Senior Employment Advisor

Springfield University Hospital, Tooting


South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust has a rich history, well-established community links and an international reputation. We provide a full range of local mental health services to the Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth London boroughs, as well as specialist forensic mental health services, including specialised services such as national deaf adults and CAMHS inpatients and OCD.

We are committed to providing high quality integrated health and social care for local people with mental health problems in South West London and more specialist mental health services for people throughout the UK. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as ‘good’ however we aim to be ‘outstanding’.


The Employment Advisers Programme is a 3 year initiative through NHS England which aims to ensure that people get timely access to health support for common mental health problems and integrated employment support so that they avoid long-term unemployment. We are a Wave 2 site.

Due to extended funding we are seeking to recruit a Deputy Senior Employment Adviser on a one year fixed term secondment who will be mainly based in Sutton Uplift to manage and support a team of Employment Advisers who in turn offer support to individuals with common mental health problems to gain, return to or retain employment.

The post holder will act as Deputy for the Lead Senior Employment Adviser who operationally covers both Talk Wandsworth and Sutton Uplift and will report directly to them. The post holder will be expected to retain a small caseload of clients in addition to their line management responsibilities.

Part of the role will involve presenting to external and internal stakeholders, reviewing and revising the current care pathway and supporting data submissions to evidence outcomes.

The Responsibilities:

  • To lead, develop and manage the integrated employment support offered within the IAPT service.
  • To ensure that employment support is integrated with clinical treatment. Through close working with the low intensity workers develop their skills in recognising and responding to the employment related issues.
  • To ensure that the employment intervention can start before the therapeutic intervention and both can proceed simultaneously.
  • To establish referral mechanisms that acknowledges that early intervention is the main driver and seeks to minimise delays to employment intervention as a matter of priority. Therefore, referral pathways include IAPT staff but also GPs, self-referral and from employers for employment support
  • To ensure that the management and supervision systems acknowledge early intervention as a key component of the employment support and have mechanisms for remediation
  • To be responsible for the promotion of the employment support provision within the business community. The aim will be to raise awareness within the business community of the employment support provision and the implications for business effectiveness.
  • Championing the Trust values within the teams
  • The employment pathway across both IAPT services and Line management for all employment advisors
  • Providing guidance and supervision to staff on appropriate escalation of risk.

The Person:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Evidence of continuing professional and personal development
  • NVQ Level 3 or above in Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG)
  • Experience of working with people who have experienced mental health problems within
    health, social services, the voluntary sector or mainstream educational services
  • Experience of successfully helping people to obtain or keep education/work
  • Experience of partnership working, negotiation and liaison work with other agencies

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

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South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust

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Status: Open No of vacancies: 1 Job type: Full Time Salary: £31365 - £37890 /Per Year Publish date: 22 Feb 2021 Expire in: 2 days

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