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Arts Therapist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
8 Oct 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Senior Schools CAMHS Practitioner (with responsibility for children who are excluded or at risk of being excluded)

Arts Therapist (Responsible for Children who are excluded/at risk of exclusion)

(Arts Therapist - Band 7 1.0 WTE Permanent)

Are you ready for an exciting and varied career change? If so, our Mental Health Support Team's (MHST) are looking for you! We are looking for an experienced children's Art Therapists to join our Dunstable MHST. You will be part of a vibrant expanding workforce that is committed to close collaborative working across our local schools.

Main duties of the job

This is a community-based post and will be part of the wider School CAMHS Access Service, with the broader service offering an early intervention service to schools across the whole locality. This post is designed specifically to work alongside, and support the mental health needs of children and young people who CAMHs professionals struggle to engage with, due to significant conduct related difficulties such as exclusion from mainstream schooling, anti-social and/or offending behaviour, safeguarding issues and conduct disorder. The service will be delivered through Special schools and mainstream schools within Central Bedfordshire. The post-holder will provide comprehensive psychosocial assessments and individual and group therapeutic interventions using models such as NVR and multi-family groups, as well as staff training and consultation.

The service provides a holistic Thrive model of care, with the CAMH CAS offering the first two quadrants, Giving Advice and Getting Help, and where necessary, stepping up into our multi-disciplinary Getting More Help and Risk Management services.

About us

To support you in this role, you will receiveregular, separate clinical and management supervision sessions, access to a variety of CPD sessions, and annual performance appraisals.The work of the teamis managed and supervised by the Schools Pathway Team Operational Lead which is strongly supported by our experienced CAS Clinical Lead and Lead for Psychological Therapies whom is involved in all aspects of professional and service development.

You will join a Trust with an amazing track record of arts therapies development, research and support. ELFT have over 75 arts therapists contributing into all of our care pathways. There are excellent opportunities for support including a specific Trust wide arts therapies CPD programme and supervision support.

?The Senior Management Team within Bedfordshire & Luton CAMHS is committed to staff development and wellbeing: there are regular opportunities for staff to apply for appropriate training courses, including IAPT, and to get involved in quality improvement initiatives and new developments in the service. The East London NHS Trust prioritizes staff wellbeing and we are introducing a range of staff wellbeing initiatives to support this.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This post is based in Dunstable, close to the M1 and easily reached by car from North London, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire. The clinic also has the added benefit of free parking. The post holder will need to work and travel within schools across Central Bedfordshire, as required, so it is essential they have the means to do this.

For further information or to arrange an informal visit, please call our clinic on 01582 707635 and speak to:Laura Gill, Systemic Family Therapist, Operational Lead Schools CAMHS Access Service.

For further information please contact:

Laura Gill

Systemic Family Psychotherapist/Operational Lead for Dunstable MHST/SCAS

01582 707635

Person Specification



  • Degree in relevant area
  • MA or equivalent in Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Drama Therapy and or Dance Movement Psychotherapy
  • Registration with the HCPC for Art Therapy, Music therapy or Drama therapy


  • Clinical Supervision Training
  • CBT Training



  • Previous experience of working in a relevant Mental health setting with Young people
  • Experience of working with a wide range of mental health problems commonly seen in CAMHS
  • Experience of working with conduct related issues
  • Experience of working with Social services in context of safeguarding concerns


  • Delivery of parenting programmes - WebsterStratton, Triple P, NVR etc. D
  • Previous experience working with schools in mental health capacity
  • Supervision of clinicians



  • Evidence of well developed clinical skills and knowledge in CAMHS
  • Specialist clinical skills within in specific therapeutic modalities
  • Ability to develop contextualised formulations
  • Basic computer skills



  • A high degree of self-awareness and an ability to reflect on personal and professional attitudes and accept feedback
  • Awareness of current national guidelines and policies in the field of CAMHS
  • Specific knowledge of pertinent issues for CAMHS
  • In depth knowledge of CAMHS issues including assessment and interventions

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


Beech Close Resource Centre

Beech Close



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