IPS Employment Specialist



70% of people with mental health issues would like to work, but only 37% are in paid employment. For people with severe mental illness, it's just 8%.

Routes employment service is funded by Norfolk and Waveney CCG and our team is fully intergrated within the CMHT (Community Menatal Health Teams) and exists to support people with severe mental illness into paid employment as part of their recovery.


Working as part of the Norfolk and Waveney Mind Routes Employment Service Team to deliver a high quality, supportive and positive offer to those with moderate to severe mental health. Through the building of outstanding relationships with clients, employers and clinical teams you will help people achieve their employment aspirations and gain paid employment, assisting them with their ongoing recovery from mental health conditions.

The Responsibilities:

  • To manage a caseload of 20-25 clients who have experienced moderate, severe and longer term ill health and who wish to gain paid employment, using evidence based interventions.
  • Working on a caseload including some more challenging clients.
  • Deputise for Team Leaders as and when required.
  • Support, assist and offer mentoring for new staff undergoing the induction and training process .
  • Assisting and mentoring Employment Support Advisors with caseload reviews in conjunction with Team Leaders as and when appropriate.
  • Lead on employer engagement activity and contribute to a shared employer database resource with other NWM services.
  • Involvement in selected key service development projects as agreed with Team Leaders or the Service Manager.
  • To ensure that work is led by and focused on the aspirations of the person accessing support. Considering strengths, difficulties and employment assets in order to offer the most effective support.
  • Conduct vocational assessments, discussing job goals and any concerns regarding capacity for work.
  • Signpost to other relevant specialist support particularly with complex barriers.
  • Collaborative production of employment action plans with clients .
  • Delivering recommendations to clients on producing CV’s as well as interview preparation.
  • Advocate on behalf of the person with prospective employers by undertaking effective employer engagement, aiming to access ‘hidden jobs’ and secure interviews for clients in relevant sectors.

The Person:

  • Educated to NVQ Level 3 or equivalent.
  • UK Driving Licence (max 6 points).
  • Knowledge of the IPS model.
  • Knowledge of secondary/primary health care services.
  • Understanding of job applications, personal statements, writing CVs and interview techniques.

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

About Company

Routes Employment Service - Norfolk and Waveney Mind

Job Information

Status: Open No of vacancies: 2 Job type: Full Time Salary: £23523 - £24177 /Per Year Publish date: 22 Feb 2021 Expire in: 2 days

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