The IPS model across the London Borough of Bromley was successfully implemented in October 2017. The IPS Employment Specialist roles are funded by Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
The successful candidate will join an existing team, where the service will support approximately 70 unemployed people with severe mental health problems into paid jobs each year. The post-holder will represent BLG Mind, working within Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust.
This Individual Placement and Support (IPS) project is in partnership with Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust.
The post holder is required to manage a caseload of between 20 -25 people at any time who have experienced mental health problems and who are unemployed, and job retention cases.
You are expected to deliver the Individual Placement and Support approach, for which training will be given. Working directly with all relevant stakeholders: the service user, CMHT staff, consultant psychiatrists and employers, you will aim to enable the majority of people on your caseload to gain and retain paid employment, aiming for a minimum of 24 people per year to gain paid work.
- To support people who have experienced mental health problems to gain paid employment using the IPS approach, working within Oxleas Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs).
- To build relationship with employers to secure employment opportunities, and subsequently to provide ongoing support according to both the employee’s and the employer’s needs.
- Implementing evidenced-based employment practice, with a commitment to the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model fidelity and practice - for which training will be given.
- Meet and exceed job outcome targets for service users.
- Work directly with all relevant stakeholders: the service user, CMHT staff, consultant psychiatrists and employers, aiming to enable the majority of the service users on the caseload to gain and retain paid employment.
- Build relationships with clinical teams to generate referrals, create a collaborative working partnership with NHS clinicians and being responsible for service users who have been referred by NHS colleagues.
- Build a multi-disciplinary approach to the return to work. For example, involve clinical staff (where relevant) in managing symptoms at work, medication reviews and supporting rehabilitation needs.
- Raise the profile and importance of access to paid employment services within clinical teams and across local employment agencies.
- Meet regularly with NHS staff and attend weekly MDT meetings to coordinate and integrate employment support into mental health treatment.
- Prepare individuals for a return to work by supporting service users to understand their skills, aspirations and goals through vocational profiling/assessment and action planning.
- Source job opportunities for service users through tailored job search and regular contact with employers to secure employment opportunities.
- Educated to A Level or equivalent.
- Experience of working with and supporting people who have experienced mental health problems (or other unemployed disadvantaged groups) into employment.
- A good understanding of the principles and practice of supported employment.
- Vocational assessment and profiling skills
- Basic coaching skills.
- Knowledge of disability and special needs issues, policies and legislation in relation to employment.