Clinical Vocational Specialist

West London NHS Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year plus HCAS
Closing date
24 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Band 5 - 1 position available - Ealing

Are you passionate about supporting people with mental health conditions?

Do you think that work is part of Recovery?

Do you love to use your initiative and see results?

Then keep reading!

The Vocational Recovery Services of West London NHS operates across 3 pathways: Job Retention, Work Experience and IPS.

We are recruiting to the post of Clinical Vocational Specialist to clients of the Vocational Recovery Services - part of the newly configured MINT teams of West London Mental Health Trust. Working as an integral member of the VRS and MINT teams you will provide a range of employment-related services and supports to people with mental health conditions.

Main duties of the job

As a Clinical Vocational Specialist you will provide support along the service pathways and to provide specialist assessments, advice, coaching and counselling and advocacy to clients with mental health conditions that wish to retain employment/pursue vocational activity relating to employment.

You will also work to identify and jointly remove any clinical barriers that inhibit service users from engaging in employment in the wider jobs market.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

The regulations mandating vaccination for in-scope roles in the NHS have now been removed. The Trust does however continue to encourage and support staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID19. Vaccination data will be collected by our recruitment team during your on-boarding if you are happy to provide a copy of your COVID pass

Job description Job responsibilities

The Vocational Recovery Services of West London NHS operates across 3 pathways: Job Retention, Work Experience and IPS.

We are embedded in our local MINT Teams across a number of sites and work closely with our IPS colleagues and members of the MDT.

This post is suitable to a newly qualified practitioner who is interested in employment as part of mental health recovery and in developing further, with support and mentoring, in this exciting area of Recovery in Mental Health.

This post will suit someone who is confident to liaise with employers, mental health professionals, employment and training specialists, trade union officials, college tutors and other agencies to ensure the employment/vocational goals and needs of the client are met.

Youll need to be assertive and adaptable, with a positive attitude about employment for all and excellent networking and interpersonal skills. You will have the opportunity to work independently as well as being part of a supportive team

The ability to travel in a timely manner around the catchment area and to various employer locations is essential.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Professional qualification and professional registration in a relevant health field (Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Social Work)
  • Evidence of CPD
  • Willing to do Preceptorship (where indicated)/undertake further role specific training
  • Personal lived experience of mental health issues
  • IPS trained
  • Job Retention Training
  • Transferable Skills Analysis
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working in a Recovery based service
  • Experience of working in a community-based mental health environment
  • Experience of working with mental health service users, both individually and in groups
  • Experience of working in a vocational context
  • Experience of supervising students/more junior staff
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of the Recovery Approach and its associated practice
  • Current knowledge of legislation relevant to the field
  • Relevant current mental health legislation including NICE guidelines, risk assessment and risk management
  • Understanding of health and social care governance
  • Knowledge in vocational assessment, treatment planning, intervention and evaluation in mental health vocational
  • Knowledge of HR processes
  • Group work theory and practice
  • Knowledge of health and social care governance
  • Knowledge of IPS
Skills Essential
  • Effective written and verbal communication
  • Ability to present information clearly
  • Ability to hold professionals and peers to account
  • Ability to deal with complex and emotive issues
  • Good performance management skills
Other Requirements Essential
  • Ability to build rapport with service users, careers and colleagues
  • Can use constructive criticism and openly seeks to review and reflect on own style and presentation
  • Resilient and self-motivated with drive and vision that is able to work on own initiative and manage a range of priorities across competing agendas
  • Willingness to work flexibly and with enthusiasm and creativity across traditional role boundaries
  • Empathy with the needs of people using mental health and related services, and a vision of how services can make changes for improvement

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