Employment Specialist

Milton Keynes Posted on Employment Specialist


CNWL (Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust) has almost 7,000 staff providing integrated healthcare to a third of London's population, Milton Keynes and areas beyond.  We involve service users, carers, the public, staff and partner organisations in the way that we are run.

Our catchment area spans diverse communities, with over 100 first languages spoken. It contains areas of great affluence as well as areas of much deprivation.  We are committed to providing services that meet the needs of the people who use them, and we actively encourage involvement from local people who can help make a difference.  We’re proud of our diversity and we continue to undertake new initiatives to advance equality for LGBT+, BME and people with disabilities to promote good relations and understanding between our staff.


We have a fantastic opportunity a dynamic Employment Specialist to join our Individual Placement and support Employment Services Team in Milton Keynes. The post will be based in the community Mental Health Hub which operates across 2 sites, one in Bletchley and one in Westcroft Milton Keynes

We are looking for  individuals who are highly motivated, have experience of supporting people to access paid employment (or employability skills which could be transferred to this role) along with the right qualities and aptitudes. These include a passionate belief that anyone with a mental health condition can work, is a self-starter with initiative, a commitment to team work and strong organisational skills.

You will be joining a small IPS Employment Service that was established in 2019 and is now expanding.  We provide training throughout the year to ensure we continue to deliver a high-fidelity service. You will have the tools you need to provide expert support and advice to clients whilst also building positive relationships with employers, opening doors and changing perceptions around mental health.

The Responsibilities:

  • Motivating and supporting a caseload of service users to access and sustain paid employment.
    This will include enabling service users to identify their best job match, approaching employers, and providing effective in work support to both the service user and employer where appropriate.
  • Working within Multi-Disciplinary Teams in secondary mental health services to achieve these
  • Raising the awareness of Recovery within the team and service locally, to have positive impact on the culture of contemporary mental health services.
  • Implementing evidenced based employment practice, with a commitment to the Individual
    Placement and Support (IPS) model fidelity and practice.
  • Building effective working relationships with local training providers, local colleges and external employers to secure paid employment and education opportunities for people who have experienced mental health problems. This will often involve job carving and developing
    opportunities within the hidden labour market by using a variety of methods such as face to face contact, social media platforms (e.g. LinkedIn) phone and email.
  • Providing on-going support according to both the employee’s and employer’s needs to enable
    people who have experienced mental health difficulties to gain and retain employment.
  • Building the profile of employment within the clinical team, and raising expectations around the ability of service users to access paid work.

The Person:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent workplace experience.
  • Experience of supporting people to obtain or keep work.
  • Experience of working within diverse communities.

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

About Company

CNWL (Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust)

Job Information

Status: Open No of vacancies: 1 Job type: Full Time Salary: £26000 - £32000 /Per Year Publish date: 22 Jul 2021 Expire in: 2 days

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