IPS Employment Specialist – East Lancashire
East Lancashire | Blackpool Council
Deadline: 11th July 2022
To support our exciting expansion of IPS across mental health teams in Lancashire and South Cumbria, we are seeking Employment Specialists to join our existing team and help us to continue our success.
This post will be located within East Lancashire, with some travel involved. We have sites at Accrington, Blackburn and Burnley.
You will work with and manage a caseload of clients, who have mental health support needs, to assist them in securing sustainable paid employment in line with their preferences.
Clients will be referred into the service via the Lancashire and South Cumbria mental health teams.
You will deliver the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) approach providing person-centred advice and guidance to clients, whilst building positive relationships with employers to enable clients to move into suitable employment.
You will be part of a community mental health team, maintaining positive and integrated relationships, fostering a holistic approach to recovery through employment.
- Manage a caseload of clients, who have mental health support needs who are motivated to start/return to work.
- Deliver the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) approach.
- Meet and support clients to understand their key skills, aspirations and goals.
- Support with job search, CV production, application forms, interview techniques and career development.
- Attend clinical team meetings as an embedded IPS practitioner.
- Source job opportunities for clients through tailored job search and regular contact with employers to explore hidden as well as advertised employment opportunities.
- Build relationships with colleagues in clinical teams to engage and generate referrals and create collaborative working partnerships with clinical staff.
- Promote employment as a positive intervention in the recovery journey.
- Work independently, reliably and deliver consistently to deliver effective IPS practice.
- An understanding of the employment needs, and challenges faced by people who experience mental health difficulties.
- Good motivational, communication and listening skills.
- Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to build rapport with a range of people.
- Good organisational skills.
- Ability to build close, trusting and productive relationships with people.
- Team orientated and works collaboratively within a mixed-disciplinary team.
- Ability to work under pressure and find flexible solutions tailored to individual needs.
- Confidence in all areas of numeracy, literacy and IT skills as required for the role.
- Proven ability to source suitable job opportunities through employer engagement activity.
- Experience of working with people with mental health support needs, or a similar client group within health, social services or the voluntary sector.
- Experience of managing multiple tasks at any one time.