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Specialist Creative Art's Therapist

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 a year Band 6 salary dependent on completion of MSC qualification
Closing date
15 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Band 6
Full Time
This is unique opportunity to contribute to delivering and developing an innovative pilot service for 0-25-year-olds at risk of or affected by youth violence. This role is part of the NHS England North Central LondonVanguard, to develop a model of care for children and young people who may be affected by serious youth violence. The service adopts a holistic and multi-agency integrated approach based on the understanding thatno individual service has the solution for the complex issues facing some young people. The service drawslargely on community psychology, narrative, AMBIT, attachment-based and trauma informed principles.The team is made up of Clinical Psychologists, Specialist case and youth workers. As a partnership service we draw on a strongcollective of shared values and the team deliver accessible evidence-based and holistic mental healthinterventions in environments where young people feel in control and safe, including a community hub, youthclubs, other community spaces and young people's homes. Recognising the contextual factors that affectwellbeing, interventions are targeted across different areas of a young person's life (e.g., emotional, social,relational, occupational, etc.). The service is underpinned by coproduction and the ethos that they are experts in their own lives and are best placed to know what would support their community.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be part of an pilot project until September 2025, working within a multidisciplinary team to support children and young people aged 0-25, and their families, who have been affected by serious youth violence and/or the criminal justice system. The role involves working closely with the clinical team to deliver high quality wellbeing interventions using psychological principles, working within the community and across multiple contexts This role has a specific focus on supporting young people who find it hard to trust services, offering holistic practical and emotional interventions and engaging with their network to improve their well-being and divert them away from the criminal justice system.

Much of the role will involve direct support to young people and families offering interventions led by the needs of each individual or family. The creative therapist will also be developing and delivering creative, trauma informed groups, co-designed with communities and organisations and offered across multiple contexts, e.g. within prisons, youth justice, schools and youth clubs. The role will include offering training, advice and consultation to staff teams and organisations. As this is a pilot project a core aspect of the role will be contributing to the evaluation of the project through clinical audit, data collection, case studies and service evaluation projects.

About us

The partnership betweenBarnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH)andCamden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C& I)is going from strength to strength since it was originally established in 2021 forming theNorth London Mental Health Partnership.

In order to meet the needs of the new Partnership services you may be required from time to time to work at different locations to your normal place of work. This may mean that you are required to work at any location that fall under Barnet, Enfield and Harringay Trust and Camden and Islington Trust. The Trust reserves the right to require staff to work at such other places or locations as it considers reasonable and necessary on a temporary or permanent basis.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To offer specialist, highly flexible and innovative creative therapeutic interventions to young people and occasionally theirfamilies and/or refer a young person to other services as appropriate.
  • To offer comprehensive holistic assessments of needs and tailor interventions to the young person's needs and goals. This willinclude risk assessment and subsequent risk management, with the provision of specialist advice for other professionals.
  • To formulate and implement highly specialised and innovative plans for the psychological treatmentand/or management of a young persons mental health needs be responsible for implementing a rangeof psychological interventions for individuals and groups and to evaluate and make decisions about theintervention options available. This will involve interpretation and integration of complex psychologicaldata and competing or contradictory theories/hypotheses from professionals from other agencies.
  • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulationand intervention approaches of young people and to monitor progress.
  • To develop, facilitate and deliver creative well-being group based activities and interventions that are groundedin psychological theory and principles or to support the delivery of groups alongside other teammembers or professionals utilising creative medium such as art, music and drama.
  • To act as a lead professional, where appropriate, taking responsibility for initiating planning and reviewof care plans. This will involve offering staff from other agencies guidance on mental health.
  • To engage in clinical audit and maintain appropriate records of work.
  • To use own initiative and job-related training in deciding on the approach and interventions required when working with a young person, in line with supervision and other professionals.


To work closely with the team to plan interventions for young people in the local community drawing upon psychological principles e.g. trauma based approaches.

To engage with young people at their own pace in an informal community-based context, using an age-appropriate developmental framework.

To deliver bespoke intervention plans through supervision for each case in partnership with the young person, their parent (where appropriate) and other agencies (within and outside of the service) involved in their support.

To work collaboratively with caseworkers represented within and outside of the service to review intervention plans and amend them as appropriate ensuring that the interventions are fit for purpose.

To develop positive working relationships with key community partner organisations and stakeholders, working both alongside and within community teams to jointly develop and delivery individual and group interventions and staff support.

