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Arts Therapist - INTERNAL

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
£44,398 to £50,807 per annum pro rata
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Part Time
The Older Adult Mental Health Directorate is looking for two arts therapists to play a key role in the development of arts therapy provision within the older adult psychology service. We are seeking internal applications for two 0.5 wte (5 sessions per week) Arts Therapies posts. These posts are funded on a fixed term basis by Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) until the end of March 2025. Applicants will need to demonstrate an interest in older adult issues and hold current HCPC registration in an arts therapy modality (Art Psychotherapist, Art Therapist, Dramatherapist, and/or Music Therapist)

The older adult clinical psychology service provides a range of evidenced based psychological therapies within the geographical area of Gwent, South Wales. The Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (ABUHB) serves the population of Gwent, South Wales and is located between Cardiff and Bristol. Many of our facilities are located close to the M4 corridor, yet areas of outstanding beauty and tranquillity are within easy reach. There are five boroughs, each with its own CMHT provision and comprising of secondary mental health services, memory assessment, and liaison/inpatient support practitioners.

The posts are fixed term until end of March 2025 and the post holder will be expected to travel to other hospital sites. Clinical supervision will be provided. Peer support via the wider psychology, counselling and arts therapies network is also available.

Main duties of the job


ABUHB have a long-standing commitment to arts therapies and recent funding allows us to provide further investment in this valuable service. The existing service consists of three 0.5 wte Band 7 arts therapists. Funding for two additional posts will extend provision to cover the whole of Gwent.

Service users present with a variety of diagnostic labels (both dementia and functional mental health) and typically present with complex/long-standing physical, social and psychological needs. Arts therapies provision is currently integrated within existing psychological therapies provision and designed to focus on four key domains:
  • The delivery of arts therapies (i.e., direct clinical work with identified individuals and groups of individuals)
  • Transition support (i.e., supporting transitions from inpatient to community settings)
  • Up-skilling and supporting colleagues and family's (i.e., training, supervision, consultation and carer support groups)
  • Supporting the development of person-centred care environments through reflective practice, supervision and collaboration on service design

Assessment and intervention is based on a holistic person-centred approach, which values the individual and seeks to engage staff/carers in creating supportive environments and implement a multi-component framework for the delivery of evidence-based support.

About us

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board is a multi-award winning NHS organisation with a passion for caring. The Health Board provides an exceptional workplace where you can feel trusted and valued. Whatever your specialty or stage in your career, we have opportunities for everyone to start, grow and build your career. The health board provides integrated acute, primary and community care serving a population of 650,000 and employing over 16,000 staff.

We offer a fantastic benefits package and extensive training and development opportunities with paid mandatory training, excellent in-house programmes, opportunities to complete recognised qualifications and professional career pathways including a range of management development programmes. We offer flexible working and promote a healthy work life balance, provide occupational health support and an ambitious plan for a Wellbeing Centre of Excellence to support you at work.

Our Clinical Futures strategy continues to enhance and promote care closer to home as well as high quality hospital care when needed. This includes the Grange University Hospital which provides specialist and critical care and is the newest addition to the clinical futures strategy opening in November 2020. Join us on our journey to pioneer new ways of working and deliver a world-class healthcare service fit for the future.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This post is fixed term for 18 months until 30th March 2025 due to funding.

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

The post holder
  • Will be expected to provide a service which will improve and maintain the emotional health of older adults, through a combination of highly specialist assessment, formulation of treatment programmes, clinical interventions and teaching.
  • Will work in collaboration with professional colleagues and voluntary agencies, to provide a specialist service for older adults.
  • Will contribute to the future development and planning of an arts therapies service which reflects the strategic planning of psychological services within Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.
  • Will provide advice, training and consultation pertaining to arts therapies to staff from other disciplines, carers or statutory bodies as required.
  • Will manage autonomously a complex case-load using person-centred and evidence-based principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions.
  • Will be responsible as required by line manager for organising the placement and supervision (clinical and/or non-clinical) of arts therapies students on placement within the service.
  • Will maintain HCPC registration as a condition of initial and continued employment.
  • Will undertake appropriate CPD, research and audit activity

The Aneurin Bevan University Health Board is proud to support staff to build and develop Welsh language skills.

We welcome applications from a broad group of qualified therapists. However, we are only able to shortlist candidates who can demonstrate that they possess the requisite professional registration and qualifications to practice as an arts therapist.

Person Specification

Qualifications and/or Knowledge


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Aptitude and Abilities


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Employer details

Employer name

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board


County Hospital, Ty Siriol Unit

Coed Y Gric Road



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