Employment Specialist

BED Individual Placement and Support, Luton Posted on Employment Specialist


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 us. Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive – so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.


We are expanding our Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Employment Service within East London NHS Foundation Trust. This is an exciting opportunity to join our well-established Employment Service which delivers mental health employment support across Bedfordshire and Luton.

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For people who need mental health support, getting back into work is a vital step on their recovery journey. The evidence backs this up, but although 90% of people with severe mental illness want to work, only 8% of them are in paid employment.

Thats why were looking for individuals to join our existing Employment Specialists, to champion our mission and help people who need employment support to get back into work. You will be supporting service users who are under the care of Secondary Mental Health services to gain and retain paid employment and will be based within a clinical team.

The Responsibilities:

  • 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 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

The Person:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent experience in the field of supported employment
  • Experience of helping people obtain or retain employment/training
  • Experience of constructing and reviewing person-centred action plans
  • Word-processing/computing skills
  • Knowledge of vocational assessment and profiling
  • Knowledge of good practice in employment Legislation protecting Disability Equality
  • An understanding of the principles and practice of supported employment

The above list of responsibilities and personal criteria is not exhaustive please see the job description and personal specification for more detail.

About Company

East London NHS Foundation Trust
9 Alie St, London E1 8DE

Job Information

Status: Open No of vacancies: 1 Job type: Full Time Salary: £24907 - £30615 /Per Year Publish date: 18 Feb 2021 Expire in: 2 days

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