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Music Therapist London

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust London United Kingdom

1 week ago

Music Therapist

NHS AfC: Band 7

Main areaMusic TherapistGradeNHS AfC: Band 7ContractFixed term: 23 months HoursPart time - 30Job ref196-LIS7514-A

EmployerGuy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation TrustEmployer typeNHSSiteEvelina London Children's HospitalTownLondonSalary£49,036 - £55,049 p.a. inclusive of HCA (pro rata)Salary periodYearlyClosingToday at 23:59

Guy’s and St Thomas’ is among the UK’s busiest and most successful NHS foundation trusts. We provide a full range of hospital and community services for people in south London and as well as specialist care for patients from further afield including cancer, renal, orthopaedic, respiratory and cardiovascular services.

Guy’s is home to the largest dental school in Europe and a £160 million Cancer Centre opened in 2016. As part of our commitment to provide care closer to home, in 2017 we also opened a cancer centre and a kidney treatment centre at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup. St Thomas’ has one of the largest critical care units... in the UK and one of the busiest emergency departments in London. It is also home to Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

Evelina London cares for local children in Lambeth and Southwark and provides specialist services across south east England including cardiac, renal and critical care services. We lead a number of specialist service networks aiming to ensure children are treated locally where possible, but have access to specialist expertise when they need it. Our community services include health visiting, school nursing and support for families of children with long-term conditions.

Our adult community services teams deliver care at the heart of the local communities we serve, working in partnership with GPs, local authorities and other healthcare and voluntary sector organisations. Working with our partners in Lambeth and Southwark, we are focusing on new ways of working to improve care for local patients.

In February 2021 the Royal Brompton and Harefield joined Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, bringing together world-leading expertise in the care and research of heart and lung disease. Our merger provides a once in a generation opportunity to build a lasting, world-renowned heart and lung centre, providing the highest quality care for patients and conducting world-leading research.

We have a reputation for clinical excellence and high quality teaching and research. We are part of King’s Health Partners, one of eight accredited UK academic health sciences centres. In partnership with King’s College London we have dedicated clinical research facilities and a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre.

Patients are at the heart of everything we do and we pride ourselves on ensuring the best possible patient experience as well as safe, high quality care. We are proud to have one of the lowest mortality rates in the NHS. Following a comprehensive Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection in 2019 we maintained our overall rating of ‘good’. Our adult community services achieved a rating of ‘outstanding’.

The commitment of our 23,500 staff is key to our success. We are one of the largest local employers and we aim to develop and support all our staff so they are able to deliver high quality, safe and efficient care. The 2019 NHS staff survey results show that we have one of the most engaged and motivated workforces in the NHS. We know this has a positive impact on the care provided to our patients.

We have one of the most ambitious capital investment programmes anywhere in the NHS.

Job overview

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic Music Therapist with experience, passion and flexibility to join our specialist Paediatric Psychology Service. The post contains a range of duties which include a combination of direct clinical work with both in and outpatients and their families, and work with staff teams through teaching, consultation and supervision.

Music therapy is well respected within the Evelina multi-disciplinary teams. The post holder will work closely with the multidisciplinary teams, and these partnerships offer an opportunity for the therapist to further extend their skills through collaborative work with children and families in a wide variety of contexts.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be part of the Paediatric Psychology Service, which also includes Clinical Psychologists, and works alongside Medical, Nursing, and Allied Health Professional colleagues. Our ideal candidate is able to work as an independent, autonomous clinician and also contribute to an MDT focused psychosocial approach. The post holder will be able to respond flexibly and effectively to supporting the needs of children with a wide variety of health, developmental and social needs. They will also be responsive to families who benefit from joined up, collaborative work with other related professionals.

An active engagement with activities of continuing professional development is encouraged and the post offers opportunities to use research skills for audit, policy and service development.

Excellent support will be provided including clinical supervision, regular managerial supervision, CPD opportunities, and administrative assistance. We invite skilled clinicians with the necessary skills and experience to apply.

Working for our organisation

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust comprises five of the UK’s best known hospitals – Guy’s, St Thomas’, Evelina London Children’s Hospital, Royal Brompton and Harefield – as well as community services in Lambeth and Southwark, all with a long history of high quality care, clinical excellence, research and innovation.

We are among the UK’s busiest, most successful foundation trusts. We provide specialist care for patients including heart and lung, cancer and renal services as well as a full range of local hospital and community services for people in Lambeth and Southwark.

We have a long tradition of clinical and scientific achievement and – as part of King’s Health Partners – we are one of England’s eight academic health sciences centres, bringing together world-class clinical services, teaching and research. We have one of the National Institute for Health Research’s biomedical research centres, established with King’s College London in 2007, as well as dedicated clinical research facilities.

Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals joined Guy’s and St Thomas’ in February 2021 and is the largest specialist heart and lung centre in the UK and among the largest in Europe. We provide treatment for people with heart and lung disease, including rare and complex conditions, offering some of the most sophisticated treatment that is available anywhere in the world.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The Music Therapy post will form part of the Paediatric Psychology Service and provide music therapy services across inpatient and outpatient populations, following children through their whole treatment journey within and beyond the Evelina. This will include the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of individual and group interventions across a wide age range and a range of medical specialities. Work will be delivered in outpatient clinics and a range of inpatient settings including, but not limited to, inpatient wards, Dialysis Day Unit, Paediatric Intensive Care, Accident and Emergency, and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The post holder will ensure effective clinical outcomes and provide a positive patient experience utilising Music Therapy. It will ensure that music is seen as an integral part of clinical excellence and audit, evaluate and develop the service to best meet the needs of the hospital population.

Please see attached JD and Person Specification for full information
Person specification


Essential criteria

MA/MSc/MMT or equivalent in Music Therapy

Registered Arts Therapist with Health & Care Professions Council

Met conditions of Full Membership of BAMT


Essential criteria

Assessed experience of working as a qualified Music Therapist.

Experience of working with children and young people

Ability to assess complex client needs in a clinical setting and identify suitable interventions, taking into account diagnostic and risk factors.

Understanding of how Music Therapy interventions may be adapted to meet a wide range of service user needs and institutional settings


Essential criteria

A strong ability to communicate at both a written and oral level, imparting complex, highly technical and clinically sensitive information to patients, their families, and carers and a wide range of lay and professional people within and outside the NHS

Desirable criteria

Specialist knowledge of the role of Music Therapy in paediatric healthcare, and related areas such as attachment and trauma.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ celebrates, respects and values the diversity of its staff and patients. We review our policies, procedures and practices to ensure that all employees, patients and carers are treated equitable according to their needs. We are actively committed to ensuring that no one who applies for a job, works or study’s at the Trust, or accesses our services is discriminated against on the grounds of race, ethnicity, nationality, disability, religion or belief, age, gender identity , gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity/paternity, or marital/civil partnership.

Applications are welcomed from applicants with a disability. We can make reasonable adjustments and offer support and advice in a variety of ways throughout the application process. Equality of opportunity is our policy.

As an organisation we are committed to developing our services in ways that best suit the needs of our patients. This means that some staff groups will increasingly be asked to work a more flexible shift pattern so that we can offer services in the evenings or at weekends.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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NameAmelia CartonJob titleClinical PsychologistEmail addressView email address on guysandstthomas.nhs.ukTelephone numberView phone number on

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