Art Therapist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£45,024 to £50,806 a year per annum inc HCA, pro rata for part time
Closing date
14 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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This is an exciting opportunity for an Art Therapist to join a innovative Inpatient CAMHS Service working across a General Acute, 14 bedded Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit and Day Service for young people from 12-18 years old. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing specialist individual and group-based Art therapies assessment and treatment to young people and their families alongside other MDT colleagues.

Offer flexible, recovery-focused and evidence-based episodes of care, assessments and treatments to a wide variety of clinical presentations.

Contribute to the positive working environment and dynamic learning environment within the Coborn Centre multi-disciplinary team.

The post holder will require a high degree of professional autonomy and self-management and will be required to account for their professional practice through appraisal and audit. They will supervise and support trainee staff and take a lead role in service development and training provision. Part of this role will involve holding case management for two young people during their time at the Coborn Centre.

Main duties of the job

To provide comprehensive specialist assessments, including risk assessment of children, young people and their families/carers referred with moderate, complex and severe mental health problems

To provide consultation and where appropriate training to other professionals who come into contact with children, young people and their families/carers referred with moderate, complex and severe mental health problems.

Based on these assessments and reports to convey sensitive, complex and sometimes unwelcome information to clients and other professionals and manage this as constructively as possible

To be a resource of specialist advice, specifically relating to the common emotional and behavioural problems and disorders of children and young people, to colleagues within the Coborn Centre, other professionals and other agencies/organisations working in the field of adolescent mental health.

To provide consultation to professionals in creating management plans for children and young people referred to the Coborn Centre.

To liaise with and where appropriate participate in joint work with other MDT members.

To act as care manager to a caseload of two and to undertake the responsibilities in accordance with CPA guidelines and internal care manager protocol

To provide packages of care and psycho-education for the young people and their families/ carers that takes account of the complexities of family systems and their significant social networks.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations

Job description Job responsibilities

Please could you kindly refer to the job description and person specification attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree in relevant area
  • MA (or equivalent) in Art Therapy
  • Registration with the HCPC
  • Membership of Arts Therapies Professional
  • Clinical Supervision Training
  • Further training in an area of psychological practice relevant to the post's clinical area
Experience Essential
  • Post qualification experience of working with the client group that this post is linked to in both individual and group work
  • Experience of working with Service Users with challenging behaviour
  • Supervision of a trainee Art Therapist
  • Experience of assessing service users and making recommendations to a Multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of providing teaching and training sessions regarding Art Therapy to a variety of audiences
  • Experience of working as an Art Therapist in a Multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of providing Art Therapy as part of research or clinical trial
  • Experience of providing Art Therapy in both acute and community settings
  • Experience of project management and evaluation supporting service development
  • Experience of supervision and support of Arts in Health projects
  • Experience of running reflective practice sessions for other disciplines e.g. Nursing, Occupational Therapy
Knowledge Essential
  • High standard of verbal communication skills including the ability to provide concise, clear and relevant feedback to a ward round or MDT meeting
  • Computer literacy and a high standard of written communication skills including the ability to produce clear reports detailing progress of therapy, selecting relevant information from sessions and presenting this without bias
  • Developed interpersonal skills enabling therapeutic alliances to be developed and maintained with clients
  • Ability to treat Service Users with respect and dignity at all times, adopting a culturally sensitive approach which considers the whole person
  • Ability to apply specialist skills in individual and group based Art Therapy assessments and interventions.
  • Ability to work both independently and a part of a MDT team
  • Ability to assess and manage frequent distressing clinical interactions with clients who have serious mental health problems
  • Ability to assess and manage exposure to potential hazards including frequent verbal aggression and risk of physical aggression in hospital setting whilst ensuring safety of self, client and members of the public.
  • Good organisational and time management skills
  • Adapts and uses a range of Arts Therapies clinical techniques
  • Ability to work with trauma and contain emotional impact through clinical supervision and team support systems
  • Ability to assess risk and be able to work face to face with acutely unwell service users
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to hold the stress of other
  • The needs and rights of service users and / or carers in planning and service development
  • The mental health support needs of Children, young people and families
  • The Children Act
  • Policies related to the Service, e.g. risk assessment
  • Governance and its application
  • Current National legislation, policies and guidelines relevant to inpatient CAMHS and their application
  • Children and young people's mental health research, diagnosis and treatment and approaches in related fields i.e. psychiatry, psychology, sociology, family therapy
  • Arts Therapies research and literature relevant to child and adolescent mental health
  • Equal Opportunities related to staff and clients
  • Collaborative working between Arts Therapies and arts in health
  • A working knowledge of Child Protection Guidelines
Other Essential
  • Ability to adapt to physical environment when dedicated therapy rooms are not available e.g. transporting materials, equipment etc and willingness to move furniture to set up a room (within Health and Safety parameters)
  • Physical skills to facilitate a wide range of activities both on a one-to-one and group basis, including using equipment as required
  • Mental and emotional effort required to undertake intense concentration for clinical interventions on both a one-to-one and group basis
  • Active involvement in ongoing professional and team development and a commitment to developing other team members
  • Emotional effort: Dealing with families in breakdown; experiencing trauma and abuse; occasional patient complaints; conveying of unwelcome news
  • Working conditions: Occasional verbal and physical abuse; unpredictable clinical scenarios eg emergency home visits; travel in community all weathers.
  • Record of having published in either peer reviewed or academic professional journals and/or books
  • Ability to support the development of the profession through participation in professional bodies and activities

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