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ELM MUSIC THERAPY is currently the largest provider of music therapy services in the North East of Scotland. Although currently primarily working with children and adolescents, they are now expanding to work with adults and elderly clients. ELM Music Therapy has been established since 2014 and two full-time music therapists working under its umbrella. Although both therapists are based in the city, they travel to a variety of locations both within Aberdeen city and in Aberdeenshire. 

“I began working with ELM Music Therapy after I graduated from QMU in 2020. I began working with clients across Aberdeenshire in different schools, as well as working with private clients of different ages. I enjoyed the variety of clients that ELM was able to reach and felt that Emmeline took a lot of care into arranging my work at a pace that worked well for me. Even though I was working during COVID, I found that my schedule quickly grew to be fulltime.

ELM also considered my interests as a therapist and arranged for me to work with client groups that I had particular interest in, such as young carers. I have also gained confidence with client groups I did not previously have experience in and am extremely supported through supervision with Emmeline. 

It’s been a dream working with ELM over the last two years and I can’t wait to see what the next few years bring!” – Nadine Allan (ELM Music Therapist)

We are currently seeking a Music Therapist to join our small team at ELM Music Therapy to provide music therapy in a number of different settings including; at Orchard Brae School, Quarryhill School, The Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital and with Team Jak – Jak’s Den Aberdeen. ELM also currently have a large waiting list with a number of new opportunities arising. 

The ideal candidate will have relevant experience of working within a variety of settings, have good management and organisational skills, excellent communication skills and approach clients and staff with a positive attitude. The candidate should be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). 

For further details, please review the job description and person specification and refer to the ELM Music Therapy website: www.elmmusictherapy.com. For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Emmeline McCracken: 07969876483. 

To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter to emmeline@elmmusictherapy.com. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by email. 

Job Description: Music Therapist

Responsible to: Emmeline McCracken (ELM Owner and Senior Music Therapist)

Main Objectives of the Position: To provide a peripatetic music therapy service to clients within Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Primarily at;

Orchard Brae School 

Quarryhill School

Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital 

and Team Jak – Jak’s Den Aberdeen

The post-holder will be working alongside two other music therapists at ELM as well as other therapists and professionals in a variety of settings, working directly with clients, contributing to the positive culture and ethos in which the needs of the clients are paramount and provide them with security, safety, care and social development to enable them to reach their potential. 

Key Responsibilities (General)
  1. To adhere to the requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Codes of Practice and to ensure that the highest possible standards of professional practice are maintained. 
  • To participate in role specific, induction training.
  • To receive regular supervision from the Management Team.
Key Responsibilities (Music Therapist)
  • Liaise with Care/ Education Teams on a regular basis.
  • Assess the needs of the clients and provide individual or group music therapy sessions according to need. 
  • Provide music therapy sessions to clients referred through the ELM Music Therapy referral process.
  • Ensure accurate observations and records of all clinical work are made and shared where necessary in particular settings. 
  • Produce written reports for reviews as requested and provide verbal updates to necessary teams, care-givers and parents. 
  • Attend, where possible, regular group ELM Music Therapy supervision settings.  
  1. Maintain instruments in good working order. 
  1. Supervise music therapy students on practice placement where applicable. 

We are looking for a dynamic, experienced, flexible and motivated music therapist. The successful applicant should meet the following essential criteria: 

  • The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered. 
  • Experience of practising music therapy in a variety of different settings.   
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Good management and organisational skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Understanding of the ‘duty of care’ to clients and colleagues. 
  • Experience, skill and commitment to working within a multi-disciplinary setting.
  • A positive and supportive attitude to clients and staff.
  • Driving licence preferred. 
  • Knowledge of Makaton signing system preferred.