JOB VACANCY: Restore – Employment Specialist

Role summary: Under the supervision of the Community Lead/Occupational Therapist and Restore’s Head of Coaching, the Employment Specialist will manage a caseload of people (maximum 25) who have experienced mental health problems who wish to return to paid employment.

Job location (usual place of work): Warneford Hospital and Manzil Way County-wide in Oxfordshire

Pay rate: £20,253 – £24,472pa

Pay is pro rata?: No

Job title: IPS Employment Specialist
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Applications close on date: Friday, 10th November 2017 at midday.

Hours are: Full time

Contract is: Permanent

Job description:
**Please see attachment for full Job specification

Job Purpose
Under the supervision of the Community Lead/Occupational Therapist and Restore’s Head of Coaching, the Employment Specialist will manage a caseload of people (maximum 25) who have experienced mental health problems who wish to return to paid employment. This will involve:

• Motivating and supporting a caseload of service users to access and sustain paid employment, utilising interventions from the Multi-disciplinary Team (MDT). This will include providing effective in-work support to both the service user and employer where appropriate.

• Building effective working relationships with local training providers, local colleges and external employers to secure employment and education opportunities for people who have experienced mental health problems.

• Providing on-going support according to both the employee’s and employer’s needs to enable people who have experienced mental health problems to gain and retain employment.

• Ensuring the service follows evidenced based Individual Placement and Support (IPS) practice.

• Building the profile of employment within the clinical team, and raising expectations around the ability of service users to access paid work.

Duties and Responsibilites


1. To manage a caseload of up to 25 people who have experienced mental health problems who wish to return to paid employment.

2. To prepare individuals for employment through assessing each person’s individual employment needs through vocational profiling, and then actively support them to achieve their employment goals, in partnership with the clinical team.

3. To provide individualised, on-going support to individuals once they have secured employment to assist them in sustaining employment by providing an effective in work support plan.

4. To promote the benefits of supporting service users to access employment within EIS and external employers, aiming to raise the profile of IPS services, and raise expectations around the ability of service users to access paid employment.

5. To proactively engage and build relationships with external employers to open-up and secure paid employment opportunities for people who have experienced mental health problems. In particular, ensuring the service is focused on accessing the hidden labour market.

6. To provide advice and support to employers, as agreed with the individual, which may include negotiating adjustments and on-going contact with supervisors to ensure job retention.

7. To assess individual support needs related to work which might typically include help with benefits, travel to work, managing health at work etc.

8. To provide effective in work support to individuals once they secure paid employment to ensure they retain it.

9. To deliver employment workshops with other members of EIS and Restore staff as required.

10. To develop effective working relationships with a range of external agencies who might be better able to help individuals to achieve their employment goals for example, local colleges, training providers and external supported employment services.

11. To maintain a professional relationship with the clients of the programme and with other staff, with particular attention to confidentiality and maintenance of professional boundaries.

12. To work flexibly as required by the individual and employer which may require some working out of normal office hours.


1. To actively participate in own supervision and objective setting/appraisal, developing a professional development plan.

2. To develop training workshops for groups of clients within the service.

3. Provide training sessions to external agencies on how to work with the EIS client group.

Policy and/or Service Development:

1. To work with the Community Lead and Restore’s Head of Coaching to ensure that vocational support services offered continue to develop effectively.

2. To develop and implement effective referral and information structures related to this scheme are in place.

3. To develop, implement and ensure that effective monitoring and evaluation systems are in place within Carenotes, in relation to the Monitoring of the User Employment Programme.

Management of Resources:

1. To work with external agencies to maximise use of both internal and external resources in the delivery of vocational support services.

2. To identify and explore with the community lead opportunities to obtain additional resources to assist the role.


1. To supervise other support workers as appropriate.

2. To encourage the development of service user volunteers and participate in their induction, training and supervision

Personal Development
• To actively participate in an annual performance review (appraisal) and the development and implementation of a personal development plan.

