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Art Therapist

Band 7

Main area
Allied Health Professional
Band 7
Fixed term 1 year maternity cover
15 hours per week - part time role
Job ref
Churchill Hospital
£37,570 - £43,772 pro rata per annnum
28/07/2019 23:59

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research.

The Trust comprises four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call this Delivering Compassionate Excellence and its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via the OUH YouTube channel.


Many of our recruitment programmes use Value Based Interviewing to identify those who have the skills we seek, who share our values and who are able to deliver compassionate excellence from the outset. We know that this makes a significant difference to your job satisfaction and above all the outcomes and experience of our patients and their families.

For more information about our Values and Value Based Interviewing please visit www.ouh.nhs.uk/about/vision-and-values


Art Therapist Band 7

Sobell House Hospice, Churchill Hospital, Oxford

15 hours / week

Fixed term 1 year maternity cover

An exciting opportunity has arisen within Sobell House Hospice for a qualified Art Psychotherapist.  Sobell House is an NHS Specialist Palliative Care Service that has served the community of Oxfordshire for over 40 years. It is an integral part of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with substantial additional support being provided by Sobell House Hospice Charity. 

Art and Music Therapy are well established at Sobell House, an art therapist having been employed for over 20 years. There is a dedicated art therapy room, which is fully stocked and opens out onto a courtyard garden.

The art therapist offers emotional and psychological support to patients across all Sobell House services – inpatient unit, day service and community team. They also offer support for family members, both pre and post bereavement. Support is primarily offered on an individual basis, with scope to develop groups according to service development needs.  In addition to clinical work, the post holder will be responsible for supervising an art therapy student on placement and contributing to the development of wider arts initiatives.

We are looking for an HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist with post qualifying experience, ideally of working with patients with life limiting illness.  Experience of supporting patients who have depression and anxiety is essential, and experience of supporting people with physical disability would be an advantage. Previous experience within the NHS and knowledge of relevant computer systems is desirable.  The successful candidate will also need to demonstrate the ability to work as part of a team. Excellent communication skills are essential.

You will be responsible for assessing the emotional and psychological needs of patients as part of a multi-disciplinary team. You will be expected to hold a case load and work independently with minimal supervision.  A commitment to undertaking continuing professional development is essential, as is a willingness to contribute to the learning and development of the wider staff team at Sobell House. Some travel across Oxfordshire may be required.


Closing Date: 28th July 2019

Planned Interview Date: 5th August 2019



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Applicant requirements

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

For any queries or an informal visit (recommended) please contact:

Karolyn Baker, Deputy Matron - 07789 938841 karolyn.baker@ouh.nhs.uk

Hannah Cridford, Art Therapist: hannah.cridford@ouh.nhs.uk