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Joint Head of Learning Disability Arts Therapies

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
£51,706 to £58,210 per annum
Closing date
26 Apr 2024
We are delighted to invite applications for Joint Head of Learning Disability Arts Therapies. The post is fixed-term until March 2025. This is an exciting opportunity to lead a thriving Arts Therapies department who support adults with a learning disability.

You will join a team of Arts Therapists representing all modalities and will work alongside the substantive Head of Arts Therapies as part of a welcoming and resilient team. The role shares leadership responsibility for delivering person-centred, evidence-based psychotherapeutic services across Gwent within a framework of ABUHB clinical governance. The post-holder will contribute to the Learning Disability Directorate strategic priorities and evolve the service through service development initiatives.

The post holder must have significant post-qualification experience of working with adults with a learning disability, demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively with others, have compassionate leadership skills and an ability to think systemically.

We have a reputation for achieving the highest standards of compassionate, person centred care for adults with a learning disability. In this context you will you receive high quality professional leadership support and clinical supervision to support your practice and development.

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

Main duties of the job

The Head of LD Arts Therapies manages and is professionally responsible for the LD Arts Therapies Services, based in the Learning Disability Psychological Services Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. The post holder will:
  • Be responsible for safe, effective, equitable and timely provision of pan-Gwent Arts psychotherapeutic services to adults with a learning disability, in accordance with the standards and codes of practice of the British Association for Music Therapists (BAMT), the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT), the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADTH), the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and within the framework of ABUHB clinical governance.
  • Work collaboratively with all LDD teams, services and stakeholders in matters relating to performance agenda affecting arts therapies.
  • Lead compassionately on implementation of highly specialist person-centered treatment models for people with complex behaviours that challenge and/or mental health difficulties.
  • Undertake a lead role in promoting reflective practice with staff groups and professionals, including provision of supervision, formulation, debriefing, and team facilitation as required.
  • Promote core activities of Arts therapies in teaching, training, consultation, research and audit, evaluation, service development and service planning.
  • Be an active participant of LDD Psychological Services and Senior Leadership team.

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. 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/secondment until 31st March 2025 to meet the needs of the service. If you are interested in applying for the secondment position, you must obtain permission from your current line manager prior to applying for this post.

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.

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  • Will provide day-to-day operational and strategic management to staff within the LD Arts Therapies Service, including authorising travel claims and annual leave requests.
  • Will be responsible for the professional practice and standards of all Arts Therapists, Arts Therapies Specialist Support Workers, trainee Arts Therapists and volunteers on placement within the service.
  • Will be responsible for the development, organisation and on-going review of the Arts therapies needs of adults with a learning disability and advising the Joint heads of Learning Disability Psychological Services, LDD Clinical Director and ABUHB Joint heads of Psychology, Counselling and Arts Therapies on appropriate provision to meet these needs.
  • Lead on strategic development of the Arts Therapies/Psychotherapies ensuring this is consistent with the overall Learning Disability service through attendance at appropriate planning meetings within the Learning Disability Directorate.
  • Will work with the Joint Heads of Psychological Services in the development of psychotherapeutic approaches for people with learning disabilities.
  • Will contribute to, and participate in, working parties proposing service changes within Learning Disability services, providing advice around the Arts Therapies.
  • Will manage autonomously a complex case-load using person centred and evidence based principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions.
  • Will be responsible for overseeing the placement and supervision (clinical and/or non-clinical) of students and volunteers working within the Arts therapies department.
  • Will provide training and guidance pertaining to the Arts Therapies to other professionals and statutory bodies as required

Person Specification



  • Honors Degree in relevant subject
  • Full membership of Professional Association (BAMT, BAAT, BADTH)
  • MA (or equivalent) in Art, Music or Dramatherapy, accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council



  • Registration with HCPC
  • Training in clinical supervision
  • Significant post qualification Clinical experience, including substantial experience within Learning Disability services
  • Experience of collaborative working with other disciplines and primary care agencies.


  • Training in management and leadership
  • Experience of contributing to the profession within a wider arena

Aptitude and Abilities


  • An advanced level of expertise in all areas of clinical practice relevant to learning disabilities e.g. challenging behaviour, autistic spectrum disorder and mental health needs
  • Ability to understand the highly complex and conflicting messages from service users and organize this in a way that allows them to guide the service user and carer through a complex process of change. To be able to do this even when the service user is highly distressed, there is a highly charged atmosphere, and/or when the service user is expressing high levels of anger
  • Ability to plan and organize complex activities or programmes, which may be service or client focused, and may have long-term implications requiring ongoing monitoring and adjustment
  • Ability to provide direction through supervision, teaching and training to other therapists, disciplines and agencies
  • Has a good grasp of the main Professional Issues affecting the Arts Therapies/Psychotherapies in the NHS and is familiar with key Strategy documents relevant to learning disability services
  • Demonstrates compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment
  • Ability to be independently mobile to meet the requirements of the post


  • Able to develop proposals for service developments.
  • A team player who relates well to people.

Employer details

Employer name

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board


Alders House Llanfrechfa Grange Hospital

Caerleon Road


NP44 8YN

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