Specialist Arts Therapist (art/music/drama/dance movement)

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Job summary

\An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated Dramatherapist/Music Therapist/Art Therapist/Dance Movement Psychotherapist, passionate about mental health, to work in an adult Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit in Hertfordshire. This part time post is based at our modern acute inpatient site in Radlett.

You will provide group and individual arts therapy (modality specific) assessment and treatment to service users experiencing acute episodes of mental ill health. You will be an integral member of the multidisciplinary team, contributing to multidisciplinary assessment and treatment, participating in team meetings and case discussions. You will work closely with the psychologist and occupational therapist in considering the therapeutic needs of the service users. Arts Therapies have been part of the unit's multidisciplinary team for over 10 years, and are highly appreciated by staff and service users.

You will be part of the wider arts therapies team in adult mental health, under the professional leadership of the Arts Therapies Professional Lead. You will develop relationships with the Arts Therapists working in the other acute units, and the community Arts Therapists to consider the needs of service users after discharge. Clinical supervision is provided in house.

You will have access to a trust wide internal arts therapies network and CPD programme, offering both skills sharing within the trust and external speakers.

Main duties of the job

  • Provide clinical assessment, group and individual interventions for service users who are experiencing acute mental health issues, in an inpatient Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) (male).
  • Provide expert opinion and assessment as part of the multi-disciplinary team
  • Provide clinical supervision to arts therapists and other staff where required
  • Lead on service innovation in agreement with manager and professional lead.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description

Job responsibilities

Provide assessment, group and individual Arts Therapy interventions (modality specific) for adult males with acute mental health needs

Clinical Responsibility

As a clinician, the post holder provides and evaluates assessment and treatment services with adults referred for acute and severe mental health problems including personality disorder and psychoses. They ascertain risk, needs and suitability for individual, group, other psychological therapies as a whole and specialist arts therapy, communicating with the whole range of other professionals involved.
  • As a senior specialist clinician, the post holder works jointly with professionals to deliver assessment and care consultation for the range of psychological therapies, provides individual and group arts therapy assessments and treatment, and care consultancy in complex cases.
  • Analyse and clarifies factors or risk e.g., self-harm, level of functioning, capacity to engage in therapeutic work, unmet needs, and support systems to determine the patients complex need and capacities to undertake the treatment mode.
  • To provide specialised assessment of service users referred for the range of therapies jointly with Psychology and Occupational Therapy to determine which service will meet their therapeutic needs.
  • To make decisions and recommendations regarding the treatment of service user with complex mental illnesses through investigative assessment processes and to use interpretive skills to understand complex behaviours and psychological function.
  • To plan, monitor and deliver specialised programmes of care for the treatment of service users experiencing acute and severe mental illness.
  • To provide arts therapies interventions, group or individual as appropriate, through sensitive and expert application of arts psychotherapeutic techniques to service users assessed as able to engage in therapeutic work. Standardised outcome measures and evidence-based practice interpretation is part of this.
  • To use skills to continually tailor and adapt interventions to the needs of the service users at any one time with the safety and wellbeing of the service users in mind.
  • To work to agreed activity standards including duration of intervention
  • To contain at time highly emotive and distressing clinical material (i.e. sexual abuse and other trauma). To enable the service user to disclose painful material to progress the course of treatment where appropriate and to help them manage the material at times when it may not be helpful to explore it at that time. To use specialist skills and experience to judge this.
  • To risk assess and manage challenging behaviour and distress and call on available support.
  • To use highly specialised skills and understanding to help service user in group and individual treatment, either brief or longer term, to disclose, process and resolve conflicts within themselves and with others.
  • To make referrals to/recommendations for arts or psychological therapy in the community or rehabilitation services where the service user would find this helpful and support a smooth transition.
  • To always protect and respect the confidentiality of all service users in-line with information governance.
  • To attend clinical supervision on a regular basis for reflection of clinical practice and professional development.
  • To attend managerial and professional supervision.

The above is just a small sample of the duties involved for a more indepth person and job description please read the attached before applying

Person Specification



  • M.A. (or equivalent) in either art therapy, dramatherapy, dance movement psychotherapy, music therapy or integrative arts psychotherapy.
  • Registered with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as an Arts Therapist (art/drama/music) or with the UKCP as a Dance Movement Psychotherapis
  • Good Honours degree in relevant subject


  • Training in clinical supervision



  • Relevant post qualifying professional experience
  • Experience of working in an inpatient setting
  • Experience of working with people with a range of mental health problems including: personality disorder, psychosis
  • Experience of working as an autonomous professional and developing a service
  • Experience of providing a range of therapeutic interventions including: assessment, inpatient and outpatient work, individual and group work, exploratory and supportive.

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