FIRST IPS Vocational Specialist

Midlands Posted on Employment Specialist


Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist mental health, learning disability, and community healthcare services for the population of the Black Country.

Across the whole of the region we provide:

  • Adult and older adult mental health services
  • Specialist learning disability services
  • Mental health services for children and young people
  • Community healthcare services for children, young people and families is Dudley


Based in Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust’s Forensic Intensive Recovery Teams as part of the Reach Out partnership between Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust (BSMHFT), South Staffordshire and Midlands Partnership NHS Trust and St Andrews Healthcare (SAH), which form the Accountable Care arrangement for managing and delivering forensic mental health care for West Midlands service users. The Reach Out partnership is developing a new and innovative model of care working closely with service users, carers, and third sector organisations. Specifically, the new model will introduce a more personalised intensive outreach service and provide comprehensive and responsive support in the community (FIRST team). This will focus on aiding recovery, enabling earlier discharge and reducing the likelihood of readmission to hospital.

As part of the intensive outreach teams’ work, the post holder will manage a caseload of people with severe and enduring mental health problems who require employment support; using the Individual Placement and Support approach to gain benefits advice, overcome barriers to work, developing close relationships with clinical teams and completing rapid job search. The post holder will work to the IPS model and will adhere to the Fidelity Scale ensuring that the service operates as close to the 25 principles as possible.

The Responsibilities:

  • To manage a caseload of clients who have experienced severe and enduring mental health problems who have been in secure mental health units and/or had contact with criminal justice system who want to gain employment.
  • To carry out a vocational assessments, to identify vocational needs and develop action plans in agreement with the individual.
  • To maintain detailed and accurate case notes, action plans and client paperwork and upload these on to the management information system within the allocated timeframe.
  • To provide information, advice guidance & support to individuals about the pathways of opportunities available to them to gain and sustain work.
  • To support individuals to gain accurate benefits advice, complete paid job applications, compile CVs and to practically prepare for interviews.
  • To liaise and arrange meetings with health professionals, partner agencies (voluntary and statutory sectors) and/or employers concerning the individual’s needs; including partner organisations that work with diverse groups to develop joint working that will enhance service delivery and increase opportunities for individuals.
  • To deliver training and workshops (as required) to clients on job applications, CV writing and interview skills to increase their chances of moving into employment.

The Person:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent.
  • An ability to initiate and develop relationships with partners including local clinicians, employers and JCP staff.
  • An ability to work independently, reliably and consistently.
  • Knowledge of the 2010 Equality Act is desired.
  • Experience of supporting people into work.
  • Experience of working with and supporting people who have mental health problems, LTCs or other unemployed disadvantaged groups.
  • Working knowledge, understanding and experience of motivating individuals and developing their skills in line with their individual action plans.

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

About Company

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust, Birmingham

Job Information

No of vacancies: 1 Job type: Full Time Salary: £24907 - £30615 /Per Year Publish date: 30 Nov 2020

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