Highly Specialist CAMHS Creative Arts Therapist

West London NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pa plus HCAS
Closing date
5 Jan 2024

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Responsible to: Associate Director for CAMHS and Associate Director for AHPs via the CAMHS Head of Allied Health Professionals

12 month fixed term contract/secondment

Key relationships

Internal: Clinical and managerial leads across a vast array of Tier 2 & 3 CAMHS services (including MHSTs and Crisis services), AHPs across CAMHS, Clinical Practice Development Professional(s), Heads of Discipline, Transformation team.

External: AHPs working in CAMHS services, Community Paediatric Services

Job summary

The CAMHS Head of Creative Therapies will work alongside the CAMHS Head of AHPs and take the lead in the development and expansion of the Creative Therapies offer within CAMHS, including the expansion of trainee placements and specialist clinical consultation and intervention.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide training on the role of Creative Therapies within CAMHS.
  • To gain an understanding of the development and training needs of Creative Therapists coming into CAMHS.
  • To work collaboratively with the Clinical Practice Development Programme to support new Creative Therapists coming into post including specific training and development needs.
  • To build relationships between CAMHS and external partners to understand the current challenges and role boundaries.
  • To collaborate with the Trust AHP Education Lead and Practise Educators to increase the provision of Creative Therapy trainee placements within CAMHS.
  • To create a network with other CAMHS Creative Therapists allowing for sharing of best practise and innovation.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of NHS mental and physical care in the UK. We have a variety of services across many specialties, making us the perfect place for your continued development and career pathway.

West London CAMHS are excited to explore the development of an AHP workforce, creating teams with a variety and skill mix to compliment the current offer. I am looking for a candidate with a strong professional identity and an interest in considering the core skills that a Creative Therapist will bring to CAMHS and how these roles could be developed and integrated within the wider service.

Creative Therapy is essential and valued across the Trust and we are committed to providing ongoing support, professional development and guidance throughout your time with us. Ably led by our Trust Wide Allied Health Professionals Lead and strong senior AHP leaders, we have created an AHP Strategy which reflects our forward thinking, creative and diverse AHP

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see our Candidate information pack for a comprehensive job description and person specification for this role.

If you have any enquiries about the post, please do get in touch with Leah Madnick, Head of AHPs in CAMHS West London at leah.madnick@westlondon.nhs.uk

Person Specification



  • Clinical qualification as a Creative Therapist (Art Therapist, Music therapist, Dance Movement Therapist, Drama Therapist)
  • Current registration with the HCPC
  • Management/Leadership training
  • vidence of post qualifying continuing professional development.


  • Master's Degree



  • Significant experience of working in a variety of mental health settings.
  • Experience of working with children and young people
  • Practise Educator training and experience of supporting students.
  • Experience of planning and delivering projects on time.
  • Experience of building productive working relationships with stakeholders and working with senior colleagues.
  • Experience of working autonomously within an unpredictable environment.
  • Experience of bringing together people to work creatively and collaboratively towards a goal.
  • Experience of assessing risk and formulating safe and effective risk management plans
  • Experience of managing and supervising others in a clinical and performance management context including appraisals
  • Experience of developing operational protocols
  • Experience of teaching other professionals
  • Experience of delivering training to colleagues


  • Experience of working in CAMHS



  • An understanding of current complexities within the NHS, in particular in relation to provision of mental health services to children and young people.
  • An understanding of change management, quality improvement and strategic planning.
  • Competence with using excel to record and analyse data.
  • Awareness and understanding of the healthcare landscape in North West London.

Core Competencies


  • Assessment of risk/safeguarding: Understands the need for and able to competently assess risk
  • Understands individual and service safeguarding responsibilities, policy and procedure
  • Understands the elements of effective engagement and can apply these to working practice
  • Demonstrates excellent written and verbal communication
  • Able to foster strong therapeutic alliances
  • Understanding of and commitment to the principles and practices of evidence based interventions
  • Understanding of and commitment to service user involvement, patient led care and choice
  • Understands the need to engage with parents, families and carers when considering the needs of the CYP within the context of CAMHS services and development of new roles.
  • Understands the importance of assessment and intervention that explores and considers individual cultural identity and associated support needs.
  • Experience of providing consultation and liaison support to colleagues, referral agencies and services responsible for the care, support and wellbeing of service users and their families/carers
  • Able to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team, actively engaging in and providing peer support, training and skills development
  • Able to build strong partnerships with external agencies and develop
  • Able to confidently and safely plan for and manage change and transition
  • Actively uses supervision and opportunities for development of skills



  • Excellent people management skills and leadership qualities.
  • Innovative / strategic thinker.
  • Understanding of partnership working and interrelationships of key stakeholders.
  • Commitment to patient / user focus and engagement
  • Experience of creating and giving presentations to a varied group of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to prioritise own work and manage competing demands.
  • Able to work on own initiative, in a proactive manner, with a high level of autonomy.
  • Able to provide specialist advice and engage appropriately with senior stakeholders. Excellent presentation and training skills

Other Requirements


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organisational skills with the ability to prioritise own
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently.
  • ility to adapt working to changing programme requirements.
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Ability to work across organisations, building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Tenacious.
  • Ability to sustain energy and enthusiasm towards a programme of work.

Employer details

Employer name

West London NHS Trust


Ealing CAMHS

CAMHS Skill Mix development



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