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Employment Specialist

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

As part of the NHS England initiative , Individual Placement and Support (IPS) services, we have an exciting opportunity for you to join our Future's Positive Team as an Employment Specialist to deliver employment support to individuals with mental health conditions across Nottinghamshire . Getting into employment can be a critical part of a recovery journey, so a you will be focusing on providing motivational, supportive and person centred support to enable people to secure employment

We have an exciting opportunity for individuals to join our Future's Positive Team as community-based Employment Specialists. You will provide individual support to people faced with barriers into employment, using a strength-based approach to gain sustainable paid work. You will feel comfortable working with a caseload of 20-30 people (FTE) from a wide geography, and across different projects in a fast-paced environment. We get to work quickly, and you will too.

Main duties of the job

You will provide support and guidance to people who have experienced mental health challenges in exploring their interest and opportunities to find and retain employment

You will have an individual caseload, complete vocational profiles, support service users with interviews and actions plans, and support people when they are in employment.

You will proactively engage with employers to open up and secure employment opportunities and you will network with Job Centres and Employment Schemes in the local area.

You will have experience of working with people with mental health challenges , have an understanding of working with the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) evidence base / principles .

About us

We have a huge variety of opportunities in our expansive Trust covering geographically from South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire to Leicester, providing mental health inpatient and community services, community health services, forensic mental health services and secure prison healthcare across the East Midlands.

We have more than 100 sites and a huge scope of unique opportunities to develop your career and gain some amazing experiences. We strive to be a great place to work and offer many staff benefits and tailored staff support and wellbeing programmes.

Do you want to make a difference?

Do you believe in Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork?

Then Nottinghamshire Healthcare is the perfect place for you to start, maintain or further your career. Join our team of nearly 9000 who are making a difference every day. We are all about our people - our staff, volunteers, carers, service users and patients. We are NottsHC.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

The Future's Positive Employment Service (IPS) work across the Local Mental Health Team's (LMHT's) in Nottinghamshire

You will have a caseload of people who have experienced mental health challenges and want to find or return to employment . You will support them by assessing their specific employment needs through vocational profiling

You will co locate in the LMHT's and meet regularly with the care team to promote employment and raise expectations around the ability of service users to access employment

You will proactively work with employers and network with community organisations

(Please see attached job description for full role responsibilities)

A full UK driving licence and vehicle for business use is required for this post however reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled individuals in line with the Equality Act 2010.

Person Specification



  • Educated to degree level/equivalent in employment
  • Counselling or Careers Guidance/equivalent as evidenced by a relevant qualification


  • Occupational Therapy or Occupational Psychology Training
  • IPS Training
  • Employer Engagement Training



  • Previous experience with health, social services, or the voluntary sector, working with people who have experienced mental health problems


  • Personal experience of mental health problems



  • An understanding of the principles and practice of Individual Placement and Support.
  • An understanding of Employer engagement and strategies
  • Understanding of Recovery principles
  • A working knowledge of Human Resources good practice and Employment legislation in relation to supporting people with mental health needs in the work place
  • Understanding of Welfare Rights


  • An understanding of applied research methods
  • Good presentation skills



  • An ability to initiate and develop relationships with employers while being aware of their needs
  • Ability to build and develop relationships with service users having awareness of their needs to access employment
  • IT Skills
  • Motivational Skills
  • Use own initiative
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Vocational assessment skills


  • Good marketing skills
  • Good negotiation skills and persuasive style

Contractual Requirements


  • A full UK driving licence and vehicle for business use is required for this post

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Nottinghamshire - various

Highbury Road Bulwell



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