Gloucester, Gloucestershire
£24,907 - £30,615 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Trust are looking to recruit an Employment Specialist as part of the Trust IPS (Individual Placement and Support) Service. You will work alongside the Specialist Mental Health Teams but also support additional community mental health teams within the organisation.

The Role:

You will work under the supervision of the Lead Employment Specialist with management support from the IPS/Vocational Services Manager.

Candidates will have a degree or equivalent qualification or will be a qualified mental health professional, for example, a registered Occupational Therapist, Nurse or Social Worker. Experience of working within health, Social Services or the Voluntary Sector is essential, preferably supporting clients experiencing mental health issues.

It is essential that the post holder is familiar with the IPS model; formal training in the model will be given. We will expect you to have an understanding of the challenges faced by mental health service users in gaining and sustaining employment.

You will be creative with available resources, and it is very important that you are able to communicate effectively with a wide range of agencies, sharing and presenting information clearly

Key Responsibilities:

  • Proactively manage a caseload of people who have experienced mental health problems who are unemployed and economically inactive.
  • Provide employment support for our client group who are furthest away from the job market to move them closer to their employment goals, in the hope that these achievements aid individuals’ recovery and social inclusion goals.
  • Work within a multidisciplinary environment with service users with complex needs, supporting them to move into employment and sustain this or other recovery, in conjunction with key stakeholders.
  • Liaise closely with DWP providers.
  • Work proactively at employer engagement including educational, voluntary work and pre-vocational training opportunities and supporting employers on reasonable adjustments and retention of employees where necessary.
  • Work within the principle of IPS and maintain own performance data to be collated and submitted to NHS England and other stakeholders

The Person:

  • The successful candidates will be part of Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Trust‘s IPS Employment Service.
  • You will have experience both in the field of employment support and with clients experiencing mental ill-health
  • You will be capable of working independently and have the ability to take initiative, including making direct approaches to employers.
  • Personal experience of recovery from mental ill-health is seen as an additional advantage in applying for this post although not essential.

If you feel you can meet the challenge of this exciting post we would welcome your application.

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.

Closing date: 23rd November 2020

Shortlisting date: 24th November 2020

The Trust aims to recruit and retain the best possible staff who, through the application of their skills, qualification and experience, will make a positive contribution to our business of providing quality health care services. It is the Trust’s view that the costs associated with moving house in order to take up a post with us should not restrict our ability to recruit the excellent people we need, therefore we support staff to relocate with our relocation policy.

This post requires the post holder to be able to undertake all statutory and mandatory training and post holders must be able to undertake physical interventions. Fitness for physical intervention will be assessed by Occupational Health.

A valid UK driving licence plus the use of own transport for business purposes is essential. For qualifying staff the Trust has a Lease Car Scheme in place and also offers a popular Salary Sacrifice Car Scheme with our partner Tusker.

To ensure you fully understand how the Trust, as a Data Controller, will process and store your data please read the attached document ‘ Applicant and Staff Privacy Notice’ prior to applying for the role.

Candidates for any staff appointment shall, when making application, disclose in writing to the Trust whether they are related to any governor.  Failure to disclose such a relationship may disqualify a candidate and, if appointed, may render him/her liable to dismissal. 

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Refreshed on: 17 December 2020
Closed date: 16 January 2021
Job ref: IPSG-CJ-327-20-898
Tags: Social Care/Development, Support Worker

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