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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 03/06/2021.

Trust Lead for the Arts Therapies and Art Psychotherapist - Band 8b

Job Reference: 327-21-348

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
Pullman Place
£53,168 to £62,001 per annum, pro rata

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Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust was formed in October 2019, following the merger of 2gether NHS Foundation Trust and Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust. The two Trusts joined together to provide integrated mental health, physical health and learning disability services to communities.

The current Arts Therapies Trust Lead is due to retire and the Trust is pleased to offer this exciting opportunity to lead and promote the Arts Therapies in Gloucestershire Health Care NHS Trust.

The Trust is looking for someone who has excellent leadership skills, who can be an ambassador for the Arts Therapies and contribute to the strategic direction, development, implementation, and governance of psychological services and care within the Trust. The Trust’s aspiration is to achieve personalised and holistic care as part of the greater integration of mental and physical healthcare. There is significant potential to be a part of and contribute to further development of the arts therapies as part of psychologically informed culture, systems and practice

The successful applicant will be enthusiastic and keen to continue developing the arts therapies in the organisation in line with Trust wide strategy, psychological services, AHP and research developments and also forthcoming service developments in secondary mental health services and physical health. We are looking for someone who is adept in promoting the understanding of arts therapies and who is keen to innovate and develop new ways of working within our different arts therapy modalities and through the use of technological platforms.

The arts therapies team in Gloucestershire primarily consists of art psychotherapists, some dramatherapy and dance and movement therapy. We are keen that the range or arts therapies is expanded and can be accessed by a wider group of service users. Currently arts therapies are offered in CAMHs, adult community mental health, learning disabilities and acute in-patient settings for working age adults and older people.

Applicants will be expected to have an MA in Art Psychotherapy and be able to demonstrate expertise in a range of art therapy informed psychological interventions, such as art therapy based psychological formulations, mentalisation and DBT. Art therapy is a limited resource and requires effective use of skills to maximise capacity in the range of interventions offered, both individually and in group therapy. We are looking for someone who has a strong interest in clinical research and knowledge of a range of evidenced based practice approaches pertinent to the arts therapies.

The successful applicant will also have a clinical role. The current postholder works as part of the Complex Psychological interventions (CPI) team which sits within Recovery Services for adults with complex mental health issues. Clinical work will include individual and group art therapy interventions and there is a well-established art therapy group culture within the service. In addition, the postholder will be expected to offer psychological assessments, art therapy-based formulation and reflective practice/clinical supervision as an integral member of CPI.

We welcome both external and internal applicants, and some flexibility with regards to focus and location of clinical work may be possible for internal applicants.

We are keen to develop a more representative diversity of our senior staff and particularly encourage applications from those individuals with protected characteristics - in particular from Ethnic minorities, LGBTQ and disabled candidates.

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.

Closing date: 3rd June 2021

Shortlisting date: 4th June 2021

If you are interested in applying for the post and would like further information or an informal discussion please contact:

  • Angela Burton, Trust lead for the Arts Therapies, on 01452 895050 or mobile 07920294496
  • Liz Curtis, Clinical Psychologist and Head of Psychological Services, on 07771685056
  • Kate Parkhurst, CPI Team Manager, on 07825103547

The Trust aims to recruit and retain the best possible staff who, through the application of their skills, qualification and experience, will make a positive contribution to our business of providing quality health care services. It is the Trust’s view that the costs associated with moving house in order to take up a post with us should not restrict our ability to recruit the excellent people we need, therefore we support staff to relocate with our relocation policy.

This post requires the post holder to be able to undertake all statutory and mandatory training and post holders must be able to undertake physical interventions. Fitness for physical intervention will be assessed by Occupational Health.

A valid UK driving licence plus the use of own transport for business purposes is essential. For qualifying staff the Trust has a Lease Car Scheme in place and also offers a popular Salary Sacrifice Car Scheme with our partner Tusker.

To ensure you fully understand how the Trust, as a Data Controller, will process and store your data please read the attached document ‘Applicant and Staff Privacy Notice’ prior to applying for the role.

Candidates for any staff appointment shall, when making application, disclose in writing to the Trust whether they are related to any governor. Failure to disclose such a relationship may disqualify a candidate and, if appointed, may render him/her liable to dismissal.

Applicants who have been shortlisted will be contacted via NHS Jobs. Please check your account regularly. If you do not hear from us within 3 weeks of the closing date you have probably not been shortlisted. We are sorry that on some occasions we are unable to let you know the outcome of your application personally. The Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

Please note that all candidates who declare themselves on their application form to be disabled and who meet the essential criteria for the post will be shortlisted in accordance with the Trust’s Two Ticks Pledge on disability.

Applicants should note that all appointments to GHCNHSFT are subject to the completion of a satisfactory 6 month probation period.(excluding Medical Staffing appointments).

Successful candidates are expected to self-fund either an enhanced or standard or basic DBS check, and sign up to the DBS update service if required for the role.

Please note that if you are successful in your application and you have previously worked for an NHS Trust, GHCNHSFT will request confirmation of your previous NHS service from your last NHS employer via the inter authority transfer system to verify service, pension, sick pay entitlement and pay grade. Your permission will be sought at application and /or later in the process.

Flexible working arrangements will be considered. Any request will be set against genuine operational requirements and limitations and it is not obligatory for a manager to accede to the request.

For positions Band 8a and above there is a requirement to participate in an on-call rota to ensure a high quality of care for patients at all times and continued support to all staff with access to the right knowledge and expertise. For further information on this please consult the job description.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2/skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2/skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement.

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