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IPS Employment Specialist East Herts

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Bishops Stortford
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum, pro rata + 5% of basic salary (min £1,192 max £2,011)
Closing date
11 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Each Community Services Hub provides a specialist care pathway to Service Users with Non pyschotic disorders and Personality disorder. They also provide specialist care pathways to those with psychotic disorders.

Employment Support forms part of the pathways.

As the Employment Specialist (ES) for the quadrant you will be responsible for providing Individual Placement Support (IPS) for all Service Users who are currently unemployed who express a desire to gain paid employment as part of their recovery goals. You will carry a caseload of up to 25 service users.

Main duties of the job

You will work intensively with a defined caseload of Service Users who have a severe and enduring mental health condition which impacts on their ability to gain work.

You will assist them to obtain and sustain paid employment that is consistent with their goals, utilising the eight principles of Individual Placement Support (IPS).

About us

We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. Everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To carry a case load of Service Users who are currently off work / unemployed, receiving specialist mental health services and who wish to return to work.

To provide Job Retention support to those service users currently under secondary health services who are at risk of losing their job through supporting with meetings and responses to Managers, Occupational Health Departments, HR departments and Legal representatives. This may occasionally include supporting Services out of a job which despite adjustments and best efforts remains detrimental to their wellbeing To prepare individuals for a return to work by supporting service users to understand their skills, aspirations and goals through vocational profiling and action planning.

Focus on rapid job search with the service user, whilst utilising local support networks to help them overcome their barriers to employment.

Source job opportunities for service users through tailored job search and regular contact with employers.

When placing service users with employers, ensure that the quality of work environments is explored, including potential for workplace adjustments that will accommodate individual strengths, skills symptoms and coping skills.

To develop effective working relationships with a range of external agencies who might be better able to help individuals to achieve their employment goals for example, local colleges, training providers and external supported employment services

To provide education and support to employers, as agreed with the individual, which may include negotiating adjustments, return to work strategy and on-going contact with the employer to help with any new or reoccurring issues in relation to mental health and job sustainability.

To provide individualised support to service users once they have returned to work to assist them in maintaining employment.

Meet and exceed job outcome targets for service users

Build a multi-disciplinary approach to the return to work. For example, involve clinical staff (where relevant) in managing symptoms at work, medication reviews and supporting rehabilitation needs e.g. social skill development, budgeting, travel training etc.

Contribute to the effective monitoring and evaluation of systems relating to IPS delivery within the quadrant

For full details of the role and responsibilities please see attached job description and person specification.

Person Specification



  • Educated to a degree level or equivalent


  • IPS trained
  • Additional relevant training in areas of employment, mental health, coaching
  • Job Retention Training



  • Considerable experience of working with adults with MH difficulties in a health or social care setting
  • Significant experience working in a role delivering employment support.


  • Supervision of junior staff
  • Experience of partnership working, negotiation and liaison with other agencies



  • Knowledge of disability and special needs issues, policies and legislation in relation to employment
  • Understanding of the principles and practice of IPS
  • Knowledge of employment law
  • Team orientated and work collaboratively within a mixed - disciplinary team
  • Experience of partnership working, negotiation and liaison work with other agencies
  • Experience of opening up job opportunities with a range of employers
  • Ability to work with key IT tools such as MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint



  • Ability to provide and receive sensitive information regarding services users care and social situation
  • Ability to work effectively in a team
  • Knowledge of appropriate professional relationships and boundaries
  • Ability to negotiate and persuade appropriately prospective employers of benefits of offering work opportunities to Service Users
  • Active listening skills, ability to ask perceptive questions that tease out important information
  • Compelling written and verbal communication skills, tailored to a variety of audiences


  • Mentoring/Coaching Skills

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Bishops Stortford

London Road

Bishops Stortford

CM23 3LA

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