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E&B Art Therapist Lead

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum
Closing date
25 Sep 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 8A
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Full Time
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Lead Arts Therapist South Beds






Emotional and Behavioral Team (E&B), Luton CAMHS


Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service




Clinical Team Lead (CTL)


Psychological Therapies Lead (PTL) and CAMHS General Manager

Main duties of the job

Arts Therapies are a dynamic growing workforce across all of ELFT CAMHS with over 30 clinicians across all arts modalities contributing to all our care pathways. This exciting new senior leadership role builds on the excellent feedback we have had from our young people on their access and involvement in arts therapies. Our partnership working with them to co-produce interventions and our collaboration with our local communities to embed arts therapies practice in local creative settings is essential to our vision for inclusion. The successful post holder will join a dynamic arts therapies leadership group ELFT. We value the central role of creativity in everything we aim to achieve to support our service users and staff.

About us

This post will deliver Arts Therapies service within Luton and Dunstable CAMHS and will be based within Emotional and Behavioral Team (E&B) in Luton. The post holder will offer a flexible, evidence-based care, assessments and interventions, including collaborative group-work and consultation to other clinical pathways (i.e. Neurodevelopmental Team; Eating Disorders Team; Adolescent Mental Health Team; etc) within South Beds.

For Further information regarding this post, please contact:

Miguel Massa (Child Psychotherapist Lead/Clinical Team Lead Emotional and Behavioural Team) / Helen Barker (Clinical Psychologist/Clinical Team Lead Emotional and Behavioural Team) / Kat Fusco (Professional Lead for Art Therapies) / Linda Hurst (CAMHS General Manager)

Telephone number: 01582 708140

Job description Job responsibilities

This senior role will also have designated input into supporting wider clinical supervision for CAMHS Arts Therapists. The post-holder will work with the Professional Lead for Arts Therapies in CAMHS to develop the discipline across South Beds.

The post holder will contribute with the co-ordination and development of Luton CAMHS service wide Arts Therapies trainee cohort intake and programme. They will provide specialist training across the Trust CAMHS services promoting the development of recovery focused Arts therapies practice including co-produced approaches with experts through experience and our partnership work with arts and culture organisations.

The post holder will work with the Professional Lead for Arts Therapies in Children and Young People to deliver this work and will attend monthly senior Arts Therapists meeting.

The post holder will work collaboratively. They will be responsible for the management and supervision of junior staff, assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of the care provided and effective liaison with all agencies involved with the service user and their families/carers.

The post holder will join a Trust with an amazing track record of arts therapies development, research and support. ELFT have over 75 arts therapists contributing into all of our care pathways. There are excellent opportunities for support including a specific Trust wide arts therapies CPD programme and supervision support.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Music therapist, Art therapist/Art Psychotherapist or Drama therapist For Dance Movement Psychotherapists Registration with ADMP UK
  • Educated to Masters level or equivalent, or have a demonstrable experience of senior professional, clinical and management
  • A demonstrable record of continuing professional development and relevant post graduate qualification or training in specialist knowledge and skills
  • Clinical Supervision Training
  • Previous experience of working in CAMHS
  • Experience of working in community CAMHS and working within a multi-agency network
Experience Essential
  • Experience of managing and supervising junior staff
  • Experience of service development
  • Experience of working as an Arts Therapist in a Multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of working in a culturally diverse area
  • Experience of working in or liaising closely with multi-agency teams working with adolescents e.g. Schools, Social Care, Youth Participation Service, etc
  • Experience of working with vulnerable young people who present with high risk behaviors
  • Experience of working in community CAMHS and working within a multi-agency network
Skills Essential
  • 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 client
  • Ability to apply specialist skills in individual and group based Arts Therapies assessments and interventions
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a MDT team
  • 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 organizational and time management skills
  • 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
  • Proven ability in standard setting and audit implementation
  • The ability to maintain and represent a CAMHS identity within a multi- agency setting, including managing the dynamics of a team within a team, i.e. The Specialist Workers in that context.

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