Job overview

Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind is a highly regarded local charity, helping people to be mentally healthy and working together with those experiencing mental health problems and dementia to improve their quality of life. With an annual turnover of £5M, over 150 staff and 200 volunteers, we are one of the largest charities in the Mind network.

Our service has the IPS status as a National Centre of Excellence (Centre for Mental Health) and we seeking a full time Senior IPS Employment Specialist to join us. You will need a good understanding of the barriers faced by people with disabilities and/or mental health conditions, and a passion to work collaboratively to make a real impact in transforming someone’s life.

Role

The Senior IPS Employment Specialist role is funded by Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

The successful candidate will join an existing team, where the service will support approximately 70 unemployed people with severe mental health problems into paid jobs each year. The post-holder will represent Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind, working within Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust.

Responsibilities

The Senior Employment Specialist will supervise a small team of Employment Specialists in Greenwich providing supervision, training, caseload management, and role modelling of the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) approach, as part of the holistic recovery plan for mental health service users.

You will work with clients (manage a caseload of 15 at any one time) who have mental health support needs, who are unemployed; to assist them in securing sustainable paid employment in line with their preferences, Including In-work support after they start their new job.

You will be managing a small caseload together with supporting and motivating a team of Employment Specialists, providing supervision, training and role modelling of the IPS approach. This is a dynamic and diverse role, where you will also work as part of community mental health team to promote employment and raise expectations around the ability of service users to access paid employment.

You will also spend time building productive relationships with employers to identify and negotiate job opportunities in the hidden labour market. The ability to network in the local community and build strong relationships is essential.

The person

You will need a good understanding of the barriers faced by people with disabilities and/or mental health conditions, and a passion to work collaboratively to make a real impact in transforming someone’s life.