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Employment Specialist - Cambridge

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum pro rata
Closing date
4 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Do you want to be part of a friendly and dynamic team of Employment Specialists committed to delivering excellent employment support to our service users? If you believe passionately that anyone with mental health difficulties can work and would like to be part of that journey, then this could be the role for you.

We are currently seeking an Employment Specialist to join our well established Individual Placement and Support Team. The post will be based in the Cambridge Adult Locality Team at Union House.

This is an incredibly rewarding role - you'll have the opportunity to transform the lives of service users, to give them hope, direction and support their recovery journey. This is also a challenging role, so you'll need to be resilient, empathetic and dedicated to supporting service users find a role that's right for them.

You'll build a good rapport with your clients, gaining a real understanding of their key skills, their aspirations and their career goals and finding them opportunities to match. You'll also spend time building productive relationships with employers in order to identify and negotiate job opportunities in the hidden labour market.

Please note the salary will be adjusted in line with Agenda for Change and implemented accordingly.

Main duties of the job

  • Building the profile of employment within the mental health teams, and raising expectations around the ability of service users under those teams to find employment.
  • Preparing people who have experienced mental health problems to find paid work and supporting them to the practicalities of job searching and applications.
  • Building effective working relationships with external employers to secure employment opportunities for people who have experienced mental health problems.
  • Providing on-going support according to needs of both employer and employee in orders to enable people who have experienced mental health problems to retain employment.
  • Helping those currently employed but struggling to get appropriate support at work.
  • Ensuring the service follows evidenced-based Individual Placement and Support (IPS) practice

Please note, this is not an administrative role, it is a client facing role which includes working to achieve set KPIs and targets.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities.
  • Support service users to 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.
  • Actively and regularly engage with employers and employment providers and seek out employment opportunities for service users.
  • Proactively address barriers to education, training and employment through partnership working with services.
  • Ensure effective communication with clinical team colleagues and relevant organisations internal and external to the Trust.
  • Ensure that service users are supported to progress through the service in a timely manner and are discharged / signposted / referred on at appropriate stages of their treatment.
  • Make regular written and verbal reports concerning the progress of service users, and maintain written and electronic records as per Trust policy.
  • Contribute positively to the achievement of service targets and outcomes to achieve commissioners requirements and target.
  • Complete required records for caseload and service activity and achievement of outcomes.

Person Specification

Education / Qualificaltions


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


  • 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 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
  • Personal experience of using Mental Health services

Knowledge and Skills


  • Enthusiasm and commitment towards supporting people with mental health problems find paid employment.
  • An understanding of the benefits of work as part of the recovery process and a positive attitude to enabling service users overcome barriers to finding employment, are essential.
  • Excellent marketing and promotional skills with an excellent negotiation skills & persuasive style
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work autonomously and use own initiative


  • Knowledge of relevant welfare benefits and benefits rules

Personal Qualities


  • Good time management skills to balance the co-ordination of own diary making best use of time, efficiently and effectively.



  • Ability to travel independently to other bases and Service User homes.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Cambridge Locality Team, Union House

37 Union Lane



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