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Highly Specialist Music Therapist

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 a year pro rata pa inc
Closing date
23 Apr 2024

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An exciting opportunity to work within a well-established and supported Music Therapy team in Southeast London. This role includes the delivery of a new pilot project of Music Therapy to Children and Young People within Camhs.

The project will be registered as a Quality Improvement project and a Quality Improvement report will be submitted at the end of the twelve months period for an extension of the provision to be considered.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and flexible music therapist who would enjoy being part of a dynamic and forward-thinking team. Excellent supervision and CPD provision with opportunities to develop your clinical interests.

Main duties of the job

The Music Therapist will be responsible for the clinical management and service delivery within agreed locations:

- Assessing the clients' clinical needs.

- Implementing appropriate specialist intervention either in group or individual music therapy.

- Establishing clear lines of communication in respect of client care within a variety of multi professional paediatric teams.

- Collecting and compiling clinical data for evaluation.

The caseload will encompass psycho-social, emotional and psychological specialist areas.

Interagency collaboration will be maintained, and written music therapy reports, reflecting specialist clinical knowledge, will be circulated as required.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.

We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values: o We're Kind o We're Fair o We Listen o We Care

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Tasks and Responsibilities
  • To employ highly developed clinical skills and specialist Music Therapy techniques when establishing therapeutic relationships with referred clients.
  • To adapt practice to meet individual clients circumstances, including due regard for cultural differences.
  • To maintain good standards of patient care and personal professionalism to ensure the promotion of an effective therapeutic environment.
  • To employ excellent communication skills.
  • To form effective relationships with services users who may be under stress and/or have challenges and emotional psychosocial difficulties.
  • To demonstrate empathy with clients, carers and families and colleagues, ensuring that effective communication is achieved, particularly where barriers to understanding exist.
  • To communicate complex condition related information from assessment to clients, carers, families and members of the multi professional team / other professions.
  • To work closely with clients, carers and families, agreeing decision making relevant to the client management.
  • To demonstrate skills in motivating clients and/or carers to engage in the therapeutic process.
  • To contribute to clinical teams, by discussing own and others input around client's needs thereby ensuring a well-co-ordinated care plan and providing clinical reports which reflect specialist knowledge
  • To demonstrate negotiation skills in the management of conflict across a range of situations.
  • To ensure the safety and welfare of clients under the therapists care

Please see attached job description and person specification for further details.

Person Specification



  • MA or equivalent Postgraduate training in Music Therapy from HCPC validated course


  • Evidence of continuing professional development

Knowledge and skills


  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Good analytical and reflection skills
  • Knowledge of and skill in considering differences and equalities both in therapy and professional relationships
  • Knowledge of and skills in assessing clients for Music Therapy with ability to form critical analysis and make judgements


  • Knowledge of Evidence Based Practice, Clinical Governance and related knowledge for research and audit



  • Specialist clinical experience of working with children and young people (including ASD, SEND, Early Years, Social, emotional and mental health needs)
  • Experience of working in a range of settings including health and education
  • Experience of carrying out assessments and report writing


  • Experience of supervising Music Therapy students on placement



  • Ability to work both autonomously and as part of a team
  • Ability to be adaptable and flexible

Employer details

Employer name

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust


Highpoint House

Shooters Hill


SE18 3RZ

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