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Arts Therapist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year Per Annum
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Leighton Buzzard and Dunstable Art Therapist Roles - Band 7

Are you ready for an exciting and varied career change? If so, our Primary Care Access Team (PCAS) are looking for you! We are looking for two experienced children's Art Therapists to join our local PCAS team based in Luton.These are our first art therapy posts in the PCAS team and we are piloting to expand the range, choice and access our children and their families have to developmental support.

You will be part of a vibrant expanding workforce that is committed to close collaborative working across our local GP premises.

We know already how important art therapies are for our children and their families and carers. We need a skilled art therapist in each of our teams to provide assessment and group sessions that will promote development aims for our service users and their families. We also want to enhance further how art therapies are developed across a wide range of areas including joint working with other professionals, its use in supporting our staff wellbeing and in fostering more our culture of the development of our service through co-production with our service users.

Main duties of the job

You 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.

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

For further information please contact either:

Amanda Wallace

Operational Lead PCAS

Tel 07435734032

Vicky Taylor

Clinical team Lead

Community Access Services

Proposed Interview Date: 7th October 2022

Person Specification Education, Training and Qualification Essential
  • Degree in relevant area
  • MA (or equivalent) in Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Drama therapy and or Dance Movement Psychotherapyt area
  • Registration with the HCPC for Art Therapy, Music therapy or Drama therapy
  • For Dance Movement Psychotherapies: Registration with ADMP UK
  • Membership of Arts Therapies Professional Body
  • Clinical Supervision Training
  • Further training in an area of psychological practice relevant to the post's clinical area
Previous experience Essential
  • Post qualification experience as an Arts Therapist working with the client group that this post is linked to in both individual and group work
  • Experience of delivering short term interventions
  • Experience of working with Service Users with challenging needs
  • Supervision of a trainee Arts Therapist
  • Experience of assessing service users and making recommendations to a Multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of providing teaching and training sessions regarding the benefits of the Arts and Arts Therapies to a variety of audiences
  • Experience of providing Arts Therapist in schools and children's settings
  • Experience of working as an Arts Therapist in a Multidisciplinary team
  • Experience of providing Arts Therapist as part of research or clinical trial
  • 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/arts support for other disciplines e.g. Nursing, Occupational Therapy
  • Experience of using another modality such as CBT informed therapy
Skills and abilities 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 Music Therapy assessments and interventions.
  • Ability to work both independently and a 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 organisational and time management skills
  • Line management of more junior staff
  • Adapts and uses a range of Arts Therapies clinical techniques including use of developmental aims as essential
  • Ability to work with 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's Act
  • Policies related to the Service, e.g. risk assessment
  • Governance and its application
  • Current National legislation, policies and guidelines relevant to the clinical context of the Post and their application
  • Current National legislation, policies and guidelines relevant to the clinical context of the Post and their application
  • Arts Therapies research and literature relevant to Child Development
  • Equal Opportunities related to staff and clients
  • Collaborative working between Arts Therapies and music in health
  • A working knowledge of Child Protection Guidelines

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