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Technical Instructor

Band 3

Main area
Mental Health
Band 3
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
OT Older People Enfield
£24,228 - £25,675 Inc Outer London HCAS
Salary period
02/12/2021 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

We are looking for 2 highly motivated, enthusiastic and experienced Band 3 Occupational Therapy Technical Instructors to work as part of the in - patient therapy team based at Chase Farm Hospital and across the 3 older adults mental health wards.  The successful candidates should have excellent communication skills and good organisational skills. They will be expected to work evenings and weekends. Working pattern weekdays 1pm- 9pm and weekends 8.30am – 4.30pm with 2 days off during the week.


Main duties of the job

The main duties of the job include (as guided by the ward OT / supervisor / Therapy lead).

  • Facilitate a variety of group activities i.e. cooking. This can also consist of functional sessions.
  • Facilitate one to one intervention.
  • Facilitate functional assessments as guided by the ward OT.
  • Accompany the ward OT on home visits / community access.
  • Have regular supervision & annual appraisal.
  • Complete TI competencies during the 6-month probational period.
  • Contribute to client care by liaising with the MDT.

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 can you refer to the attached Job description and Person Specification for main responsibilities of the role.

Person specification

Previous Experience

Essential criteria
  • 2½ years relevant experience of working with older people and/ or people with mental health problems within a health or social care setting
  • and/or a relevant qualification applicable to clinical area/ duties of the post eg. NVQ 3, Higher National Certificate ( HNC ), BTEC National Diploma, City and Guilds Teaching Qualification or equivalent

Skills and Aptitudes

Essential criteria
  • Effective skills in a range of activities Eg. gardening, art, cooking, crafts, reminiscence, exercise, music, relaxation
  • Ability to plan and lead practical and discussion groups independently.

Knowledge/Awareness/ Understanding

Essential criteria
  • A basic knowledge of Occupational Therapy.
  • A basic knowledge of mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, psychosis and dementia.


Essential criteria
  • NVQ 3, Higher National Certificate ( HNC ), BTEC National Diploma, City and Guilds Teaching Qualification or equivalent experience and/or training

Other Essential Factors

Essential criteria
  • Professional manner towards clients and colleagues.
  • Ability to be flexible within own work and team.
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Applicant requirements

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.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Amanda Gerrard
Job title
Patient Therapy Lead
Email address
Telephone number
020 8702 4257
Additional information

If you are interested in applying for this position and would like more information or would like to visit then please contact Amanda Gerrard on 0208 702 4257 or


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