Halifax, West Yorkshire
£21,089 - £23,761 per year
Contract, Full-time
Job description

Calderdale is part of the NHS England initiative to expand access to employment for people living with serious mental health conditions. The Individual Placement Support (IPS) model of employment support is an innovative and evidence based way of working and we are currently seeking an Employment Specialist work in line with IPS. 

This is a full time 37.5 hour post, and is a fixed term or secondment opportunity, until March 2021, with any continuation of this being subject to funding after March 2021. 

This is an exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of widening access to employment for people with mental health conditions while working for South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust. The post will be based in Calderdale within Community mental health teams where you will deliver employment support to individuals with severe mental health conditions across Calderdale and be a highly valued member of a team of mental health professionals, which includes psychiatrists, social workers, occupational therapists, nurses and psychologists. 

90% of people with severe mental illness say they want to work, but currently only 8% are in work. Getting into employment can be a critical part of a recovery journey, so as an employment specialist you will focus on providing motivational, supportive and person-centred advice to enable service users to secure paid employment. You will work as a member of the multi-disciplinary Core and Enhanced mental health teams in the community pathway in Calderdale and carry a caseload of 20-25 people. You will help to raise expectations around the ability of service users to access paid employment and support people into paid employment related to their preferences and skills. 

You will be passionate about joining us in this exciting new role, and be willing both to help to develop the service and transform lives through enabling people to gain paid employment. You will need a good understanding of people and of mental health conditions, along with experience of local networking and partnership work such as with the DWP. This is a dynamic and diverse role where no day is ever the same – determination and strong listening skills are essential as is being able to take initiative. Working positively with local employers and negotiating job opportunities is a key part of what you will be doing. 

You will be part of a small IPS team within the Calderdale mental health teams while having support and supervision with the IPS Team leader. Full specialist training is funded for this role. 


The Role:

The postholder will manage a caseload of up to 20-30 service users in specialist mental health services using the principles of the Individual Placement and Support model to enable people to gain paid employment. The Employment specialist will work according to the Individual Placement and Support Model (IPS) under the direction of the IPS Team Manager to deliver a holistic recovery plan for mental health service users in secondary care. Training in IPS will be provided.

The role is to work directly with all relevant stakeholders; including, service users, mental health staff in community teams, Vocational team and local partner agencies. A key part of the role is to actively engage with employers to enable service users to gain paid employment and to sustain this with ongoing support within employment as required.

Care/service/function provision: To ensure that all service users who say they want to gain paid employment are successful in accessing/gaining and retaining paid employment.

Core duties and responsibilities

  1. To work directly with mental health teams in Calderdale to generate referrals for IPS and assess service users who want paid employment using vocational profiling and an employment action plan according to their strengths and choices.
  2. To work directly with all relevant stakeholders and external agencies to ensure that the  service users meet their employment goals. This includes mental health teams, employers, local DWP, the Council Business and Economy and other Council teams.
  3. Spend time getting to know local employers in order to negotiate job opportunities that meet each individual’s strengths, needs, abilities and preferences.
  4. To ensure that service users support needs are identified in terms of barriers to employment, disclosure with the agreement of the individual and reasonable adjustments.
  5. To ensure as much as possible that the quality of work environments is explored including potential for workplace adjustments to accommodate individual strengths, skills and coping strategies.
  6. To support service users to training and education courses as appropriate.
  7. To support service users to access work placements as appropriate towards the employment goals.
  8. To provide support with CV’s, interviews, rapid job searching, and applications for employment as required.
  9. To provide the individual and employer with individualised support in work on an ongoing basis and help the person sustain employment as agreed with the individual.
  10. To maintain and update accurate records within the required IT systems to ensure prompt communication with the Multi-disciplinary team around progress, change or adverse events.
  11. To work flexibly, as required by the individual, to gain paid employment.
  12. To adhere to administrative, monitoring and evaluation systems requirements for IPS.
  13. To undertake mandatory training as required including in the IPS model.
  14. To provide and seek benefit advice for service users seeking paid employment
  15. To provide employment specialist caseload cover.

For the full job description and person specification, please see the 2 attached documents.

As part of the successful NHS England IPS bid, this full-time post is initially a fixed term contract until March 2021 with any continuation of this being subject to funding. 

We are also able to consider this post as a secondment opportunity until March 2021. For secondment, approval from your manager as to whether you would be able to take up a secondment is required before applying for the post. 

Find out more about how IPS can make a difference to people’s lives at our recruitment information session on Monday 18th November at 3.00pm at Hope Street Resource Centre, Hope Street, Halifax, HX1 5DW

Post closes on Thursday 21st November. 

For further information about the post, please see the how to apply document, job description and the person specification.


Additional documents
Trust Job Description (.doc)
IPS Specialist - Person Spec (.doc)
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Posted on: 08 November 2019
Closing date: 24 November 2019
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