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Art/Drama/Music Therapist

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per Annum (Pro Rata for Part Time)
Closing date
6 Oct 2023

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We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic individual to join the Lookout Adolescent Inpatient Unit at Hopewood within Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

You would be joining a well-established regional inpatient service which comprises three wards (General Adolescent Unit, Specialist Eating Disorders Unit and Paediatric Intensive Care Unit). This is an excellent opportunity for an Art/drama/music therapy who is interested in developing their skills within CAMHS.

We have well-equipped therapy rooms, office space and support through managerial and clinical supervision. Professional links with other art/drama/music therapists and AHPs within CAMHS and the wider Trust are in place and you would have opportunities to engage with these groups for networking and CPD.

Main duties of the job

To provide specialised creative clinical input to CAMHS Tier 4 specialising in inpatient work and art, music or dance/drama/movement psychotherapy service, working as part of a Multi-Disciplinary Team and linking with the wider CAMHS Service. The post holder will work jointly with colleagues from all disciplines advising on, or providing, creative Psychotherapy interventions.

The Art/Music/Drama Therapist will be expected to work across the inpatient wards providing both group and individual sessions to young people determined through a process of assessment.

You will work with a large MDT who collectively contribute to the assessment and treatment process for all young people. There is an expectation for attendance at ward round, CPA meetings and formulation sessions.

There are opportunities to develop leadership skills and be involved in service development.

About us

Nottinghamshire Healthcare employs over 10,000 colleagues who help #MakeADifference every day. We provide intellectual disability, mental health, community health, forensic and offender healthcare services across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. Care is delivered from over 120 sites within the community from acute settings and across low, medium and high secure environments including prisons.

As one of the largest mental health and community trusts in the East Midlands and one of the biggest employers in Nottinghamshire. We are also home to national and regional services such as the National High Secure Deaf Service and the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health.

We are committed to flexible and agile working, including the opportunity to join our bank.

Your health and wellbeing is our priority and as such we invest significantly in this via our in-house Occupational Health Service, Staff Counselling Service and Health and Wellbeing Team.

We offer a number of employee-led staff networks, including Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) groups, our Green Champions Network, Freedom to Speak Up Network. Health and Wellbeing Champions Network and Menopause Champions. We provide care to a diverse range of communities and are passionate about supporting diversity and inclusion in the Trust.

If you believe in our values of Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork, then we would love to hear from you!


Job description

Job responsibilities

Providing and receiving highly complex, sensitive or contentious information

Excellent communication skills with patients, their families (of choice), peers and others

Caring and emphatic approach with well-developed motivational/persuasive skills

Advises the inpatient service manager on any profession-specific issues or developments that may impact on arts psychotherapy provision/wider service.

Provides professional leadership on Art/Music/Drama Psychotherapy.

Ensures that the services provided are delivered in a culturally competent manner within Art/drama/music therapy.

To plan and provide an Art/Drama/Music Therapy service for the Relevant CAMHS Team.

To receive and assess referrals for treatment appropriate to Art/drama/music therapy from the Relevant CAMHS Team.

To carry out assessments and provide Art/drama/music therapy for individuals and groups, for children, adolescents and their families with complex, severe and enduring mental health problems and to regularly evaluate the therapy. This will include the responsibility for prioritising treatment based on the relevant CAMHS Team criteria, to deliver an effective and equitable service, within available resources, and liaison with other arts psychotherapists in CAMHS in order to provide a wider range of arts psychotherapies, if appropriate.

To provide specialist Art/drama/music therapy individual and/or group sessions using advanced levels of skill, as the primary intervention, or as part of patients treatment programmes. To create and develop specific art/drama/music therapies practices relevant to this area of practice including attachment, communication and development disorders, and childhood trauma, mood and behavioural disorders.

To adapt and deliver models of art/drama/music therapy practice congruent with the treatment approach of patients specific care plans, and team philosophy.

To plan and organise training and education for students and staff and be part of the induction of others re the art/drama/music therapies.

To work as an autonomous practitioner and as a member of a Multidisciplinary Team.

To provide consultation, clinical and reflective supervision for other practitioners, therapists and students where appropriate and clinical supervision to members of other professions as and when required.

Manages budget for maintaining art/drama/music therapy service and other use of arts equipment & materials by MDT

Manages safety overview of materials and equipment under control of the art/drama/music therapist.

Implements policies and procedures or changes to working practices for own work area.

Participates in the development and implementation of evidence based effective practices in the service including NICE guidance.

Person Specification



  • Qualified and experienced clinician
  • Demonstrate continued commitment to learning relevant to the role


  • Experience of working with young people/CAMHS Experience/Experience of working in mental health services



  • Able to demonstrate relevant skills relating to the role
  • Demonstrates session planning and delivery skills relevant to the inpatient population//individual.
  • Demonstrates effective communication skills including ability to work as part of an MDT
  • Demonstrates leadership skills relevant to the role e.g. leading on complex discussions


  • Demonstrating skills related to working with young people/young people experiencing mental health difficulties.



  • Effectively demonstrates knowledge of the role relating to the service
  • Demonstrates knowledge relevant to the role which evidences assess and provide treatment through art/music/drama therapy approaches


  • Has worked with young people experiencing mental health problems and knowledge in this area effectively demonstrated

Values and Behavours


  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate that they act in line with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Values: Trust Honesty Respect Compassion Teamwork
  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and how it applies to their role. The Trust's expectations are highlighted within our EDI Policy, and associated EDI and Human Rights legislation

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust



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