Job Description

What is a Peer IPS Employment Specialist role?

Job Description

Do you have lived experience of accessing secondary mental health services within the NHS and want to use this this experience to support people to find and/or sustain meaningful employment?

We are looking for a motivated, passionate self-starter who wants to kickstart a career in the mental health sector. This position, with on-the-job training, is a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference and support those with mental health needs across the XXX community.

As an IPS Peer Employment Specialist, using your lived experience, you will play a vital role in helping people with mental health needs find fulfilling employment by engaging and working with local employers. You will receive all the training and support you need to take on the role, develop your skills, and have access to a broad range of opportunities within CNWL.

We welcome applications from all experience levels and backgrounds, but as a peer employment specialist you need to have accessed secondary mental health services within the NHS. Alongside having the ability to motivate and build relationships with service users, have strong organisational and administration skills, with the confidence to communicate and engage with a range of employers.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone who is passionate about working towards creating a fairer and more inclusive society for people with mental health needs, by acting as a role-model of how employment can support mental ill-health recovery.

What is an IPS Peer Employment Specialist?

This is a rewarding and dynamic role where no day is the same and you’ll be making a genuine difference to people’s lives. Using the Individuals Placement and Support (IPS) model you’ll be:

  • Supporting and motivating individuals with mental health needs to access and sustain paid employment.
  • Utilising your own lived experience of accessing secondary services and methods of recovery, to act as a role-model.
  • Regularly meeting with clients to listen, offer support and help them identify their best job match, reflecting their skills and aspirations.
  • Sourcing job opportunities for your clients through regular contact with local employers within the community.
  • Providing on-going support to both the employee’s and employer’s needs to enable people who gave experienced mental health difficulties to gain and retain employment.
  • Advocating for your clients by educating and engaging with employers regarding the IPS service, alongside raising expectations around the ability of clients to access paid employment, breaking down barrier for them.

Who are we looking for?

Firstly, you will need to have accessed secondary mental health services and have reached a time in your life where you feel you are able to manage your diagnosis well. Also, it is required that you have either a degree-level education or relevant work experience, such as in the health and social care or employment support sectors.

Alongside this, we are looking for people with persuasive communication skills, excellent time management and strong administrative skills. Also, the ability to initiate and develop relationships with a variety of individuals and be able to engage employers using a variety of methods including over the phone, or face-to-face in the community.

It would be helpful, but NOT essential, if you have experience of working with vulnerable people, such as those with mental health needs OR have worked in employment support services (or equivalent), this can include working with people on a one-to-one basis or offering motivation and support. We are actively interested in individuals who have experience engaging a range of stakeholders or promoting a service to a variety of audiences such as marketing, recruitment, coaching, education, or sales roles.

Working for Central North West London NHS Trust

This role will be based in the Employment Services Team in XXX, this is a XXX- time post working XXX hours a week. We are open to discussing flexible working patterns that fit within our working week of Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm.

You will receive a number of staff benefits working for CNWL Trust, this includes an attractive pension scheme, award winning staff networks, travel discounts, employee assistance programme and discounts at hundreds of retailers nationwide. We have a commitment to career mapping to ensure you have continuous professional development and free access to our staff and wellbeing service at all times.

This role is an excellent opportunity to start a long-term career within the mental health sector, develop your skills and a gateway to the vast number of opportunities within CNWL.

Apply today to become an IPS Peer Employment Specialist and make a real difference!

IPS Peer Employment Specialist Job Documentation

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We’d love for you to work for us however if North West London or Milton Keynes isn’t a location that works for you there are plenty of Employment Specialist roles in other parts of England