Employment Specialist | Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

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Posting date: 20 September 2019
Salary: Not specified
Additional salary information: £21,089 - £23,761 per annum
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 20 October 2019
Location: Ipswich, IP1 2GA
Company: Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Job type: Permanent
Job reference: 2004348/364-A-1364-A

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Would you like an opportunity to help people who have mental health needs find work and help sustain employment where relevant? Do you currently work or have experience in health or social care, recruitment, employment or education services? If you have transferable skills to enable people find /sustain employment, this is an excellent opportunity to join a new team of Employment Specialists.

Our existing service in Essex has the status as a National Centre of Excellence (Centre for Mental Health) and we require 2 Employment Specialist for a new service in Suffolk, 37.5 hours per week, who are enthusiastic and highly motivated to help people with mental health needs access employment. You will be involved in helping people to decide on their employment goals including support with job searching, applications, interview skills and providing support after they have found work.

We are seeking individuals who are person centred and positive in their outlook, have a ‘can do’ attitude and enjoy the challenges of helping people to overcome any barriers to finding work. You must have strong communication skills and confidence in order to build up relationships with all relevant stakeholders including employers and businesses. You will be required to directly engage with a range of stakeholders (e.g. DWP, Job Centre +, employment law firms, voluntary organisations etc.) but especially local employers in order to create opportunities for service users and to challenge stigma and discrimination that can at times be associated with mental health needs and employment.

You will work within multi-disciplinary Mental Health Teams, alongside clinical colleagues and will be expected to ‘champion the employment agenda’, instilling the belief that people with mental health needs want to work and with the right support can work; and therefore generating referrals to the service. You will work in partnership with individual service users, developing relationships that are enabling and empowering. You will be providing an evidence based supported employment service (called Individual, Placement and Support/IPS) which will require you to prepare individuals for employment by assessing needs; identifying strengths, help with benefits, support networks, travel to work plans etc.

You will work to individual targets, i.e. the number of people supported into employment and the number of people helped to retain employment. You will be skilled in managing your own time and working with a high level of autonomy; responsible to the Team Leader via regular supervision and support and accountable to the Service Manager. You will promote best practice within mental health and employment in the Trust and other organisations in the local area.

• Season Ticket Loans
• NHS discounts for staff
• Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
• The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
• Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
• Buying and Selling annual leave scheme

This advert closes on Friday 4 Oct 2019

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