Hillside Clubhouse supports people with mental health issues into employment. Their Work and Wellbeing service works to the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Model in secondary care and an adapted IPS model in primary care and Jobcentre Plus.
They are seeking an employment specialist to join this busy exciting team to deliver an IPS service to a secondary care team. The role holder will be a self-starter, enthusiastic, and passionate about supporting people with disabilities into work. Please see the job description for more information.
Previous IPS experience is preferred but dynamism with other relevant transferrable experience is also valued.
- To assess employment and support mental health needs and provide support to meet those needs.
- To offer individual guidance and advice (including screening, assessment, vocational profiling, action planning (and reviews), CV development, job search support, interview skills, coping techniques etc) to individuals to achieve their employment and development goals led by and focused on the aspirations of the service user.
- To provide practical supports that might be necessary to enable someone to secure and/or sustain or retain employment (e.g. supporting to interview, in work support, reasonable adjustments, fulfilling Equality Act obligations and raising employer awareness).
- To build up close collaborative working relationships with partner agencies including clinical teams, JCP, London Borough of Camden, voluntary and community sector agencies, the Trust, employers, and any other organisations that might benefit wellbeing or be expedient in someone’s journey to employment.
- To ensure/enable ‘better off benefits’ calculations and advice are undertaken for all people using the service wishing to return to work
- To develop and maintain the integration of mental health treatment and employment support by establishing effective liaison with mental health treatment teams.
- To provide jobsearch support directly and through direct approaches to employers (minimum of six face to face contacts a week) to match individuals’ job aspirations and to maintain an in-depth knowledge of the local labour market.
- To maintain and/or develop an awareness of other support mechanisms available externally (e.g. JobCentre Plus initiatives, Access to Work, Work Choice, Work and Health Programme JCP employment health condition and disability guide notes, Hillside Clubhouse) and to enable access to services as people might need.
- To enable people accessing the service to access additional practical supports where needed (including housing, legal, services etc, referral for IAPT etc) or to provide that support directly if appropriate.
- To keep up to date with accurate information on local resources, facilities, training and employment and to keep up to date with changes to employment legislation and changes to the benefit system
- To provide ongoing job sustainment support to service users who enter employment in order to ensure employment sustainability and to support people to move from part-time to full-time employment where desired.
- Promotion, training and championing to mental health care teams to raise awareness and achieve culture change around employment and to regularly attend clinical team meetings.
- Effectively manage own caseloads and monitoring, reviewing and reporting activity and outcomes in line with service targets and IPS principles.
- To work diligently at all times in line with the Equal Opportunities Policy
- To maintain all documentation and statistics as required by the service.
- Meet with the IPS Operations Manager for formal supervision and to agree and review caseloads and targets.
- To work in line with Hillside Clubhouse risk management procedures.
- To work out of hours when required.
- Undertake any training as may be required by the role
- To attend and participate in meetings as required (internal and external).
- As the post operates in a changing environment, the duties of the post holder may alter from time to time following discussion but management reserve the right to make changes in the interest of best practice.
- To undertake any other tasks as delegated by the line manager or the Executive Director and to work from any other locations as may be necessary for service delivery.
- The post operates in a new and emerging rapidly changing environment and duties may change for time to time as the needs of the service dictate.
- Knowledge and experience of developing and supporting people into mainstream employment and supporting sustainment and/or job retention.
- Good written and oral communication skills.
- Excellent interpersonal skills including enthusiasm, motivation and positive disposition.
- Ability and knowledge of working effectively with people with mental health problems, other disabilities or vulnerable adults including understanding of work implications (e.g loss of confidence, fear of failure etc).
- Ability to lead, motivate and encourage (including training and coaching skills).
- Ability and willingness to travel regularly within Camden and outside of Camden (e.g. to employers) and work at different locations in the community and externally to meet service users at venues of their choice whenever necessary
- Willingness to undertake any relevant training
- Experience of multi-agency liaison
- Experience and success at enabling job vacancies with employers
- Ability to work in a team and foster good working relationships.
- Experience and ability of delivering agreed targets.
- Ability to work to own initiative and independently and plan and manage own caseload
- Computer literacy (Windows/Word Processing/Spreadsheets/Database/Internet)
- Ability to collect and report data to support service performance and evaluation
- Commitment to equal opportunities and diversity
- Willingness to be flexible and work outside of normal working hours where necessary
Please see the full job description and application form below: