Lead Arts Psychotherapist Wiltshire

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year pa
Closing date
16 Oct 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 8A
Part Time
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Applications are invited from HCPC / UKCP, qualified and experienced Arts Psychotherapists for a 12 month fixed term Lead Arts Psychotherapy post, to lead and develop the Arts Psychotherapies Service across Wiltshire in both Inpatient and Community. This post includes a caseload of highly specialist clinical work within the West Wiltshire Community Mental Health Team. We would welcome applications from the four different modalities of arts psychotherapies - Music, Art, Drama or Dance Movement.

You will be line managing a supportive and experienced team of 8 Arts Psychotherapists and a Studio Assistant, all working part time across Wiltshire, embedded within the Psychological Therapies Service. We have Art, Music, and Dance Movement Psychotherapists, and bring additional experience in CAT, CFT, MBT and EMDR. The team offers a range of group and individual creative psychological treatments across the Wiltshire Community Health Teams, and the Inpatient Services at Green Lane Hospital, Devizes and Fountain Way Hospital, Salisbury. We are a creative team who work hard to actively support psychologically informed environments, trauma informed practice, and offer reflective practice groups and clinical supervision for staff.

The role will be supported by the Head of Psychological Therapies Service in Wiltshire, and there will be quality clinical supervision and opportunities for CPD and career development.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will have the experience to lead and develop a dynamic specialist Team, and will be resourceful, confident and flexible with clearly demonstrable clinical skills. You will be experienced in working with people who experience a range of complex mental health conditions throughout the adult age range. You will be able to demonstrate knowledge of working with different client groups in secondary mental health settings, and of having been responsible for providing assessments, formulations and focused creative psychotherapy interventions. As this is a senior post within Wiltshire and the Trust, it requires proven skills in clinical supervision, consultation and service development. You are responsible for the Team professional and operational strategy ensuring that a best quality service is provided across the CQC 5 domains. The role includes Line management, annual appraisals and professional development of staff, strategic development, attending senior Management meetings, and offering training about the Arts Psychotherapies to MDT colleagues within the service. We would particularly value training and experience in additional therapies such as MBT, CAT or EMDR, which are focussed on the treatment of trauma.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care.

We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.

Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Job description Job responsibilities


To manage lead and develop a Locality/Specialism Arts Psychotherapies Service and work with directors and managers re future service development. Represent the Arts Psychotherapies and provide an arts psychotherapies perspective across the trust.

Act as a positive role model at all times, encouraging people to feel equal members of the team whilst working within clear frameworks and policies.

Ensure that key messages are cascaded in your team and that your team are encouraged to put forward suggestions.

To work in partnership with service users, carers and managers and liaise with stakeholders other statutory and non statutory organisations.

To provide, operational line management, Supervision and/or professional leadership across the service area.

To implement the Arts Psychotherapy Strategy.

To be responsible for ensuring that all new, current or adapted arts psychotherapy spaces/rooms conform to Professional Associations standards, in own area and provide an adequate, appropriate and safe therapeutic environment in which to practice. This to be achieved byattending planning meetings and advising, negotiating, liaising, and consulting with relevant personnel such as architects, builders, commissioned artists and service users.

May be responsible for and manage arts psychotherapies budgets for service area. Including responsible for the ordering and maintenance of materials and equipment.

Because of the seniority of this post the postholder may be required to participate in on-call arrangements, after suitable training.


To work as an autonomous practitioner with own specialist caseload receiving referrals from professional colleagues and providing assessments to establish suitability and appropriate treatment for individual and group arts psychotherapy. Using skills to asses risk at all times. When appropriate advice clinical teams re possible alternative interventions.

Carry out assessment and consultancy when diagnosis is uncertain for service users who present with unclear symptoms and complex mental health difficulties, as part of a consultation process.

To provide highly specialist arts psychotherapy for individual and/or group sessions for people with complex needs and severe and enduring mental health problems, using highly advanced levels of skill knowledge and expertise as part of service user treatment programmes.

Regularly evaluate the therapy and assess levels of risk as part of assessment procedure and as part of the ongoing CPA process.

Be responsible, where required, for ensuring all Arts Psychotherapists receive regular, appropriate clinical supervision and caseload management and ensure that people work within their own competency. Provide clinical supervision and consultancy to other professionals where appropriate.

Engage in reflective practice and own regular clinical supervision with an appropriate clinical supervisor.

Communicate with high levels of empathy skill and sensitivity with patients and carers with an awareness and understanding of their problems and often complicated and difficult issues.

