Louise Jeffries

Louise Jeffries

Louise qualified in 1995 with a Bsc Hons Degree in Occupational Therapy, St. Andrew's School of Occupational Therapy. Since then Louise has worked predominantly within Medium Security, with some experience in acute psychiatry. Louise currently works at St. Andrew's Healthcare (Registered Charity), Northampton, in a medium secure unit, and specialises in working with men of a working age with complex mental health and occupational needs.

Louise started to implement the VdT Model of Creative Ability in to practice in 2011. Robinson ward, St.Andrews Healthcare was awarded a Centre of Excellence, for the use of the model in practice, in July, 2015 – 2019 by the VdTMoCA Foundation (UK). As part of this joint venture Louise has hosted twice yearly open days for occupational therapists and support staff from throughout the UK and presented at a range of conferences. Louise also contributes to specialist training on the use of the VdTMoCA for people with personality disorder. 

Louise joined the VdTMoCA Foundation (UK) in 2013 as Professional Development Director. Louise has remained dedicated to supporting and developing the VdTMoCA community and in July 2018 has taken on the Lead Director role.


Jeffries, L, Sherwood, W and Trott, S (2014) Putting the ‘O’ back into OT. OT news. March. p46-47.

Jeffries, L (2015) Healthcare assistants share their valuable perspectives on the benefits of the VdTMoCA. Participation, Vol 7, Part 1 (Apr). (Available to VdTMoCA Foundation UK members).

Jeffries, L (2017) The Interesting group. Participation. Vol 9, Part 1 (Mar). (Available to VdTMoCA Foundation UK members).

Jeffries, L (2018) Peer support – the benefits of a workplace VdTMoCA Support Group. Participation. Vol 10, Part 1 (Feb). (Available to VdTMoCA Foundation UK members).

Jeffries, L (2018) Integrating the APOM into RIO for an outcome driven service. Participation. Vol 10, Part 2 (Oct). (Available to VdTMoCA Foundation UK members).

Jeffries, L (2019) The Interesting Group. OT News. July 27(7), p48-50.


Jeffries, L (2013) Beautifully Disparate: from total destruction to a beautiful goose’ - Applying the VdTMoCA to a patient with complex personality disorder.  Presentation at the 3rd ICAN International VdT Model of Creative Ability Conference, London.            

Jeffries, L (2017) The VdT Model of Creative Ability. Rehabilitation & Recovery: New Approaches Cygnet Health conference, London.

Jeffries, L (2017) How does the VdT Model of Creative Ability inform occupational therapy intervention for people with impulsive behaviour in forensic settings? Presentation delivered at the 5th ICAN International VdT Model of Creative Ability Conference, London.

Jeffries, L (2019) Seclusion: The end of the road for occupational therapy or a new route with the Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability? Presentation delivered at the 6th International VdT Model of Creative Ability Conference, London.

Jeffries, L (2019) The Interesting Group. Workshop delivered at the 6th International VdT Model of Creative Ability Conference, London.

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  • Feb 09, 2020 by Tori

    Opportunities for networking

    In terms of ideas for the new website, does anyone have any ideas around creating opportunities for networking - particularly around interacting with clinicians working within a similar field of practice. We have opportunities for those within forensic services through the Special Interest Group (SIG) - however, I am just mindful of clinicians working other areas, or perhaps those working in isolation. 

    How could we create opportunities to interact remotely? 

    Look forward to hearing your thoughts. 

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  • Mar 25, 2020 by Tori


     Hi Lou, 
    Thank you for creating this discussion. Within the high/medium/low secure hospitals I work in, we have at present ceased all off ward activity and stopped all Section 17 Leave – which I imagine will cause frustration for those who have progressed to lengthy periods of either escorted/unescorted period of leave from the service. We have developed programmes that can be delivered at ward level, whilst still maintaining the principles of social distancing. I think the focus across all services at the moment is supporting the ward staff and maintaining some consistency for the service users.  We have circulated "easy read" documents for service users around information on COVID-19, detailing information on how to keep themselves safe and well, hygiene procedures and information to reduced anxiety. The staff have also distributed resources to promote ideas around self directed activities and visual materials around keeping occupied and engaged in meaningful activity whilst self isolating. In the MSU, the Therapy Staff have developed resources to be used on the wards to support service users in keeping busy and have completed a revised interest checklist document. 

     We have also circulated easy read letters to the patients to notify them of any treatment groups that have had to be postponed to help manage their expectations and reduce anxiety. 

     At the moment, everything seems to be changing frequently and there is a lot of uncertainty. However, it has been positive to see how supportive, creative, flexible and committed staff have been during this time. 

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