Individual Placement & Support (IPS) Specialist
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Individual Placement & Support (IPS) Specialist (Havant)
Hours: 28 hrs per week
Salary: £25,071 to £27,677 pro rata per annum
Location: Havant (hybrid/community/outreach)
Closing date: 03 Dec 2023
Interview date: W/C 11 Dec 2023
About the role
As an IPS Specialist, you will use your skills and experience to work directly (including telephone, face to face and online engagement) with people with mental health issues to help them find and retain suitable employment. You will work with clients to help them identify their needs and goals, improve their CV, polish interviews skills, etc. You will also work closely with Southern NHS and employers.
Main duties of the job
You will need to have excellent communication skills and a good understanding of the key difficulties and challenges faced by people with mental health issues in gaining or retaining employment.
DBS NOTE TO APPLICANTS -We have assessed this role as requiring an Enhanced and Barred level of disclosure.
We welcome applications from all of the communities in which we work. We also positively encourage applications from people with mental health problems to apply for a role within Solent Mind. Appointments are made on merit.
We reserve the right to end any vacancies prior to the advertised closing date if a sufficient number of applications have been received. Therefore, please submit your application as early as possible.
Solent Mind is a mental health charity providing a range of high quality services to improve peoples mental wellbeing and to promote choice and rights to everyone who needs our support. Last year we supported 55,000 people with their mental health needs and we employ around 400 staff. Our services operate in various locations throughout the Hampshire area.We are part of the Mind Federation.Solent Mind has a Gold award for Workplace Wellbeing Index 2022/2023 and has signed up to Mindful Employer.
The IPS Specialist will join the EIP IPS Team working under the direction of the Team Leader to deliver IPS as part of the holistic recovery plan for mental health service users.
Manage a caseload and work directly with clients who have mental health support needs to assist them into securing sustainable paid employment, in line with their job goals
Complete a Vocational Profile for each client and tailor action plans that are aligned with their job goals and include specific steps that will be taken to meet these goals, such as support with their job search, CV, application forms and interview techniques
Utilise a solution focused approach when working with clients by recognising each persons unique skills/strengths, disclosure queries within the assessment & action plan
Assist with sourcing and accessing resources such as in work benefit calculations, transport routes, support needs etc.
Maintain a professional relationship with the service users of the programme and with key internal and external stakeholders, with particular attention to confidentiality and the maintenance of boundaries
Provide individualised support to service users once they have returned to work to assist them in sustaining employment
Create good employer engagement throughout the city; identify employers, develop, and maintain meaningful relationships with the recruitment leads in order to negotiate job opportunities that meet each client's strengths, needs, abilities, and preferences
Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of the local labour market, and the types of jobs available through attending business expos, forums, local job fairs and employer contact. A substantial amount of the work will need to be done in the community
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
Attend weekly clinical meetings with the Community Mental Health Teams to engage and generate referrals, and to create a collaborative working partnership with clinical staff
Adhere to administrative and data capture protocols which record the progress of individuals, and to keep accurate and complete records of casework
Regularly collect and promote service user employment recovery stories
Adhere to the aims, values, policies, and procedures of Solent Mind, particularly safeguarding and health & safety
This list is non exhaustive and other duties may be required to meet the needs of Solent Mind.