Tori Wolfendale

Tori Wolfendale

Tori Wolfendale MSc, BSc (Hons) is a Lead Occupational Therapist and has worked in forensic mental health since qualifying in 2013. She has worked predominantly in medium and high secure services, working on a high dependency ward in Broadmoor Hospital since 2015. Tori was trained in the VdTMoCA and APOM in 2016 and has since been a key member within her team in implementing the VdTMoCA as the primary model of practice in the High Secure Environment. Since March 2019,Tori is the Lead Occupational Therapist for the Secure Division at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Tori is passionate about the model and is keen to complete research initiatives focusing on the effectiveness of the model, particularly focused on the use of the APOM as an outcome measure in forensic mental health settings with service users with a diagnosis of personality disorder. She is also due to be involved in a joint research study between the University of Southampton, the Foundation and Broadmoor Hospital, which will aim to explore Occupational Therapy Students' practice placement experiences of the VdTMoCA. 

Tori is the Research Officer for the Foundation. This role includes supporting others to engage in research activities on the VdTMoCA and maintaining a database of completed research and research in progress.

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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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