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Employment Specialist and IPS Clinical Lead (RMN, OT or Social Worker)

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you looking to progress your career as a registered mental health professional or take up a new challenge that really makes a difference?

We are a dedicated team of mental health professionals, supporting people who want to work and are using secondary mental health services. Employment that suits an individual can be integral to their recovery, and is sometimes life transforming. If you are keen to make a real difference in peoples' lives, this could be the role for you.

Main duties of the job

This opportunity is open to Mental Health Nurses, Occupational Therapists and Social Workers. You do not need to be a fully developed Employment Specialist to apply. Training in the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model, and in IPS Team Leadership is provided. 1 :1 Supervision is integral and there is peer support through the IPS community of practice. If you are a Band 5 with community or forensic mental health experience and want to progress to a Band 6 leadership role, do consider applying.

We are looking for someone with significant mental health clinical experience, who has the ability or potential to lead, inspire optimism, and supervise others.

This rewarding role will be to provide clinical leadership and supervision for a small team of IPS Job Coaches. It will also be to carry a small caseload of service users with complex needs using the IPS model to support them through all stages of their employment journey, including talking with potential employers and in-work support after an individual starts their new job.

About us

As an organisation, Somerset Partnership also offers the usual benefits of working in the NHS, but also excellent wellbeing support for staff including access to a 24/7 counselling service and six active and impactful colleague networks. These networks provide a safe space for colleagues to share their experiences and learn from one another, but also influence change across our trust:
  • Multicultural Network
  • Women's Network
  • Armed Forces' Network
  • LGBTQ+ Network
  • Lived Experience Network, for colleagues living with disabilities
  • Autistic Colleague Network

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter.

If an escape to beautiful Somerset appeals to you, a relocation package is available. East Somerset includes historic villages and towns such as Glastonbury, Wells and Somerton, thriving arts communities and a fantastic range of quality food and drink producers.There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable.

We are proud to be the Winner of the Mental Health Trust of the Year category in the Health Service Journal Awards 2021

1000+ entries and 204finalists

136judges and 2judging stages

Job description Job responsibilities

Key aspects of this job role include:

Provision of clinical leadership and supervision for a small team of IPS colleagues, ensuring collaborative risk assessment and management is in place as needed, a small caseload of ones own clients, liaison with employers, data collection and reporting.

You will work in close partnership with the IPS Clinical Lead for the West and the Employment Support Service Manager.

If you are looking for regular hours this service operates 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday and involves agile working. Your base could be either Wells or Yeovil, with travel to the other locality as needed.

Please see attached Job Description for further details.

We welcome enquiries and visits (or an MS Teams call) if you are considering applying.

Person Specification Qualifications and Training Essential
  • A degree or equivalent qualification in social work, occupational therapy, or psychiatric nursing
  • Professional registration to practice in the UK
  • Master's degree in a relevant field
  • IPS Training
Knowledge Essential
  • Assessment, placement and support of adults with complex mental and physical health needs in employment related programmes.
  • Evidence based effective practice, clinical governance and audit
  • Vocational Rehabilitation and related legislation
  • Understanding of the role of employment in recovery
  • Understanding of the Individual Placement and Support model
Experience Essential
  • Working with people with SMI at band 5 or equivalent
  • Working with a range of service providers
  • Working with people with SMI at band 6 level
  • Forensic mental health experience
  • IPS or other employment specialist experience
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Supervisory Skills
  • Ability to recognise and manage challenging situations in a calm and professional manner
  • Work with service users and employers and advocate for employment opportunities
  • Vocational and worksite assessments
  • Mental Health risk assessment and management in relation to employment
  • Graded return to work or in work support planning
  • Able to use and learn to use various software applications
  • Cognitive assessment
  • Physical capacity / functional assessment
Communication Skills Essential
  • Evidence of a high standard of Literacy / English language skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to listen and communicate effectively with staff, service users, carers and relatives (as appropriate) remaining sensitive and empathetic
  • Ability to negotiate and mediate in complex situations
  • Able to take instruction and direction and work effectively as part of a team
Organisational Skills Essential
  • Excellent organisational skills, with ability to manage own time
  • Resourceful with ability to problem solve
Physical Skills Essential
  • Ability to use a keyboard and mouse
  • Must be a car driver with a valid driving license and appropriate insurance to travel throughout the county, to meet the needs of the service
Other Essential
  • Willingness to use technology to improve standards of care and support to our patients

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