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Adult Mental Health Art Therapy Co-ordinator - Inspired Neighbourhood

Job Description:
We are looking for a project coordinator who is experienced and qualified in art therapy. The service will provide Art Therapy as part of mental health well-being interventions to adults challenged by mental distress. You will come with an experience of working with communities from diverse backgrounds and delivering service in faith and culturally sensitive manner. Experience of evaluating varied mental health well-being techniques will be an advantage. You will manager a team of four staff and seasonal workers. The successful candidate will be required to have an enhanced DBS check. Job share will be considered.

To coordinate and lead the service to engage clients to:

  • Developing suitable art therapy programs for service users based on their needs, objectives, and preferred forms of artistic expression.
  • Conducting art, therapy sessions with service users using various types of visual art, including drawing, sculpting, drama, stand-up, painting, ceramics, and clay modelling.
  • Discussing service user artworks with them to evaluate the meaning and emotions behind the artworks.
  • Collaborating with other healthcare practitioners e.g. Future Focus Team, Arts organisations, to develop or integrate personalized treatment plans.
  • Teaching patients coping skills and strategies to enable them to deal with challenging and traumatic experiences.
  • Conducting group or family art therapy sessions as required.
  • Supervising art therapy students and interns.
  • Maintaining detailed records of patients' progress as well as observations made during art therapy sessions.
  • Exercise co-ordination within the Inspired Neighbourhoods Adult Health service and ensure that services are provided in line with current local and national policy & guidance for people with Mental Health, which promotes the rights and inclusion of the client group.
  • Undertake all aspects of practice as an autonomous practitioner within an agreed policy framework.
  • To act as a point of contact for family, carers and other professionals during the service users time within the service.
  • The post holder will participate in annual performance reviews of the activities of the relevant service, in which appropriate targets will be defined.
  • Establish all reporting systems to ensure that all targets are achieved as per funding requirement
  • Operational accountability rests with Art Therapy Coordinator (ATC) and to report to the Inspired Neighbourhoods Adult Mental Health Lead.
  • The post work plan will be developed by the Art Therapy Co-ordinator and set by the Senior management team.
  • The ATC will provide Management Supervision and performance monitoring for staff assigned to the project will be provided by the Health Lead.
  • The ATC will act as a resource and point of contact for all referral agencies and client carers.
  • Work with the appropriate users, internal professionals, support staff and external agencies to support professional development and practice.
  • Raise the profile of the health care needs of Adults with mental health
  • Liaise with other voluntary services.
  • Actively promote Inspired Neighbourhoods Adult Mental Health services to service users, families and carers and other professionals and developing and maintaining networks with partners in primary, community and Mental health services.
  • Promote active participation of service users and their families/carers.
  • Assess, support and encourage service users to participate in the art therapy groups advise accordingly.
  • Assess and advise accordingly on issues surrounding the complex needs of BAME people with mild to moderate and long term mental health.
  • The post holder will receive management supervision as described above and also to supervise the workers working in the Creative and Well People Project
  • The post holder is expected to work within the policy frameworks of Inspired Neighbourhoods.
  • The post holder is expected to plan and organise their own diary and daily working schedule as well as attending and facilitating meetings. They are responsible for ensuring their own administration returns such as timesheets, travel etc are completed on time, are accurate and are submitted through the correct channels.
  • The post holder will support staff in undertaking their designated areas of work
  • The post holder will ensure all Core Training, as identified by the Health Lead are completed by all staff.
  • Post holder will ensure that client data is stored under consent on Inspired Neighbourhoods digital systems.
  • To be a competent and knowledgeable practitioner. To act as a role model within the speciality field and work across a large organisation challenging culture and attitude to all staff groups.
  • Develop constructive relationships by attending, and contributing specialist knowledge to, case conferences/clinical meetings and discharge planning meetings as appropriate, and to make referrals direct to social
    services/other agencies as required.
  • Support and enable mainstream health services to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ with their care delivery for people with Mental Health.
  • Ensure all Adult Mental Health support staff receive appropriate supervision and provide a high quality service.
  • Facilitate the meeting of individual healthcare through art therapy for people with mild to moderate and complex mental health needs.
  • Actively assist adults with Mental health, as well as carers and health and social staff when using mainstream health services.
  • Provide support and advice regarding best interest and consent to the service user, their family or carer(s) and the professionals involved in decision making about their care.
  • Provide support and advice regarding safeguarding issues specifically for Mental health but also, in respect of advice, more widely.
  • To act as an advocate for users with Mental health ensuring the provision of appropriate information and support.
  • Work in alongside the Health Lead to provide a comprehensive, innovative and accessible Adult Mental Health Service.
  • Identify staff training needs in relation to mental health and assisting with the development of session materials/training packages.
  • Implement suitable information systems to monitor and report on critical elements and identify action(s) to be taken as required.
  • Assess the impact of local and national initiatives and provide feedback to the Health Lead.
  • Ensure client and personnel confidentiality at all times, and store all confidential information securely in line with the data protection legislation.
  • Be GDPR compliant.
  • Ensure systems to support people with Mental Health in community Mental health settings.
  • Liaise with Health Lead on financial needs of the service.
  • Co-ordinate and assist in the delivery of training to meet identified needs, specifically to ensure that staff in the service are aware of and able to meet the needs of people with a Mental health. This should include safeguarding adults.
  • Contribute to or deliver training sessions to all staff groups.
  • Co-ordinate meetings and provide regular updates to Service Lead.
  • Ensure the service adheres to legislation requirements as identified within the Inspired Neighbourhoods Health department.
  • Make recommendations and participate in the formulation of new working practice policies.
  • Contribute to Risk and Health & Safety audit (when applicable)
  • To utilise information systems as instructed (including paper based and electronic system). To gather, record and maintain information on individual clients and general work activity. To ensure all returns to Comic Relief are completed in a timely manner
  • Contribute to the development of healthcare information and resources in accessible formats for service users and their families/carers.
  • Assist staff and others in providing information so that the health needs of people with mental health are reflected with mainstream health service priorities.
  • To be a highly competent and knowledgeable practitioner within a speciality.
  • To act as a role model with the speciality field.
  • Ensure that own clinical and theoretical skills are maintained and ensure awareness of current developments.
  • Provide an innovative and progressive attitude to personal and professional development, underpinned by research and evidence based practice.
  • To participate in regular clinical supervision sessions in order to receive professional support and time to reflect upon practice.
  • Ensure robust risk management systems are in place.

