JOB VACANCY: Restore – Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Employment Specialist Coach (South Oxfordshire)

Role summary: Are you someone with outstanding interpersonal skills and an ability to establish rapport with a wide range of people? Have you worked with vulnerable people? Do you have what it takes to support people into employment?

Restore are recruiting to a post which will serve the south of Oxfordshire. As an Employment Specialist Coach you will join an Oxford Mental Healthcare NHS Trust IPS Team – employed by Restore – and embedded in locality Adult Mental Health Teams (AMHTs) – to deliver IPS as part of the holistic recovery plan for mental health service users. Experience of IPS is desirable but NOT essential as full training will be given.

You will work in a well-managed and supportive team and manage an individual caseload of up to 20-25 people at any time who have experienced mental health problems and who are unemployed or in need of in-work support. Working directly with all relevant stakeholders: the service user, AMHT clinical staff, partner agencies and employers – you will support the service users on your caseload to gain and retain paid employment.

If you wish to apply, then we would like to hear from you!

Job location (usual place of work): County wide, Oxfordshire

Pay rate: £21,426

Pay is pro rata?: No

Job title: Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Employment Specialist Coach

Applications close on date: 01/03/2020

Hours are: Full time

Contract is: Permanent

Job description: Overall Responsibilities

The Restore Employment Specialist will join an IPS team embedded in AMHTs working under the direction of the Team Manager to deliver IPS as part of the holistic recovery plan for mental health service users. They will have an honorary contract with Oxford Health.

You will be required to manage a caseload of up to 20-30 people at any time who have experienced mental health problems and who are unemployed. The Employment Specialist is expected to deliver the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) approach – for which training will be given. Working directly with all relevant stakeholders: the service user, AMHT clinical staff, partner agencies and employers – you will support the service users on your caseload to gain and retain paid employment.

Specific Responsibilities:

• To manage a caseload of between 20-30 service users at any one time who are receiving specialist mental health services and who wish to return to work.
• Meet and exceed job outcome targets for service users
• Build relationships with clinical teams to generate referrals and create collaborative working partnerships with NHS clinicians where employment support is integrated into mental health treatment.
• Build a multi-disciplinary approach to the return to work. For example, involve clinical staff (where relevant) in managing symptoms at work, medication reviews and supporting rehabilitation needs e.g. social skill development, budgeting, travel training etc.
• To prepare individuals for a return to work by supporting service users to understand their skills, aspirations and goals through vocational profiling and action planning.
• Focus on rapid job search with the service user, whilst utilising local support networks to help them overcome their barriers to employment.
• Source job opportunities for service users through tailored job search and regular contact with employers.
• Spend time getting to know local employers, in order to negotiate job opportunities that meet each individual’s strengths, needs, abilities and preferences.
• Support wider team by exploring ‘job carving’ i.e. carving small slices of work from the duties other staff do not have time to do.
• 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
• To provide individualised support to service users once they have returned to work to assist them in sustaining employment.
• Work with external agencies to maximise use of both internal and external resources in the delivery of vocational support services
• To adhere to administrative and data capture protocols which record the progress of individuals, and to keep accurate and complete records of casework.
• To undertake mandatory training as required including training in the IPS approach, coaching and Mental Health First Aid
• To actively participate in own continuous professional development
• To ensure that all relevant policies are implemented such as information governance, boundaries, confidentiality, safeguarding etc.
• To regularly collect and promote service user employment recovery stories.

IPS Employment Specialist for the South JD

IPS Employment Specialist – How to apply

To apply, please contact: At this stage of application, we require a Cover letter with a CV (curriculum vitae).

The covering letter should address how you meet the criteria outlined in the person specification. Please see the ‘essentials’ and ‘desirable’ criteria under the shortlisting criteria. We suggest you address each point individually clearly stating how you meet the criteria. It is a good idea to use separate headings for each point.

Please note that we are unable to shortlist any applications that do not demonstrate how they meet the criteria outlined in the person specification responsibilities below.

Please send applications to jobs@restore.org.uk