Employment Specialist

Yorkshire Posted on Employment Specialist


This is an exciting opportunity to join our nationally recognised Centre of Excellence, IPS (Individual, Placement and Support) Employment Service.  The successful applicant will work with service users with severe and enduring mental health conditions, to gain competitive paid employment, using the Individual Placement and Support model.

This is an opportunity to work in an innovative way which is proven to result in remarkable outcomes for users of Adult Mental Health Services.  The role involves liaison and integration with a wide range of health and social care professionals in a Community Mental Health Team setting.  The successful candidate will be expected to develop relationships with clinicians and local employers to secure employment opportunities and subsequently provide on-going support according to employees' and employer's needs.

Support and training will be provided by the team, but the post holder is required to take responsibility for autonomous planning of their workload, using initiative in order to deliver performance targets, without direct supervision.  This is a fixed-term contract until 31st March 2021.  For further details / informal visits contact: Nosheen.Zabir@bdct.nhs.uk


The role:

To support service users with enduring mental health problems to gain competitive paid employment using the Individual Placement Support (IPS) model. To work with individuals and groups in a variety of settings across Bradford District Care Trust in collaboration with other professionals within the service, outside agencies and employers.

To work directly with employers and employment agencies to secure employment opportunities, and subsequently to provide ongoing support according to both employees and employer’s needs.

To hold specific responsibility and autonomy for delivering of contract performance targets within an allocated Community Mental Health team. The post holder should carry out most tasks using their own initiative and without direct supervision.


  • To implement the 8 key principles of the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model within all aspects of the service.
  • To act as a champion to promote employment support within the Bradford District Care Trust.
  • To be integrated within an allocated Community Mental Health team, working with Care Coordinators and other health professionals to identify service users who are motivated to seek paid employment.
  • To manage a caseload of people with severe and enduring mental health conditions (up to 20 at any one time) prioritising your own workload.
  • To work through the 6 key stages of the Employment Service framework with each Service User.
    Work directly with all relevant stakeholders: the service user, CMHT staff, consultant psychiatrists and employers, to support service users to achieve their employment goal.
  • To engage and assess each service user and devise an ‘employment plan’ including vocational assessing and any in-work support needs.
  • To undertake job development activities to support service users to secure employment opportunities.
  • To provide individualised support to service users once they have returned to work to assist them in sustaining employment.
  • To provide specialist benefits advice and build links with Job Centre Plus
  • To create and maintain links with local employers and employment agencies.
  • To work flexibly, as required by the individual in supporting them to secure paid employment.
  • To achieve an annual target for supporting service users in securing competitive paid job outcomes and support the team to achieve the overall team Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • To develop good working relationships with other organisations which provide vocational services and support that can provide specific opportunities to help individuals achieve their employment goals.
  • To act as a resource to provide service information for service users, carers, and professionals.
  • To maintain accurate multi-disciplinary notes on the Trust’s electronic systems in a timely, objective, and confidential manner in accordance with Trust standards.
  • To report any progress, change or adverse event promptly to an appropriate member of staff.
  • To work collaboratively with other Employment Specialist colleagues using a team-based approach providing cover across the Trust Community Mental Health
  • teams.
  • Working closely with the named Employment Champion, promoting employment within the CMHT
  • Undertake presentations/training as required within BDCT, externally to other providers, employers and clients.
  • To promote service user involvement and empowerment
  • To maintain and promote Team and Care Trust Mission and Values.
  • To ensure Trust policies and procedures are adhered to.
  • To liaise effectively and work in partnership with team members, care-coordinators, professionals and other services.

The person:

  • Educated to A Level or equivalent or NVQ Level 3 (or working towards) in an area relevant to post or equivalent
  • Willing to participate in relevant courses and training as required
  • Certificate in supported employment or equivalent is desired
  • Experience of providing support services to people with mental health problems or with other long term health conditions
  • Experience of planning and facilitating activities that focus on recovery and vocational skills
  • Awareness of the needs of people with mental health conditions
  • Knowledge of employment and disability-related benefits
  • An awareness of the IPS model or other supported models


The above list of responsibilities and person specification is not exhaustive. Please see the Trust JD & Person Spec for full details for this role.

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Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
New Mill, Victoria Rd, Saltaire, Shipley BD18 3LD

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Status: Open No of vacancies: 1 Job type: Full Time Job level: Entry level Salary: £0 /Per Year Publish date: 30 Jul 2020 Expire in: 1 week

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