We’re Rethink Mental Illness, a leading charity provider of mental health services in England. We support thousands of people through our groups, services, policy, campaigns and advice and information. Our work supports us in delivering on our mission: “A better life for everyone severely affected by mental illness.”
In everything we do, we seek to demonstrate our values: Passion, Commitment, Openness, Hope, Expertise and Understanding. If these values resonate with you, we would love to hear from you.
We have an exciting opportunity at our Warwickshire IPS Employment service, where you will join our friendly and inspiring team as a IPS Employment Specialist. Your role will be a permanent position working full time, 37.5 hours per week within the community.
Our IPS (individual placement support) employment service supports people experiencing severe mental illness into employment. We also offer a job retention service for people in employment who are at risk due to their mental illness.
- Manage a caseload of between 20-30 service users at any one time who are currently off work / unemployed, receiving specialist mental health services and who wish to return to work.
- Build relationships with clinical teams to generate referrals and create a collaborative working partnerships with NHS clinicians where employment support is integrated into mental health treatment.
- 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 e.g. social skill development, budgeting, travel training etc.
- To prepare individuals for a return to work by supporting service users to understand their skills, aspirations and goals through vocational profiling and action planning.
- Focus on rapid job search with the service user, whilst utilising local support networks to help them overcome their barriers to employment.
- Source job opportunities for service users through tailored job search and regular contact with employers.
- Good understanding of the principles and practice of supported employment
- Able to build close, trusting and productive relationships with people
- Experience of working in supported employment services
- Experience of working with people with mental health problems or a similar service user group
- Educated to a degree level or equivalent
The above list of responsibilities and personal criteria is not exhaustive please see the job description and personal specification for more detail.