Weekly Wage:
£25000 Per Annum
Employer Name & Location:
Inspired Neighbourhoods, Bradford City Centre
Working week - contracted hours / full time / part time:
37.5 hours per week
Number of vacancies & closing date for applications:
1 Vacancy, Closing Date is  27th May 2022
Duration – Perm / temp
18 months fixed
Essential and Desirable Skills:

  • Art and or Art Therapy Mental Health Qualification
  • Degree Level or Equivalent
  • Leadership Qualification
  • Working Knowledge of Community Based Mental Health Art Therapy
  • In–depth understanding of professional and current issues in Adult Mental Health
  • In-depth understanding of the health needs of people with Mental Health and the health inequalities of people with Mental Health,
  • An in depth knowledge of the reports into the unmet health needs of people with Mental Health.
  • An in-depth knowledge of the assessment and treatment of mental health/physical health needs of people with Mental health.
  • Factual knowledge of the wider Voluntary Community sector offers.
  • Experience of Mental health art therapy service co-ordination.
  • Experience of leading and managing a team of staff including management of conflict, absence etc.
  • Experience of caring for patients with Mental Health in a general environment
  • Excellent managerial, leadership and organisational skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent teaching, training and preceptorship skills.
  • Ability to work across professional team and organisational boundaries.
  • Skilled negotiator.
  • Counselling skills.
  • Ability to deal with highly emotional situations and support staff.
  • Ability to support staff with bereavement care.
  • Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Ability to deal with conflict situations.
  • Shares information and good practice appropriately
  • Ability to problem solve and initiate change.
  • Analytical skills.
  • Ability to delegate and prioritise.
  • Ability to managing various demanding agendas at the time.
  • Ability to work as an autonomous practitioner.
  • A flexible approach to work.
  • Effective time management.
  • Ability to undertake the tasks of the job.
  • Good attendance record
  • A flexible approach to work.
  • Effective time management.
  • Ability to deal with conflict situations
  • Accountability – Takes responsibility for own actions and promotes good team working
  • Openness – Shares information and good practice appropriately
  • Mutual respect – Treats others with courtesy and respect at all times
  • Ability to undertake the tasks relevant to the role
  • Ability to deal with exposure to distressing circumstances
  • Ability to support staff with bereavement
  • Ability to deal with highly emotional situations and support staff
  • Ability to maintain concentration

Training Provided:
On the job training is provided in this role.



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