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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 12/02/2020.

Senior Employment Specialist

Job Reference: 274-LPFT6131

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Employment Team
Grantham Community Mental health Team, Sycamore Centre, Beaconfield Site, Beacon Lane, Grantham
£30,401 to £37,267 pa


Lincolnshire is leading the way with mental health transformation projects

Do you want to be part of changing mental health for the future? Improving things for the next generation and influencing the future. We have a number of exciting new opportunities for clinical and non-clinical staff.

Excellent, well trained and motivated staff are what make the Trust as successful as we are.

We employ over 2200 staff in a variety of roles and are proud that in the past two years we have been rated by our own staff as one of the best mental health trusts in England; achieving the second best mental health trust nationally in 2018 staff survey. We firmly believe that the key to high quality patient care is a contented workforce and this is reflected in the Care Quality Commission rating us as ‘outstanding’ for well led and ‘good’ overall.

As a Trust we believe that having a diverse workforce and allowing people to be themselves is essential to good employment, we are openly supportive and encourage difference. We have three active staff network groups for Black Asian Minority Ethnics (BAME), Lesbian Gay Bi-Sexual Transgender (LGBT+) and staff with Mental and Physical Lived Experience (MAPLE). This has resulted in annual staff conferences and some great national accolades, such as, the Trust being included in the Top 100 organisations in the country within the Stonewall Index.

A new Band 6 opportunity has arisen within LPFT’s IPS Employment Service to support the service expansion and development.

The IPS Service provides support in finding and retaining paid employment for people with a severe and enduring mental health conditions.

The role of the Senior Employment Specialist will be to provide supervision and support to the IPS team members who are based across the county within Adult CMHTS.

The postholder will provide Individual Placement and Support (IPS) to a caseload of service users and assist the other Employment Specialists with complex case management.

As this is a developing service, the postholder will also work closely with the Service Lead to further develop / expand the service.

This post requires both enthusiasm and a commitment towards supporting people with mental health conditions to find paid employment. This includes working collaboratively with a wide range of employers and relevant agencies and partners from the statutory, voluntary and business sectors, internal and external to the Trust.

An understanding of the benefits of employment as part of the recovery process and a positive attitude to enabling service users overcome barriers to finding employment, are essential. The post will involve working in the community and require the ability to work autonomously, working closely with Adult CMHT teams across the Trust in Lincolnshire.

You will be educated to degree level or hold equivalent experience in the field of supported employment, have knowledge of the national employment and welfare benefits agenda; and have skills and recent experience of working with people with mental health conditions. You must be willing to undertake training in the model of IPS, an evidence-based intervention used by the service.

LPFT holds the ‘Centre of IPS Excellence Status’ with the Centre for Mental Health, one of only 20 organisations in the country.

If you require further information on this post please contact:

Sara Brewin (LPFT)
Occupational Therapy Vocational Lead and Service Development Manager on
01522 518500 or

In partnership with staff, volunteers, patients and carers we have developed our values, behaviours and culture over the past three years; and we live by them. Our leaders are compassionate, supportive and avoid blame. We look at solution focused outcomes, working on a theme of continuous improvement, which benefits the Trust, its employees and of course our patients and services users.

We also offer great new rewards and benefits to staff as you will see, so if you are not already part of our team why not come and join us?

We also offer great new rewards and benefits to staff as you will see, so if you are not already part of our team why not come and join us?

We offer 24 hour services within our Inpatient, Crisis and SPA teams, if you are successfully appointed to posts in these areas or others that might have specified, you will be required to work unsociable hours and shift patterns.

Preference will be given to NHS colleagues who are currently 'at risk' and meet the minimum criteria of the Job Description & Person Specification.

Please provide accurate details for your references, these should cover the last 3 years and include your current or most recent employer or education to enable The Recruitment Team to be timely in their request. For internal staff we will seek a reference from your current manager.

Interview Expenses will not be paid.

Due to recent high volumes of applications, posts may be closed earlier once a sufficient number have been received.

Where required new employees will be subject to an electronic Disclosure & Barring Service check, please refer to the additional documentation above. You will be asked to attend a Pre-employment check appointment in Sleaford or Lincoln. Start dates will coincide with Induction and fall on the first week of the each month.

If you have any difficulty completing this application form please contact (01522) 421510
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Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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