Permanent - Part Time - 15 hours per week.
MHA is a large national charity that enables
people to live later life well. Music therapy is one of the charity's initiatives to help achieve this, particularly, for people living with dementia. The MHA music therapy service, which featured in the BBC TV programme Our Dementia Choir with Vicky McClure, was developed through our PhD (Hsu, Flowerdew, Parker et al., 2015) and clinical research (Mangiacotti, Hsu, Barone et al., 2019). The service aims to enhance quality of life and help personalise care in
care homes. Over the years, we have continued to engage in research for patient benefit and have ongoing collaboration with the universities in the UK and EU.
We are pleased to be able to recruit for an exciting new opportunity for a music therapist registered with the Health Care Professions Council to join the award-winning music therapy team. This post will be an expansion of the current music therapy service to a dementia care service in Whitstable
. We are recruiting for the following positions based on
pro rata plus a benefits package. This includes daily travel expenses, monthly team meetings providing CPD activities and peer group support, holiday entitlement and supervision allowance. We would welcome an expression of interest from music therapy trainees who are due to qualify this year.
The music therapy practice at MHA is evidence-based and informed by several disciplines. These include cognitive psychology, affective neuroscience, up-to-date research in dementia care (prevention, diagnosis, long-term care, end of life care and support for carers) and the emerging theories of psychosocial interventions.
Therefore, we are seeking therapists who endeavor to upscale their knowledge and skills through our specialist training which is informed by the above disciplines. The ability to communicate effectively and work flexibly as part of the multidisciplinary team in care homes is essential. You must have your own transport, hold a full clean driving licence
and have a clear Disclosure and Barring Service check.
Applicants are advised to refer to MHA
s proof of concept study: Hsu, Flowerdew, Parker, Fachner & Odell-Miller (2015). Individual music therapy for managing neuropsychiatric symptoms for people with dementia and their carers: a cluster randomised controlled feasibility study.
BMC geriatrics, 15(1), p.1. and Hsu, M. H. (2016). Caregivers
dual role in music therapy to manage neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia (pp. 120-144). In J. Strange, H. Odell-Miller & E. Richards (Eds),
Collaboration and assistance in music therapy practice, London: Jessica Kingsley publishers.