Job overview

Do you want to be part of a friendly & dynamic team of Employment Specialists delivering excellent employment support to our clients? If you believe passionately that anyone with mental health difficulties can work and would like to be part of that journey, then this could be the role for you.

Individual Placement & Support is an internationally-recognised model for supporting people with Serious Mental Illness back into employment, as part of their recovery and wellbeing.

As a national priority, West London NHS Trust’s IPS team is currently expanding and working towards achieving high IPS fidelity. We are a friendly and dynamic team, committed to supporting each other to deliver the best outcomes for our clients.

Role

Our team of Employment Specialists work with caseloads of up to 25 clients, helping them to decide what work they want to do, building their confidence to start looking for work, ensuring they have an up to date CV and providing guidance, support and coaching to enable them to find the right job.

Employment Specialists also provide advice on benefits and contact potential employers. They work with clients to make a plan for returning to work and, once in work, provide ongoing support to address any issues or challenges encountered.

Responsibilities

The role of Employment Specialist is extremely varied and rewarding.

You will be part of a clinical team, ensuring the right package of support for clients and keeping detailed and accurate records.

You will also be building relationships with employers and other partners, to get the best outcomes for your clients.

We need people who are assertive and adaptable, with a positive attitude about employment for all and excellent networking and interpersonal skills.

You don’t need to have experience in employment support, but you do need to be willing to learn new skills, with a positive and supportive attitude and a passion for working with people. You also need to be confident with IT, keeping detailed and accurate records of your client work.

The person

  • Higher education qualification in a related subject (eg. career guidance, information advice and guidance, human resources, counselling, training, psychology, etc.) or equivalent experience.
  • Carrying out needs assessments with individuals (e.g. vocational, social, occupational, health, etc.).
  • Previous work within a vocational service.
  • Developing action plans with specific goals.