Communicate effectively with members of clinical teams, managers and other colleagues.

To attend case conferences and CPA and other meetings that are relevant to the clinical work.

To record service user progress in patient records, write reports and input statistical data.


To work within professional codes of practice and Health & Care Professions Council and UKCP/DMTA Standards of Care as appropriate. To work using best and evidence based practice.

Demonstrate ongoing personal development through participation in internal and external development and training opportunities, recording learning outcomes in a CPD portfolio in line with HCPC and UKCP standards as appropriate.

To be responsible for ensuring that all arts works and digital images and recordings are appropriately stored in line with HCPC, professional associations guidelines and Trust policy.

Ensure that all arts psychotherapists have a way of expressing concerns about standards of patient care and that these are brought to the attention of the relevant manager.

Training and Staff Performance and Development

To engage in the appraisal process and be responsible, in own area, for ensuring that arts psychotherapies staff have yearly appraisals and a CPD/training development plan.

Ensure that Arts Psychotherapies staff engage in ongoing statutory and mandatory training, in own area.

Ensure that you and your team understand all of the agreed key performance indicators for your service, particularly relating to outcomes and essential standards to be met.

Ensure that you and your team understand all of the clinical and business action plans relevant to your services.

Ensure that you and your team understand all of the monitoring, auditing and reporting systems relevant to your services.

To be responsible, in own area, for the organisation of placements for trainees, and for reporting back to universities and training establishments re student progress and their suitability to qualify.

To be responsible for ensuring and/or providing clinical supervision for trainees on placement.

To support or support staff to mentor trainees on placement.

To use highly specialist knowledge, to educate others about arts psychotherapies and be involved in the induction of new staff.

To organise and undertake teaching and training in specialist field.

Service and Policy Development

To keep managers informed re local service developments, requirements, shortfalls and gaps in the service and input into service development plans, Trust wide strategy and audit. To be responsible for contributing to relevant policy and procedures.

Using highly specialist knowledge to work with managers in formulating, policies and guidelines, underpinned by theory and practice.

To develop/contribute and implement policies, protocols and guidelines for own area and beyond. Input into the development of the Trust Arts Psychotherapy Strategy and relevant policy and procedures within the work area, with particular reference to highly complex therapeutic issues.

To interpret policies for the Arts Psychotherapy service.

To work with the Manager to identify numbers of arts psychotherapists needed for present and planned future service.

Health and Safety

To be responsible for Health and Safety as laid out by statute and Trust policies. Undertake specific training, e.g. COSHH, keep records and be responsible for monitoring and maintaining health and safety and security of self and others in own work area. Ensure health and safety training and regular updating for self and Arts Psychotherapies staff in own area.

To be responsible for ensuring safe use of materials and equipment and be responsible for ensuring regular maintenance and work within health and safety policies and guidelines.

Research and Development

To carry out audits, surveys and service evaluation to inform planning and ensure safe practice in line with clinical governance.

To co-ordinate, carry out or participate in research and clinical outcomes assessment to ensure best and evidenced based practice.

To keep up to date with current research and development and encourage arts psychotherapists to engage in research and provide research supervision for professional colleagues.

Driving licence essential as youwill need to be flexible and able to travel between bases over a wide rural area including Chippenham, Savernake and Devizes. Candidates must be innovative, dynamic and enthusiastic to be a part of both the community multidisciplinary team, and Wiltshire Psychological Therapies Service.

The Trust Arts Psychotherapies Professional Leadership Group would support the post and attendance at the monthly Psychological Therapies Advisory Group is required which supports safe governance, professional representation and upholds quality practice, linking in with wider Psychological Therapy colleagues across the Trust.

Clinical work will be based within the West Wiltshire Community Mental Health Team, providing a specialist arts psychotherapy service including assessment and treatment for individuals and groups, as well as offering consultation to the wider MDT in relation to service users complex needs and the range of interventions available. The role includes training about the Arts Psychotherapies to other MDT colleagues within the service as well as developing Reflective Practice and clinical supervision for staff.

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Masters Level Arts Psychotherapy qualification or equivalent PG diploma
  • HCPC / UKCP registered or applied for
  • Clinical experience of delivering specialised arts psychotherapy within a mental health setting
  • Experience of giving clinical supervision
  • Further training in psychological approaches (eg. MBT, CFT, EMDR)
  • Experience of leadership roles, including contributing towards development of a psychological therapy service
  • Experience of providing line management
  • Ability to work effectively within multi disciplinary team setting, creating good working relationships across different professions.

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