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Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
26 Apr 2024

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Mental health, Art / music / drama therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
This role is for a Dramatherapist working with adults with a learning disability in the community. This post is within a long established Arts Therapies Department based in Colchester, Essex and is an integral part of the wider learning disability team.

We are seeking a highly motivated Dramatherapist to join this well- established department with administrative and clinical bases across the catchment area. This post is open to both newly qualified dramatherapists or those with specialist experience in the clinical area of Learning Disabilities. Experience of working within the NHS would also be welcomed.

The post holder will hold an active caseload offering both individual and group dramatherapy. This post is well supported in terms of space, equipment, CPD opportunities, managerial, clinical and peer supervision as well as being a part of the trust wide arts therapies service.

This post is part of the services provided by Essex Learning Disability Partnership, hosted by Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust. This post falls within services provided across North Essex. The successful post holder will provide services in both Colchester and Clacton.

Main duties of the job

The main duties of this post are:

responsibility for a caseload, offering both individual and group dramatherapybeing an integral member of the Arts Therapies Team, assisting with allocations, service development, governance issues, communication and liaison with the MDT and IDT teams.

Band 7 responsibility will include when appropriate and possible: provision of clinical supervision and offering trainee placements.

About us

HPFT is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Job description

Job responsibilities

To work as an autonomous clinical specialist within a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) across North Essex and provide expertise and consultation in providing psychological assessment and treatment, informed by an understanding of psychodynamic theory, of highly emotive individuals in the community and in-patient services. Service Users have a learning disability and complex needs including mental illness (such as Personality Disorder).

To assess, plan, undertake and evaluate Dramatherapy as appropriate through group and/or individual sessions, in accordance with service user care plans and contribute to MDT review processes.

. The main responsibilities of this post are:
  • The assessment, planning, implementing and evaluating of both individual and group Dramatherapy sessions for community and where clinically appropriate, in-patient services
  • To act as Dept. link with Community Learning Disability Teams as necessary
  • The completion of risk assessments and other clinically related information as directed by Trust policy and procedure.

The successful applicant will join an enthusiastic, passionate and dedicated arts therapies team consisting of 2 music therapists, 3 art psychotherapists and 1 dramatherapist (this post). Our main base is in Colchester, Essex where we have access to two dedicated arts therapies rooms and an office space. Each member of the team works on a Monday when we hold regular peer supervision sessions, team meetings and allocations meetings as well supportive conversations around the 'kettle'. We also benefit from having a Trust lead for all AHP professions as well as good working relationships with the other arts therapies across the different Trust Services. The successful applicant will join a Team that holds and demonstrates the overall Trust values of 'welcoming, kind, positive, respectful and professional' everyday and in all that they do for the Service Users referred to the Department.

Please refer to the job description for the additional responsibilities required for the Band 7 role.

Person Specification

Essential and Desirable


  • Good honours degree in Drama/Associated Subject
  • MA in Dramatherapy or equivalent
  • State Registration with HCPC
  • Dramatherapists must have a working knowledge/experience of clinical settings prior to acceptance for their professional training
  • Band 6-7 Minimum 1 trainee clinical practice experience of specialist client group, i.e. Learning Disability, dual diagnosis, in either community or in-patient settings
  • Experience of both individual and group work.
  • Experience of MDT working on placement.
  • Band 7 Clinical practice experience of specialist client group, i.e. Learning Disability, dual diagnosis, in either community or in-patient settings
  • Student based Research skills and demonstration of specialist clinical interest within the LD Service User population.
  • Band 7 - Research skills and demonstration of specialist clinical interest within the LD Service User population.


  • Experience of working with people with disturbed and distressing behaviours
  • Student/Placement Experience of audit and research
  • Knowledge of Service User related issues, e.g.Depression, Sexual Abuse/Trauma, Sexual Offending and Family Dynamics
  • Knowledge and experience of Evidence Based Practice and of outcomes systems
  • Band 7 - Clinical Supervision Training suitable for arts therapies .

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Lexden Hospital

London Road



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