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NHS Drama Therapist Band 5 Berkshire United Kingdom

NHS Drama Therapist Band 5 Berkshire United Kingdom via Workplace Doctors on a fixed term / permanent basis.

***AHP Grade: Drama Therapist Band 5
***Location: Berkshire United Kingdom
***Duration: Fixed Term (12 months with extension) / Permanent
***Pay Rate: £Negotiable (dependent on experience £28,076 to £39,693)
***Start Date: Flexible
***HCPC Registration Required (Health & Care Professionals Council) Essential


Applications from Health & Care Professionals who require a Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK, we welcome and will consider all Health & Care Professionals with appropriate experience alongside all EU and UK trained Health & Care Professionals, upon appointment the relevant paperwork will be issued to the successful applicant- if required


As a drama therapist you’ll use these performance arts to provide a safe environment to help people explore, address and deal with a range of personal and social difficulties within our clients NHS facility.

Working either on a one-to-one basis or with groups of clients, you’ll use a range of interventions, including stories, puppetry, masks, role play, drama and movement, to allow them to explore their experiences and express themselves in a way that might be easier than directly talking about it.

You can work with clients of all ages with a range of difficulties, including psychological and/or mental health issues, physical or learning disabilities or behavioural difficulties, addiction, and neurological or physical illnesses.


As a dramatherapist, you’ll need to:

  • encourage and support clients in creative drama and theatre work using techniques such as improvisation, storytelling, play, role play, myth, ritual, script work, and devising and presenting performances
  • encourage self-awareness, exploration and reflection on feelings and relationships
  • initiate spontaneous exploration of personal issues
  • enable your clients to experiment with new ways of thinking and behaving
  • use appropriate equipment, materials and therapeutic props, such as puppets
  • organise a performance resulting from working with a group, if appropriate
  • undertake assessment visits or appointments
  • take referrals from, and liaise with, other professionals such as psychologists, social workers, nurses, teachers and other therapist staff
  • write reports on your clients’ progress and the activities that you’ve undertaken with them
  • attend regular supervision sessions.


You’ll need to have:

  • a thorough knowledge of drama and theatre and good performance skills
  • the ability to adapt to different clients or group members, locations and situations
  • emotional strength and the ability to deal with challenging situations
  • a commitment to your clients’ wellbeing and to continually improving professional practice
  • excellent communication skills for dealing with a range of people, including clients, carers, colleagues and other health and education workers and agencies
  • time management and organisation skills, particularly if working for more than one employer
  • administrative and report writing skills.

This job title and description is an outline of the principal areas of responsibility and may be subject to periodic change. These duties are neither exclusive nor exhaustive and the post holder may be called upon to adapt to and undertake different or new appropriate duties as may be required in line with professional and service developments, within the grading level of the post and the competence of the post holder. Prior to any variations to your job description consultation will take place in line with the Trust’s policies and procedures


***Ability to act part of a team
***Ability to cope with a varying work load
***IELTS ( 7.5 with 7.0 in each module) – OR OET Exam Grade ‘B’ Overall for Overseas AHP Professionals
***HCPC Registration Required (Health & Care Professionals Council) Essential – We can provide guidance if needed

Note: The trust operates a policy whereby all employment for staff that have access to children / venerable adults will be subject to satisfactory DBS Disclosure ( Disclosure and Barring Service) The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) have merged to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Overseas candidates will require an international police check or character reference.

At Workplace Doctors we welcome all applications irrespective of age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race or religion.  Candidates will be offered an interview providing they meet the minimum criteria for the post.

Workplace Doctors is a recruitment agency that offers locum, fixed term and permanent medical jobs for Doctors, Nurses & AHP Medical professionals.

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Call Us today on +441234 889213 to discuss this vacancy or email your CV with your HCPC registration to info@workplacedoctors.co.uk You are also able to apply online (see below)