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IPS Employment Specialist

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
North East Derbyshire
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pa, pro rata
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
The opportunity to change minds. The power to change lives.

As an Employment Specialist, you'll play a vital role in helping people with mental health support needs on their recovery journey.

This is an opportunity to offer hands-on support, to give people the tools they need to recover and ultimately, to transform lives in Chesterfield.

It calls for a combination of skills: the ability to empathise with clients the resilience and determination to seek out job opportunities the communication skills to engage employers and change perceptions around mental health.
Who we're looking for
We welcome people from a range of backgrounds and with all kinds of life experience, but here's what we'd like you to have:
  • Experience or an understanding of working with people with mental health support needs, or similar groups.
  • Experience of working with people on a one-to-one basis, offering motivation and support.
  • Empathy with those with mental health support needs.
  • The ability to build good relationships with a range of different people, from employers to clients.
  • The ability to manage multiple tasks at once.
  • A passion for making a difference to peoples' lives.
  • A degree-level education, or equivalent career experience

Main duties of the job

Your responsibilities

As part of a clinical team, you'll have a range of responsibilities, including:
  • Regularly meeting with clients to listen, offer support, help them Identify their best job match, reflecting their skills and aspirations.
  • Producing an Action Plan for each client to help them gain and sustain paid employment, including helping them with their job search, CV production, interview techniques and career development.
  • Supporting clients with managing their health at work, with input from the wider health team.
  • Assessing each client's work-related support needs, offering benefits or welfare advice and helping them develop a personal Information Plan to support any discussions with their employer and colleagues.
  • Sourcing job opportunities for clients through job searching as well as through regular contact with employers.
  • Educating and supporting employers, including negotiating workplace adjustments, developing a return-to-work strategy and ensuring job retention with ongoing contact.
  • Developing collaborative working relationships with the wider clinical team and promoting the IPS model as a positive step in the recovery journey.

About us

Join 'Team Derbyshire Healthcare' and become part of a talented, compassionate and enthusiastic workforce committed to a vision of 'making a positive difference in people's lives'.

CQC rated us as 'GOOD' overall, commenting on how our colleagues treated patients with compassion and kindness and felt positive and proud about working for the trust.

Benefits include:
  • 27 days annual leave/year plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 days after 5 years & 33 days after 10 years' service pro rata for part time
  • Free car parking
  • Yearly appraisal and commitment to ongoing training
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Good maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
  • Health service discounts and online benefits
  • Incremental pay progression
  • Free confidential employee assistance programme 24/7
  • Access to our LGBT+ network, BAME Network and Christian Network
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities
  • Structured learning and development opportunities

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please review the attached Job Description and Person Specification. To apply, please click ON APPLY FOR THIS JOB - this link will take you to the TRAC Recruitment Site, you will need to register if you do not already have an account
Why join us?
As an Employment Specialist, youre not just transforming the lives of the people you work with, youre also creating a fairer and more inclusive society. Youll join a passionate, driven team and receive the training and support you need to advance your career in a rewarding, diverse and fast-moving environment.

If youve got any questions about the role, feel free to email and well be happy to discuss it with you.

Previous applicants need not apply

Person Specification



  • Advisory experience
  • Experience of supporting people with mental health problems into suitable employment
  • Knowledge of IPS
  • Experience of working with people with mental health problems implementing individual programmes and interventions
  • Experience of working with employment providers


  • IPS training
  • Experience of working in supported employment
  • Motivational interviewing training
  • Experience of writing a CV
  • IAG L6
  • Working with employers
  • Knowledge of disability-related benefits
  • Experience of collecting outcome data



  • Enthusiasm & understanding towards supporting people with mental health problems find employment
  • An understanding of the benefits of work to Recovery for mental health
  • Therapeutic approaches to engage service users towards vocational goals
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Negotiating and promotional skills


  • Training delivery
  • Supervision of staff

team working


  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Negotiating & promotional skills
  • Experience of working with employment providers


  • Experience of supervising staff

Employer details

Employer name

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust




North East Derbyshire

S40 1JF

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