East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) has long been recognised as a centre of excellence for mental and health care, innovation and improvement. So it is a very exciting time for you to come and work for them. Their mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving quality of life for all they serve.
To provide support into employment for people with mental health problems including:
- managing a caseload of people who wish to return to paid work, enabling them to find or retain employment by liaising with work and training providers, accessing benefits advice and by personally providing on-going support to service users in job search and after gaining employment, in accordance with evidence based supported employment practice such as the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model of supported employment
- working collaboratively with outside agencies to provide work focussed pathways for service users to achieve vocational goals such as education and voluntary work.
- To work in partnership with individuals to support them in finding paid employment, or taking steps towards this.
- To develop strong links with other agencies such as voluntary, statutory and businesses in the development of work opportunities for service users.
- To support CMHT colleagues with information about work and training opportunities.
- To report on outcome measures for the service.
- To provide monitoring/audit information to the ELFT Manager responsible for Employment Services.
- To manage a caseload of people who have experienced mental health problems who wish to return to work.
- Prepare individuals for employment by assessing each person’s individual vocational needs which might typically include identifying strengths, help with benefits, support networks, travel to work plans, etc.
- Draw up an agreed employment action plan with the individual, and provide this to the care co-ordinator and other professionals.
- Assist individuals in job search and prepare them to apply for employment/education liaising with colleagues as required e.g. Disability Employment Advisors, Jobcentre Plus, DWP contract providers and local colleges.
- Contact and meet with employers to identify job opportunities for individual clients.
- Be pro-active in developing jobs tailored to suit individual service users’ needs by contacting local employers, discussing mutual requirements and negotiating opportunities.
- Accompany job seekers to interviews if required.
- Provide education and support to employers, as agreed with the individual and provide job retention interventions to people at risk of losing their employment, negotiating adjustments to the job role with employers to enable the person to retain their employment.
- Support service users in the workplace by supporting them to learn the job role if necessary, and/or negotiating with employers to adapt the role at the start of employment or if difficulties arise in the workplace.
- To identify any barriers for return to work and develop appropriate strategies to overcome those barriers for service users who wish to gain or retain open employment maintaining a positive attitude to addressing challenges.
- Contribute to the opportunities for an individual’s increased social inclusion by developing partnership working with voluntary sector agencies, and linking with primary care employment and job retention initiatives.
- Promote the Mindful Employer initiative and best practice in mental health and employment within the Trust and in other organisations in the local area.
- To liaise with external agencies including education facilities, supported employment agencies, Jobcentre plus, department for Work & Pensions providers etc
- To contribute to research, policy and service development in mental health and employment at a local and national level.
- To cover for team members working in other areas in exceptional circumstances.
- To maintain and develop close links with referrers, care co-ordinators and Community Mental Health Teams and integrate employment services into mental health treatment.
- Educated to degree level or equivalent experience in the field of supported employment
- An understanding of the employment needs and difficulties of people who experience mental health problems
- Experience of helping people obtain or retain employment/training
- Experience of assessing service users employment skills and needs
- Experience of constructing and reviewing person-centered action plans
- Knowledge of vocational assessment and profiling
- Understanding of current Government initiatives relevant to work e.g. Access to Work, Supported Permitted Work etc
- Knowledge of good practice in employment legislation protecting Disability Equality