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Inpatient Services
Band 7
Part time 26.5 hours per week
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Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
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Callington Road Hospital
£33,222 - £43,041 per annum pro rata
27/01/2019 23:59
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Band 7 Arts Psychotherapist - Callington Road Hospital

Band 7

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) provides inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire. We also provide specialist services extending throughout the south west.

We employ over 4,000 dedicated members of staff who deliver services from more than 90 locations, working in approximately 150 teams across a geographical region of 2,200 miles, for a population of approximately 1.8million people.

We are passionate about promoting good mental health and wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise and resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe and focused on people's recovery. Our staff are pivotal in everything we do and we are committed to involving them fully in the development of the Trust and our services.


Arts Psychotherapist

Based in Bristol at Callington Road Hospital.

Hours: 0.7 wte 

Applications are invited from suitably qualified, HCPC or equivalent, and experienced Arts Psychotherapists to work within a supportive and experienced team primarily based in Callington Road Hospital, South Bristol. The team offers a range of Group and Individual creative psychological treatments across the 10 inpatient wards in Bristol and also offers a service to ward staff. We would welcome applications from across the 4 modalities of creative psychotherapy including Art, Music, Drama and Dance Movement for the above vacancy in the Bristol Inpatient Arts Psychotherapy Service.

The team provides a clinical service to adult inpatients across the two inpatient sites in Bristol and some of the work is based in Southmead Hospital. Therefore an ability to travel effectively between sites is important.

We are an innovative and creative team who work hard to offer the best quality services possible to our inpatient service users, and to ward staff. We actively support psychologically informed environments and reflect on our work using regular service user satisfaction feedback.

The successful applicant will be a resourceful, confident and flexible Arts Psychotherapist with clearly demonstrable skills and knowledge in working with people throughout the adult age range. You will be able to demonstrate experience of working with a number of different client groups in secondary mental health settings and of having been responsible for providing assessments and focussed short term creative psychotherapy interventions. We are especially interested in candidates who have an interest and experience of providing a clinical service to ward staff including Reflective Practice and clinical supervision. The role includes training about the arts psychotherapies to other MDT colleagues within the service. We would particularly value experience in additional specific therapies such as MBT, CAT or other therapeutic approaches and experience in the treatment of relational trauma. The team are enthusiastic about sharing its skills and knowledge and regularly take trainees from the 4 modalities each academic year.

For further information and to discuss this vacancy we would like to encourage you to contact Fiona Williams, Team manager on 0117 919 5771 and would welcome and strongly encourage informal enquiries and a visit to the service prior to application and interview.

This service is within the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. (AWP) which is one of the largest and most forward-looking mental health trusts in the country and provides a range of specialist services to a population of 1.6 million people across Avon, Wiltshire, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. The Arts Psychotherapists within the Trust meet regularly for Professional networking and CPD.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Fiona Williams Team Manager and Art Psychotherapist on 0117 919 5771

If you have problems applying, contact

01225 731794