Principal Psychological Therapist / Lead Art Therapist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£54,764 to £63,862 a year per annum
Closing date
10 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are seeking to recruit a skilled, knowledgeable and dynamic Lead for our community of Art / Play and Creative Therapists to join our CAMHS Service across East Sussex, Brighton and Hove.

This is a full-time role; however, job share or part time interest will be considered.

The current Art / Play / Creative community within CAMHS is made up of around 15-20 clinicians in designated and non-designated posts occupying posts in Generic / Specialist and Crisis Service in East Sussex / West Sussex / Brighton & Hove.

You will be joining a friendly, supportive and creative multi-disciplinary team, dedicated to providing a high-quality service which complements the work done by our wider CAMHS colleagues and in liaison/partnership with other key young people's services. Our core business includes assessing young people's mental health, including attention to risk management and care planning, and working with families and the wider systems that support these young people.

This is an exciting time to join Sussex CAMHS as we have begun to implement the transformation agenda increasing therapeutic offers to young people as well as further developing both out acute service model and advanced responses to neurodevelopmental conditions. We are also in the process of developing a stepped care model to respond to young people's ever evolving needs.

Main duties of the job

As the Lead for Art/Play/Creative Therapists you will be based in East Sussex with some discussion regarding physical environment, one option includes the Aldrington Centre, Hove. This post is full time (37.5 hours per week).This post will be 0.6 WTE working clinically and 0.4 WTE covering the Sussex Leadership role.

As the Lead for this group of Professionals, you will oversee and support the governance hierarchy across Sussex.You will maintain the Supervision structure, providing Supervision, CPD and training opportunities to uphold professional registration. You will also be expected to provide a high level of clinical expertise for complex cases that present for assessment and treatment to the service. This may include intensive therapeutic support and managing a caseload of complex cases from a range of clinical pathways including LAC, Attachment &Trauma, Anxiety & Depression, and Early Personality presentations.

About us

We provide mental health and learning disability care for children, young people and adults across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire.

Working in Sussex:o Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns there's always new experiences to be enjoyedo Embrace the city life with great access to visit Brighton and Londono Easy access to Gatwick and Heathrow and excellent railway links across the UK

We'd love you to join our organisation that is rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the Care Quality Commission. Our staff agree, with 82% of people in our recent staff survey telling us that they recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

See the attached 'Partnership Perks' document for details about our benefits package.

Job description Job responsibilities

- Registered with the HCPC via a core professional qualification Applications are welcomed from fully qualified Art Therapists with a relevant body of expertise and experience in the CAMHS setting.- Experienced in risk and care management of complex cases.- Experience of Leadership/Supervision/Training of relevant clinical staff- Experience of Service/Project development in relevant area of Child and Young Persons mental health.

You will be responsible for the systematic governance of Art/Play/Creative practise within CAMHS in East Sussex/West Sussex/Brighton & Hove.

You will lead on an agreed part of the clinical and social care governance framework within the Service.

To work autonomously within professional guidelines.

To provide clinical and professional leadership to appropriate clinical staff.

To manage a complex caseload.To plan, organise and contribute to the development, evaluation of operational policies and, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit.


To provide Assessment and Treatment packages for complex cases considering detailed formulation based on multi-disciplinary contributions.

Attending Multi - Agency forums, as required.

Providing Clinical and Professional Supervision to relevant staff.

Attending and chairing key local and Trust wide meetings in partnership with other Professional Leads and Operational Management.

Providing a Lead on Specific Training/CPD opportunities.

See attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

Person Specification Criteria Essential
  • An approved post graduate / Masters level qualification (or equivalent) in a recognised psychological therapy , leading to recognised professional accreditation in Psychoanalytic or Psychodynamic Psychotherapy or Group Analysis (BPC, UKCP, BAP, BACP), Systemic Family Therapy (AFT or UKCP), Child Psychotherapy (ACP), Art Therapy (HCPC), Play Therapy (BABT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (BABCP), or Psychotherapeutic Counselling (BACP or UKCP).
  • Professionally registered as a psychological therapist with relevant registration body
  • Evidence of relevant continuing professional development as required by the registration body
  • Evidence of post-qualification training in clinical supervision
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of specified psychological therapy.
  • Significant assessed experience of working as a qualified psychological therapist.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care coordinator and also within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group.
  • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of highly specialised psychological therapies and assessment methodologies.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required relevant registration body.
  • Formal training in supervision.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.
  • Experience of representing specified psychological therapy within the context of multi-disciplinary care. Experience of assessing and treating clients across the full range of care settings relevant to their needs and age.
  • Substantial experience of working with specified client group after qualification.
  • Experience of the application of psychological therapy in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework. Experience of working together with service users to ensure that they are equal partners in service design, evaluation, research and training.
  • Experience of offering clinical and professional supervision.
  • Experience of offering consultation and liaison with service users, carers, and members of multi-professional teams
  • Experience of professional and clinical leadership within a small team or within a function in a large team
  • Experience of providing training and clinical and academic presentations including preparation of training/presentation material
  • Experience of providing, developing and managing highly specialist systemic interventions
  • Substantial knowledge of the theory and practice of applying specialised psychological practices with complex presentations in the care group
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Skills in planning and organisation of complex activities and programmes.
  • Skills in modifying and reshaping programmes.
  • Skills in clinical project management and resource allocation.
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic settings.
  • PMVA and de escalation skills.
  • Experience of managing conflicting demands and deadlines
  • Ability to manage complex and demanding situations.
  • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours.
  • Ability to identify, and employ, as appropriate, clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Willingness to work occasional weekends and evenings.
  • Demonstrate support for the values and beliefs of the Care Group and those of the Trust
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the practices of Human Rights in the delivery of this role
  • Team working
  • Commitment to empowering service users, their relatives and carers at all levels.
  • Commitment to multidisciplinary team working.
  • Ability to travel across sites.
  • Punctual and flexible across hours of work when required
  • Post-qualification training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice.
  • Training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training, supervision and/or other fields of psychological therapy.
  • Personal experience of physical and/or mental health problems or caring for someone with mental health or physical health problems

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