Mental Health Employment Specialist

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year per annum
Closing date
13 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Job summary

The Department of Health's strategy for mental health includes the drive to ensure that those with mental health conditions have access to recovery focused interventions, including support to gain meaningful, paid employment and to maintain this.

An opportunity has arisen to work within LPFT's Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Team as a Mental Health Employment Specialist, working with service users in the Adult Community Division to help them with their employment goals. This is a full time post, based in Grantham and surrounding areas.

The post holder will provide Individual Placement and Support to a caseload of service users mainly in defined localities within Lincolnshire but cover for other geographical areas covered by the Trust may be required if the need arises.

This posts require both enthusiasm and a commitment towards supporting people with mental health conditions to retain and access paid employment. This includes working collaboratively with a wide range of employers and relevant agencies and partners from the statutory, voluntary and business sectors, internal and external to the Trust.

An understanding of the benefits of employment as part of the recovery process and a positive attitude to enabling service users to overcome barriers within employment, are essential. The post will involve working in the community and requires the ability to work autonomously, working closely with teams across the Trust's Adult Community Division in Lincolnshire.

Main duties of the job

Follow the IPS model and collate evidence for fidelity reviews

Support service users to either find and maintain paid employment, or to retain existing employment

Identify and meet their vocational goals by providing individually tailored programmes using a person centred approach

Complete initial assessments of service users' vocational needs, working collaboratively with service users to complete a Vocational Profile. Support service users to complete job applications and compile CVs

Attending interviews, Occupational Health reviews, disciplinary meetings and other workplace meetings for follow-on or retention support

Identifying reasonable adjustments and other workplace adaptations

Actively and regularly engage with employers

Effective communication with CMHT colleagues and relevant organisations

Make regular written and verbal reports concerning the progress of service users and maintain written electronic records as per Trust policy using the Trust's clinical information system

Present to internal and external stakeholders

Maintaining individual caseload, caseload data, diary and spreadsheets

Ensure compliance to the policies, procedures and working practices of Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Review and actively contribute to the development of the service in line with best practice and evidence based interventions

Participate in the provision of an extended hour's service as needed

About us

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health services and a number of learning disability, autism and social care services in the county of Lincolnshire. Employing around 2,800 staff, and serving a population of over 766,000, our people lie at the heart of everything we do.

You could be part of a Trust rated by staff as one of the best mental health and learning disability trusts in England, in an area heralded as a fantastic place to live and work. We firmly believe the key to high quality care is a contented workforce. This is reflected in our Care Quality Commission rating of 'outstanding' for well-led and 'good' overall. In the most recent National NHS Staff Survey, our staff rated us as the number one trust nationally for staff morale and one of the top scoring NHS Trusts in the Midlands for being compassionate and inclusive. We're really proud of this!

We are also leading the way in transforming care, with multi-million-pound transformation of patient environments and radical redesign of community services.

This is the time to join and help redesign our services of the future. We offer options for flexible working and provide a wide range of training and promotion opportunities in all professions. We support and celebrate diversity, have active staff networks groups and are always looking at what more we can do to support our staff.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be educated to degree level or hold equivalent experience in the field of supported employment, have knowledge of the national employment and welfare benefits agenda; and have skills and recent experience of working with people with mental health conditions. LPFT holds a Good Fidelity status with IPS Grow; you must be willing to undertake training in the model of IPS, the evidence-based intervention used by the service.

If you require further information on this post please contact:

Jasmine Fawcett IPS Team Manager

Person Specification



  • Educated to degree level
  • Or equivalent experience in the field of supported employment
  • Or NVQ Level 3/equivalent relevant training to diploma level and/or experience relevant to the duties of the post)


  • Occupational Therapy, Social Work , Psychology or Employment qualifications
  • IPS training
  • Motivational interviewing training



  • Experience of initiating, liaising and collaborating with a wide range of individuals and organisations promoting and developing employment, education and training opportunities on behalf of service users
  • Experience of working with a range of mental health service users (in health, social care and/or voluntary sectors) implementing individual programmes and interventions
  • Experience of actively and regularly engaging with employers and employment providers to seek out employment opportunities on behalf of service users
  • Knowledge of good practice in employment legislation protecting disability equality
  • Ability to identify and find solutions to improve the wider service over and above those improvements related to the role
  • Experience of constructing and reviewing individually tailored programmes using a person centred approach.
  • Knowledge of vocational assessment & profiling of service users' vocational needs


  • Recent experience of working with service users to help them meet their employment-related goals
  • Experience & knowledge of the benefits agency and all disability employment related benefits
  • Knowledge of the IPS model
  • Personal experience of using Mental Health services
  • Experience of collecting caseload and outcome data
  • Experience of managing and supervising support staff

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