delivers MH care across some of the prisons and provides MH services as HM Young Offenders Institutions in Aylesbury. We are rated as 'Outstanding' by the CQC. We have also been appointed as the lead provider of forensic mental health services across North London managing the devolved New Models of care budget of £170m from 2018/19.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

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

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Dip. COT or BSc O.T. and Current State Registered O.T.


Essential criteria
  • Minimum 4 years relevant clinical postgraduate experience in Occupational Therapy, including working with people with Learning disabilities and mental health problems in particular psychosis, depression, personality disorders, and dual diagnosis.
  • Experienced planner and facilitator delivering treatment sessions on a group or individual basis including.
  • Experience of planning, monitoring and evaluating therapy programmes to ensure the most effective use of clinical priorities.
  • Experience in the use of the Model of Human Occupation, MOHOST and other standardised assessments.
  • Experience of supervision and appraisal of junior staff.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience working in a therapy team in a specialist service with an explicit focus on risk management (e.g. Prison, Forensic mental health, secure children’s homes).


Essential criteria
  • Effective personal management skills, including excellent time management and the ability to prioritise, delegate and problem solve.
  • Ability to incorporate risk assessment into service delivery.
  • Able to formally and informally teach and advice staff and students in the service on aspects of mental health and occupational therapy practice.
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of ability to meet performance deadlines and support to ensure other meet deadlines.
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Reginald Massaquoi
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Team Manager
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