• To take responsibility for their own professional development ensuring professional standards are maintained and statutory and mandatory training is in date.
• To attend any training as requested.

Code of Conduct
• To adhere to the Professional Code of Conduct relating to their profession (if applicable) and to Restore’s code of conduct.

• To support the organisation in developing an effective work/life balance for employees that meets the needs of the organisation.

• To ensure that the health and wellbeing of patients is at the centre of all activities and that all staff engage and communicate with patients as appropriate.

• To always promote quality and safety of patients, visitors and staff thus enabling the Trust to meet its regulation requirements (Care Quality Commission Registration – Regulations and Outcomes) that relate most directly to patients and also strive for continuous quality improvement.

Equal Opportunities/Diversity
• To observe Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust’s and Restore’s Equal Opportunities Policies providing equality of treatment and opportunity to employees, service users and service providers irrespective of sex, sexuality, age, marital status, ethnic origin or disability.

Health & Safety
• To take responsibility for the health & safety of themselves and other persons who may be affected by their omissions or actions at work.
• To promote the Trust’s Health and Safety Policy and ensure matters are managed in accordance with it.
• To co-operate with the Trust to ensure adherence tostatutory and departmental regulations.
• Report accidents, incidents and near misses, implementing corrective action where necessary.

Infection Control
• To comply with Trust policies for infection control and hand hygiene such as hand hygiene, decontamination Policy, uniform and workwear code and standard precautions Policy to reduce the spread of healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs).

• Employees with clinical responsibilities must incorporate into their clinical activities up to date evidence that supports safe infection control practices and procedures, such as the use of aseptic techniques and the safe disposal of sharps.

Confidentiality and Data Security
• To comply fully with the duties and responsibilities outlined the the Trust’s Information Governance Policy.

• To comply with the Data Protection Act 1998, NHS Confidentiality guidelines (eg. Caldicott, GMC) and any code of practice on Confidentiality and Data Protection as accepted by the Trust. Departmental codes of practice and procedures for confidentiality are available from the head of department.

• To ensure that all information collected, stored and used is done so in compliance with the above Act and any relevant Trust Policy.

• To preserve the confidentiality of any information regarding patients, staff records in your area (in connection with their employment) and the Trust business. This obligation shall continue in perpetuity.

• To raise any matters of concern with your Manager/Director

• To recognise that promoting the welfare and safeguarding children, young people and adults is everyone’s business and access training and supervision as appropriate to the role.

• To support the organisation in ensuring service users are protected from abuse or the risk of abuse and their human rights are respected and upheld.

• To ensure concerns are responded to appropriately in line with the Trust’s Safeguarding Adults Policy and the Child Protection Policy and interagency safeguarding procedures.

• To comply with recruitment and other checks as requested by the organisation including undertaking an Enhanced Disclosure via the Criminal Records Bureau.

• To be aware of and work in line with all Trust policies and procedures.

• To carry out any other tasks as reasonably directed.

This job description is intended as a basic guide to the scope and responsibilities of the post and is not exhaustive. It will be subject to regular review and amendment as necessary in consultation with the post holder.

To apply, please contact:

Monday, 23rd October 2017

Dear Enquirer,

Re: IPS Eployment Specialist

Thank you for your interest in this post of IPS Employment Specialist at Restore on behalf of the Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership (OHMP).

Please find enclosed the following with this letter:

• Job description.

• Equal opportunities monitoring form and a supplementary form concerning criminal convictions.

At this stage of application we require only a CV (curriculum vitae) and a covering letter. The covering letter should demonstrate your ability and experience in relation to the description. You should explain why you are interested in this job and you should also address in this letter how you meet the criteria outlined in the person specification.

Please send applications to

The closing date for applications is Friday, 10th November 2017 at midday.

Interviews for this post will be held on Tuesday, 21st November 2017.

We may contact you to for further information during the short listing process.

Please note we are not an NHS Employer.

Yours sincerely,

Faye Hasnath
HR Manager

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