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Occupational Therapist - Band 5

Band 5

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Band 5
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
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Chase Farm Hospital - Forensic OT
£24,907 - £30,615 per annum + outer London HCAS
Salary period
12/08/2020 23:59

Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust is a multiple award-winning, combined mental health 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), rated as 'Outstanding' by the CQC. This service treats and cares for people within the criminal justice system who have mental health conditions. 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. NLFS delivers mental health care across some of the prisons and provides mental health services as HM Young Offenders Institutions in Aylesbury.

We also provide one of the largest eating disorder services in England, as well as drug and alcohol services and mental health liaison services in North Middlesex University Hospitals Trust.

Our values and quality improvement are at the heart of everything we do, please consider joining us.​


Occupational Therapist - Band 5

Would you like to work in a large, supportive Occupational Therapy Department with lots of opportunities and support?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and motivated Band 5 Occupational Therapist to join our innovative and dynamic team at the North London Forensic Service (NLFS).

The occupational therapy team is a large department and has ever expanding opportunities for learning and career development. To support all members of our team, we offer:

- In-house OT induction training

- Weekly OT department meetings; these include business meetings, presentations, case discussions, peer support opportunity

- Offer a buddy system for new starters

- Band 5 peer support group monthly

- Preceptorship

- Access learning events such as academic seminars

- Fortnightly supervision

- External training opportunities available, e.g. sensory

The service provides comprehensive mental health rehabilitation to a mainly male adult population within medium and low security for service users who present with complex mental health needs and a forensic / offending history. The post holder would manage a defined caseload on a forensic ward, working alongside a robust multi-disciplinary team. Team working is an essential part of this role, not only on the wards, but when supporting service users in accessing the community as part of their recovery.

The OT role focusses on functional daily living skills, establishing structured routines and managing specific mental health and risk issues. The OT process includes the assessment, goal and intervention planning and on-going review of occupational needs. Interventions may include referring to in-house and external vocational and educational services, one to one and ward based interventions, and supporting community integration as part of their recovery journey.

The NLFS is part of a much larger service, which provides staff with career development and learning opportunities. Services include: The Learning Disability Pathway, Women’s services, Forensic CHOICES Community Hub and Healthcare provision within prison services.

Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust wishes to encourage people who have experienced mental health problems to apply for any post within the Trust for which they meet the person specification. The Trust is committed to flexible working and wherever possible will endeavour to accommodate requests for specific working patterns taking into account service needs.


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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 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

Laura Voyce
Job title
Occupational Therapist
Email address
Telephone number
020 8702 6095
Additional information

Nisha Patel

020 8702 6095

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