  • To support and co-facilitate formulation and reflective practice spaces alongside team members, using creative techniques for external professionals and services where appropriate.
  • To contribute in an active way to the network of services for young people and families and to ensure the co-ordination of services provided. This will involve working closely with colleagues from other agencies.
  • To provide advice, consultation and training to other professionals within the team and to external services working with the client group as required.
  • To receive regular clinical professional supervision from a senior clinical psychologist and, whereappropriate, other senior professional colleagues.


Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to engage and motivate young people and families who have lost trust in services or have faced significant barriers when accessing services.
  • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment,formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care.
  • Communicate both verbally and in written format regarding complex and sensitive information.
  • Communication with the MDT regarding care and treatment planning
  • Communication with colleagues from health and other services regarding the provision ofpsychological support with the service.
  • Responsible for keeping good quality clinical records that comply with data protection legislation andTrust policies and protocols.
  • Produce reports following assessment and interventions.


To establish a supportive and respectful relationship with young people and their families and help young people identify their own achievable and meaningful goals.

To support young people to identify and overcome fears and within a relationship of empathy, trust and honesty.

To facilitate access to community groups and networks that enable young people to participate in community activities, in order to maximise opportunities for taking on socially valued roles and positive identity.

To accompany young people to appointments/meetings of their choice and perform a range of practical tasks, aligned to their goals.

To act as a positive role model showing professional and caring attitudes and behavior towards other multi-disciplinary team members, service users and carers.

To work in a way that acknowledges the personal, social, cultural and spiritual strengths and needs of the individual.

  • To work closely with the team and young people to develop the service to ensure that it meets theneeds of the community and coproducing alongside young people.
  • To contribute to the wider service development and innovation to improve access to young people andthe community as required.
  • To contribute to service evaluation, collecting feedback and peer review as required.
  • To support young people in co-producing aspects of the service through encouraging consistent feedback and creative projects.


Attend, facilitate and chair team meetings and participate in clinical formulation meetings.

Attend review meetings to feedback progress on young persons goals.

To raise awareness of trauma informed practice with Trust staff within all areas of work.
  • Responsible for attendance at all relevant mandatory training in line with Trust policies and protocols as and when required to do so.

To participate in regular supervision in accordance with good practice guidelines and Trust policy.

To participate in the Trusts annual Appraisal process.


Protection of Children & Vulnerable Adults To promote and safeguard the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Incident reporting - To report any incidents of harm or near miss in line with the Trusts incident reporting policy ensuring appropriate actions are taken to reduce the risk of reoccurrence.

To be aware of the responsibility of all employees to maintain a safe and healthy environment for patients/ clients, visitors and staff.


Has a personal duty of care to ensure all equipment is used safely and effectively, following manufacturers instructions.

Uses available resources effectively and efficiently.

  • The role requires significant mental effort in terms of assimilating and analyzing complex data in relation to known and evidence based psychological theory.
  • Effort to manage the emotional aspects of the role and distress displayed by clients.
  • Frequently providing support to colleagues in managing challenging young people in what can be sometimes distressing circumstances.
  • The post holder may be required to work flexible hours as required by service need.
  • The post holder may be required to work in different locations as required by service need.


To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to both the specific client group and mental health.

To comply with the Professional Codes of Conduct and to be aware of changes in these. To maintain up to date knowledge of all relevant legislation and local policies and procedures implementing this.

To ensure that all duties are carried out to the highest standard and in accordance with currently quality initiatives within the work area.

To comply with all relevant Trust policies, procedures and guidelines, including those relating to Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety, Information Governance and Confidentiality of Information and to be aware of any changes in these.

  • This is not an exhaustive list of duties and responsibilities, and the postholder may be required toundertake other duties which fall within the grade of the job, in discussion with the manager.
  • This job description will be reviewed regularly in the light of changing service requirements and anysuch changes will be discussed with the postholder.
  • The post holder is expected to comply with all relevant Trust policies, procedures and guidelines,including those relating to Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety and Confidentiality ofInformation.

Person Specification

education and qualifications


  • Masters Level training in a creative therapy i.e. drama therapy, arts therapy or equivalent qualification
  • Registration for HCPC or eligible for registration


  • Pre-qualification training and qualification in a related health and social care and/or psychology qualification

experience and knowledge


  • Experience of working directly with young people in contact with the criminal justice system. For example, working with a YOT or prison settings.
  • Experience working with young people and families affected by serious youth violence.
  • Experience of working with young people with psychological difficulties and / or facing extremely challenging circumstances with complex mental health needs. For example, working with CAMHS services, looked after children services or homelessness services
  • Experience of delivering individual and group creative interventions to young people and parents.
  • Experience delivering staff reflective and formulation sessions or staff teaching and training using creative methods such as art or drama
  • Experience of working as part of a multi-agency team
  • Evidence of a high level of competent and autonomous practice
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