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Art Psychotherapist Band 7 SW

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year Per annum
Closing date
27 Jan 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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It is an exciting time to join EPUT as we develop treatment pathways, new processes and therapeutic provisions to meet the needs of our clients with a diagnosis or traits of personality disorder. This role is a new development in the transformation agenda. The post holder will provide an arts psychotherapy intervention to clients on the wards and support clients in the vulnerable transition between ward and home. You will be joining an MDT of nursing and psychiatric colleagues, psychologists, Occupational Therapists and recreational therapists. The inclusion of arts psychotherapy will offer creative expression in a safe and contained way that has been proven to support reflection and articulation. The integration of OT, psychology and arts psychotherapy has proven to offer a more holistic therapeutic support.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide individual and group arts psychotherapy to ward clients, support the transition back home and into community services through the continuous provision of the arts psychotherapy interventions as agreed with the MDT at discharge. The post holder will be responsible for attending appropriate MDT meetings, maintaining clinical notes and other clinical administrative functions. The arts psychotherapist will support the therapeutic environment on the ward through their psychotherapeutic understanding of trauma, personality disorders and complex presentations. The post holder and clients will be supported in the important transitional work by the MDT.

The post holder will be able to develop a community based caseload. This work will be supported and supervised by colleagues in the psychotherapy service. Continued CPD is encouraged and supported.

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate their ability to be client focused, understand what is meant by trauma informed care, use this and their psychotherapeutic thinking in all clinical work interactions with colleagues, carers and other stakeholders at all times.

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including;

o Season Ticket Loans

o NHS discounts for staff

o Excellent Training facilities and opportunities

o Buying and Selling annual leave scheme

o The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas

o Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work

o Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

Job description Job responsibilities

This post will support clients in the transition back home and to community services. The post holder will be able to continue the therapy provision through discharge and support the appropriate placement to community services. The post holder will be supported by colleagues from the transitioning and psychotherapy services, the Community Mental Health Team and community psychiatry.

The post holder will also have the opportunity to develop a community based case load. Supervision will be provided to meet the specific needs of the post holder and will include joining psychotherapy colleagues for clinical supervision.

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • Recognised qualification in one of the core mental health professions or other relevant qualification and extensive clinical experience.
  • Recognised specialist Arts psychotherapy training to Masters Level or equivalent in arts psychotherapy modality.
  • Registered or eligible for registration in UKCP, BAC or HPC council.
  • Good written and spoken English
Knowledge Essential
  • Comprehensive knowledge of theory, that gives a clear and coherent understanding of human behavior, development and psychopathology.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialized arts psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, duel diagnoses, psychosis etc.)
  • Comprehensive knowledge of psychiatric diagnosis and treatments; especially regarding personality disorders.
  • Knowledge of recovery principles and the contribution arts psychotherapy can make to this ethos
  • Knowledge of attachment theory and application to arts psychotherapy theory and practice
  • An understanding of the role of psychotherapies in the modern NHS health service; delivering a service to complex needs clients
  • Ability to select and apply arts psychotherapy interventions within the delivery of the Trusts' multiprofessional pathways and in accordance with mental health care cluster recommended interventions
  • Knowledge of other psychotherapeutic models, understanding of care pathways indicating choice of treatment.
  • Knowledge of research methodologies

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