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You will work to the Individual Placement and Support Model of employment support and will be embedded within the relevant secondary care team. You will also spend time working in community based settings as required by the Model.
Direct employer engagement is an important part of the role.
Employment specialists are trained to provide people with support, coaching, CV development, interview training, and on-the-job support. IPS puts the service user's preferences at the centre of attention, as the service user decides whether or not employers and potential employers know about their mental illness and whether or not their employment advisor contacts the employer on his or her behalf. The service user also decides which jobs to apply for and how many hours he or she wants to work. The decision about how much to work is often influenced by a desire to transition to a working life while minimising the risk of being both out of work and without benefits.
Individual Placement Support is based on 8 key principles:
1.Primary goal is to achieve competitive employment with central focus to support job seekers gaining paid employment
2.Everyone is eligible with free service user decision of when to start return to work process
3.Job search is consistent with individual preferences
4.Job search is rapid
5.Co-location of employment specialists and clinical
6.Information about benefits is provided to help
7.Support is time unlimited and customised, to both the employee and the employer.
8. Employment specialists develop relationships with employers based upon a person’s work preferences.
We currently have three vacancies of which one is a slightly more senior role requiring enhanced experience of IPS fidelity and data management systems. Please indicate which vacancy you are interested in. Full job descriptions can be downloaded.
To apply please submit your CV and a covering letter. Your covering letter should be a supporting statement covering the following points:
Why you are interested in the position?
What is your strongest personal quality that will enable you to succeed in the role?
What are your relevant skills and experience? Please align to the person specification