Barking, Greater London
£27,228 - £28,215 per year
Contract, Full-time
Job description

We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join the Vocational Support Service.  The IPS (Individual Placement Support) Employment Support Worker will join the Vocational Support Service and newly formed IPS team working under the direction of Vocational Support Service Manager & Borough Lead O.T to deliver IPS as part of the holistic recovery plan for mental health service users. 

You will be required to manage a caseload of approximately 25 people at any time who have experienced mental health problems and who are unemployed. The Employment Support Worker is expected to deliver the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) approach. Working directly with all relevant stakeholders: the service user, recovery team staff, Consultant Psychiatrists, partner agencies and employers - you will support the service users on your caseload to gain and retain paid employment.

 

Role Purpose:

The IPS (Individual Placement Support) Employment Support Worker will join the Vocational Support Service and newly formed IPS team working under the direction of Vocational Support Service Manager & Borough Lead O.T to deliver IPS as part of the holistic recovery plan for mental health service users. 

You will be required to manage a caseload of approximately 25 people at any time who have experienced mental health problems and who are unemployed. The Employment Support Worker is expected to deliver the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) approach.  Working directly with all relevant stakeholders: the service user, Recovery team staff, consultant psychiatrists, partner agencies and employers - you will support the service users on your caseload to gain and retain paid employment.

 

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To manage a caseload of approximately 25 service users at any one time who are currently off work / unemployed, receiving specialist mental health services and who wish to return to work.
  • Meet and exceed job outcome targets for service users
  • Build relationships with clinical teams to generate referrals and create a collaborative working partnership with NHS clinicians where employment support is integrated into mental health treatment.
  • Build a multi-disciplinary approach to the return to work. For example, involve clinical staff (where relevant) in managing symptoms at work, medication reviews and supporting rehabilitation needs e.g. social skill development, budgeting, travel training etc.
  • To prepare individuals for a return to work by them in understanding their skills, aspirations and goals through vocational profiling and action planning.
  • Focus on rapid job search with the service user, whilst utilising local support networks to help them overcome their barriers to employment.
  • Source job opportunities for service users through tailored job search and regular contact with employers.
  • Spend time getting to know local employers, in order to negotiate job opportunities that meet each individual’s strengths, needs, abilities and preferences.
  • When placing service users with employers, ensure that the quality of work environments is explored, including potential for workplace adjustments that will accommodate individual strengths, skills symptoms and coping skills.
  • Support wider team by exploring ‘job carving’ i.e. carving small slices of work from the duties other staff do not have time to do.
  • To develop effective working relationships with a range of external agencies who might be better able to help individuals to achieve their employment goals for example, local colleges, training providers and external supported employment services
  • To provide education and support to employers, as agreed with the individual, which may include negotiating adjustments, return to work strategy and on-going contact with the employer to ensure job retention.
  • To provide individualised support to service users once they have returned to work to assist them in sustaining employment.
  • To maintain a professional relationship with the service users of the programme and with key internal and external stakeholders, with particular attention to confidentiality and the maintenance of boundaries.
  • Work with external agencies to maximise use of both internal and external resources in the delivery of vocational support services
  • To adhere to administrative and data capture protocols which record the progress of individuals, and to keep accurate and complete records of casework.
  • Ensure that effective monitoring and evaluation systems are adhered to and keep abreast of changing practice within vocational rehabilitation
  • To undertake mandatory training as required including training in the IPS approach
  • To actively participate in own continuous professional development
  • To ensure that all relevant policies are implemented such as information governance, safeguarding etc.
  • To regularly collect and promote service user employment recovery stories.

Qualifications:

  • Educated to Level III & evidence of continuing professional development
  • Trained in IPS approach (desired)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Employability Services Sector Qualification (desired)
  • Mental Health First Aid Qualification or ASIST trained
  • Evidence skills to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of different professionals
  • Minimum of 2 years' experience working in an employment related or mental health setting/field

See the attached job description for more details on the person specification.

 

IMPORTANT- Information for applicants

Please complete your application form in full as CV’s will not be taken into consideration as part of your application.

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Posted on: 03 June 2020
Closed date: 30 June 2020
Job ref: IPSGAd-BDC-CMS00154
Tags: Support Worker, Vocational/Services

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