These are the values that we live by at Berkshire Healthcare:
- Caring for and about you is our top priority
- Committed to providing good quality, safe services
- working Together with you to develop innovative solutions
We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.
For people who need mental health support, work can be a vital step on their recovery journey. But, although 90% of people with severe mental health issues want to work, only 8% of them are in paid employment. That’s why we’re looking for someone to join our team as an employment specialist, to champion our mission and help people with severe mental health issues - your clients - get into, sustain and retain paid work.
The Individual Placement and Support employment service team is diverse and brings many strengths together. We welcome people from a range of backgrounds and with a variety of experience for this role - you don’t need any specific qualifications or clinical experience. We’ll train you in the Individual Placement and Support approach, giving you the tools you need to provide expert support and advice to clients, while also building positive relationships with employers, opening doors and changing perceptions around mental health.
If you’re looking for a job where you can make a positive difference to the lives of people with severe mental health issues and create a fairer, more inclusive society in a role where no two days are the same, this is the role for you.
- Motivate and support a caseload of a maximum of 20 clients at any one time who are currently unemployed or struggling to retain employment and receiving support from specialist mental health services.
- Build the profile of employment within clinical teams, and raise expectations about the ability of clients to access and benefit from paid work. Promote the IPS service through regular team meetings and informal mechanisms.
- Integrate fully into relevant community mental health teams and meet and liaise regularly with team colleagues to generate referrals, coordinate and align employment support with mental health treatment.
- Engage effectively with clients, building hopeful and empowering relationships, aimed at increasing individual confidence and self-belief.
- Support clients to understand their skills, aspirations and goals through employment profiling and action planning.
- Complete employment profiles and effective actions plans to enable individuals to identify their preferred job match based on individual preferences, work history, education, transferrable skills and needs.
- Assess the individual’s work-related support needs e.g. travel to work, purchase of new/appropriate clothing as required.
- Source meaningful paid job opportunities for clients through rapid, tailored job search and regular contact with employers. Spend time getting to know local employers, in order to identify and negotiate job opportunities in the hidden labour market that meet each individual’s strengths, needs, abilities and preferences.
- Degree or equivalent experience
- Trained in the IPS approach
- Experience of working with and supporting people who have mental health issues (or other unemployed disadvantaged groups) into employment
- Experience of partnership working, negotiation and liaison work with other agencies
- Knowledge of disability and special needs issues, policies and legislation in relation to employment
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
The above list of responsibilities and personal criteria is not exhaustive please see the job description and personal specification for more detail.