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Technical Instructor

Band 3

Main area
Occupational Therapy
Band 3
Part time - 18.75 hours per week
Job ref
HMP Pentonville
£24,938 - £26,385 per annum inclusive of inner London HCAS pro rata
Salary period
Today at 23:59
Interview date
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

Technical Instructor - Part time - 18.75 hours per week

An opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated Technical Instructor to support the work of the Occupational Therapists at HMP Pentonville. Pentonville is a large Category B remand prison serving the diverse population of North London. 

The OT team are part of a broader health and wellbeing team comprising OT’s, a speech and language therapist, psychology, primary care mental health, and substance misuse workers.  The post offers opportunity to work with a broad spectrum of individuals with complex health and social care needs,  including those with mental health and personality disorder, ADHD and autistic spectrum disorder, as well as those who have physical health needs.

Main duties of the job

There will be opportunity to provide input into a varied activity based group program as well as a psycho-education program.  The technical instructor will work alongside OTs to implement care plans as laid out by the OT team.

The post holder will receive regular individual supervision to support their practice, as well as opportunities to engage in reflective practice groups.  The team has a strong emphasis on support and training, with a regular internal program of training, as well as funding external providers for specialist needs. 

The successful candidate will be contributing to the teams efforts to build back services following the pandemic, ensuring high quality mental health services to meet the needs of those in prison as we emerge form lockdown.

 We cannot accept applications from those who do not hold a National insurance number to work in the UK due to prison vetting restrictions.

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

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Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Ability to work independently


Essential criteria
  • NVQ 3 equivalent experience and/or training.


Essential criteria
  • Experience of motivating people to attend sessions or take part in activities.
  • Experience of managing own time effectively to meet clinical and administrative tasks.
  • Experience of planning and running therapeutic groups and sessions.


Essential criteria
  • Effective skills in a range of activities e.g. computing, cooking, crafts, exercise, music.
  • Ability to sustain demands of working with potentially challenging client group
  • Ability to problem solve within own work
  • Ability to work as a team member, remaining adaptable to changing demands within the team
  • Effective communication skills within client group activities, supervision and team meetings; demonstrating a professional approach to relationships with staff and patients.
  • Effective skills in using supervision, which includes self-reflective skills around workload monitoring, personal development and performance appraisal.
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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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Deborah Murphy
Job title
Lead Occupational Therapist
Email address
Telephone number
020 7023 7368
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