Employment Specialist

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£32,720 to £39,769 pro rata per annum inclusive of outer London HCAS
Closing date
29 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Part Time
We are currently seeking an Employment Specialist for our Morden Recovery and Support Team. The Morden Recovery and Support Team is a community-based service for working-age adults between 18 to 70 years, who have experienced severe and enduring mental illness. The Morden Recovery and Support Team works collaboratively with clients, their carers and networks with the aim of minimising the impact of mental disorder has on their lives. The team is made of integrated health and social care professionals. We work in close partnership with GPs, Housing, Police and other key partners, including voluntary organisations.

Morden RST is a stable and cohesive team built on mutual trust, collaboration, teamwork and support. This largely explains our stability and very little or no turnover. Successful applicants will work as part of a Multidisciplinary Team. Our vocational team works with a collaborate coaching style, helping each other to grow and develop which helps contribute to feeling valued and empowered, while also receiving regular professional support and supervision.

Main duties of the job

The successful post holder will have a caseload of 20 - 25 clients and will be responsible for supporting them in finding suitable Employment or retaining an existing job.

This role enables you to deliver the Individual Placement and Support approach - evidence based model of vocational rehabilitation for people with mental health problems.This includes working with clients on an individual basis and supporting them towards their goals with tailored employment support and employer engagement

You will be working directly with all relevant stakeholders including the service user, CMHT/RST staff, GPs, Employers, Human Resources and Occupational Health services to enable people experiencing mental health issues to gain, retain and sustain employment.

About us

We have expert services, a rich history and a clear commitment to providing the best quality care for those with mental ill-health. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good' - we aspire to be 'outstanding'.

This is a great time to join us. We are transforming the way we care for our communities to support our mission of Making Life Better Together. We have built two brand new mental health facilities at Springfield University Hospital, which are amongst the best in the world. More developments are planned across our sites and services.

We are inclusive and diverse and strive to be actively anti racist. We want to attract people from all backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work we do together. We are proud to co-produce and involve our local communities in all that we do.

We offer flexible working, career development and a variety ofbenefits to enable a positive, welcoming environment in which our people and their careers can thrive.

Come and join our inclusive teams and help our patients on their recovery journey.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To implement, in conjunction with other members of the team, plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a patients mental health problems using SCM.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment and treatment of allocated patients within the service model.
  • To participate in clinical and managerial supervision.
  • To be responsible for the flexible management of a defined caseload designed to meet the individual needs of the client and carers.
  • To work within policy, professional and legal frameworks at all times and have a clear understanding of ones Code of Professional Conduct, risk assessment and safeguarding children protocols, Mental Health Act and CPA, and Trust clinical policies
  • To ensure effective communication within the team and share relevant information as required.
  • To implement and/or participate in crisis intervention measures with the client/family or in conjunction with other agencies.
  • To supervise and monitor the therapeutic effects and side-effects of prescribed medication providing the client with clear advice and information

Agile and flexible working:

As one of the few Trusts in London we are proud to offer flexible and agile working as part of our new ways of working, and we are happy to talk flexible working at the interview stage. In this role you will be able to work Monday to Friday in the time frames from 9am to 5pm giving you the very best of good work life balance.

Person Specification



  • Educated to degree level or equivalent


  • Trained in the IPS approach



  • Experience of working with and supporting people who have experienced mental health problems (or other unemployed disadvantaged groups) into and in employment within health, social services, or the voluntary sector
  • Experience of successfully helping people to obtain or keep education/work


  • Experience of partnership working negotiation and liaison work with other agencies
  • Experience of job development



  • Knowledge of interpretation of welfare benefits and disability/employment related benefits
  • Knowledge of the Equality Act
  • Knowledge of disability and special needs issues in relation to employment/ education
  • An understanding of the issues of user involvement in mental health services
  • Ability to work to service outcomes and set targets
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Good facilitation skills
  • An ability to negotiate diplomatically and effectively with staff at all levels and users of mental health services
  • Ability to work in a complex environment and can demonstrate a high level of perseverance, being committed to seeing plans through to their conclusion with agreed timescales
  • Understanding of relevant disability and employment policy and legislation
  • A good understanding of the principles and practice of supported employment


  • Report writing skills
  • Knowledge of government and local funding opportunities regarding learning and employment opportunities
  • Knowledge of Employment law
  • Good numeracy, financial and information management skills

Employer details

Employer name

South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust


The Wilson

Cranmer Road



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