Individual Placement and Support Employment Service
Flexible location – initially working remotely/virtually across Berkshire
For people who need mental health support, work can be a vital step on their recovery journey. But, although 90% of people with severe mental health issues want to work, only 8% of them are in paid employment. That’s why we’re looking for someone to join our team as an employment specialist, to champion our mission and help people with severe mental health issues - your clients - get into, sustain and retain paid work. You'll work across Berkshire, complementing Berkshire Healthcare's existing Individual Placement and Support (IPS) employment service team, and within our community mental health teams.
We’re a diverse team who bring many strengths together. We welcome people from a range of backgrounds and with a variety of experience for this role - you don’t need any specific qualifications or clinical experience. We’ll train you in the Individual Placement and Support approach, giving you the tools you need to provide expert support and advice to clients, while also building positive relationships with employers, opening doors and changing perceptions around mental health.
If you’re looking for a job where you can make a positive difference to the lives of people with severe mental health issues and create a fairer, more inclusive society in a role where no two days are the same, this is the role for you.
About the Job
You’ll manage a caseload of up to 20 people at any time, following the IPS approach. These will be people who have severe mental health issues and are unemployed or struggling in work due to their mental health issues. Working directly with all relevant stakeholders – including clients, CMHT staff, consultant psychiatrists and employers, Job Centre Plus, and other employment support providers – you’ll aim to enable the majority of your clients to gain, sustain or retain paid employment.
This is an incredibly rewarding role - you’ll have the opportunity to transform the lives of your clients, to give them hope, direction and support their recovery journey. It's also challenging, so you’ll need to be resilient, empathic and dedicated to finding clients a role that’s right for them. As a people person, you’ll build a good rapport with your clients, gaining a real understanding of their key skills, aspirations and career goals and finding them opportunities to match. You'll also spend time developing productive relationships with employers in order to identify and negotiate job opportunities, including in the hidden labour market.
This full-time role is offered on a fixed-term, nine-month contract starting as soon as possible. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our team is largely working remotely/virtually and we anticipate this will continue for some months ahead.
Some of the benefits of joining our team:
- Agenda for Change salary starting at £22,987 to £25,365 per annum inclusive of High Cost Area Supplement
- Flexible working opportunities and a strong emphasis on your work/life balance
- Annual leave: 27 days for new starters, plus bank holidays. Increasing to 29 days after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years NHS service. Pro rata for part time staff
- Excellent learning and development opportunities
- Salary sacrifice scheme for a new car
- Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave for eligible staff
- Advanced IT enablement and support
- Confidential telephone care service providing independent support and advice for staff
- And so much more
The ‘must haves’ for you to be considered for this role:
- Degree or equivalent experience
- Experience of working with and supporting people who have mental health issues (or other unemployed disadvantaged groups) into employment
- Strong and empathic communication and influencing skills
- A high level of organisation and perseverance
If you recognise yourself in these requirements, we recommend you apply today.
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