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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 30/03/2020.

Employment Support Worker

Job Reference: 798-9968

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
Reablement Team MH
£21,089 to £23,761 pa

Please note that applications are welcomed from all suitably qualified/experienced individuals. However prior consideration will be given to applications from individuals who are ‘at risk’ and employed by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust. If an appointment is made from that at risk group, the post will be withdrawn.


Our Trust is a great place to work and we are keen to ensure that all our employees have the right values in order that we can provide the best service to our patients. These values are very important to us, and as a potential candidate you should be made aware that we test for these throughout the whole assessment/recruitment and selection process, and will only interview and recruit individuals who demonstrate these values through their application and behaviour.

Details of our Values can be found on our website link 'Working together for outstanding care - our vision'

Together We Can

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust is a leading provider of community nursing, therapy and mental health services to people of all ages throughout our county.

Rated Good by the CQC, with a clearly defined strategy and proven financial track record, we believe that key to maintaining our high standards and meeting the challenges we face is to retain and recruit committed, skilled and motivated staff.

So Together We Can empower you to make changes which will make every day better; we can support you through our health and wellbeing opportunities; and we can continually meet your ambitions through our flexible in-house learning and development programmes.

We believe our staff are our biggest asset. We want to develop a positive, inclusive and caring culture that engages and inspires all our staff, with a clear focus on improvement and advancing equality of opportunity.

Following a successful bid for central government funding, Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust are looking to recruit an Employment Support Worker as part of the Trust IPS (Individual Placement and Support) service to work within Community Assessment & Recovery Service (CARS) in the South of the county and will be based at Studdert Kennedy House in Worcester. The post holder will be located in Worcester working across county boundaries, to meet the employment needs of clients and as the service continues to develop. The post holder will be required to cover additional sites such as Evesham and Droitwich to meet client needs

This post will be initially offered as contracts up until l 31st March 2021 with the potential for extension of this contract.

You will be required to:

  • Proactively manage a caseload of people who have experienced mental health problems who are unemployed and economically inactive.

  • Provide employment support for our client group who are furthest away from the job market to move them closer to their employment goals, in the hope that these achievements aid individuals’ recovery and social inclusion goals.

  • Work within a multidisciplinary environment with service users with complex needs, supporting them to move into employment and sustain this or other recovery, in conjunction with key stakeholders.

  • Liaise closely with DWP providers.

  • Work proactively at employer engagement including educational, voluntary work and pre-vocational training opportunities and supporting employers on reasonable adjustments and retention of employees where necessary.

  • Work within the principle of IPS and maintain own performance data to be collated and submitted to NHS England and other stake holders

The successful candidates will be part of Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust ‘s IPS Employment Service, who are a Centre of Excellence for the Individual Placement and Support Model of Vocational Rehabilitation, having had their latest IPS fidelity review in 2018.

You will have experience both in the field of employment support and with clients experiencing mental ill health

You be capable of working independently and have the ability to take initiative, including making direct approaches to employers.

Personal experience of recovery from mental ill health is seen as an additional advantage in applying for this post although not essential.

For further details or an informal discussion contact:

Paul Wilcox or telephone 07553 376 653

Faye Evans or telephone 01905 734 538

Closing date: 30 March 2020

Interview dates 15th 16th and 17th April 2020

PLEASE NOTE: All new appointments are subject to 6 months’ probation period.

If the same or similar vacancy arises within the recruitment period of this post or up to 3 months afterwards, the Trust may chose not to re advertise, but to select a suitable candidate from this interview pool. The new post may differ in terms of the base, hours available (full or part time) or contract type (permanent or fixed term) and therefore you are encouraged to apply for advertised posts but specify on your application form your preferences.

In the event of exceptionally high levels of response, we reserve the right to close the post before the date stated in order to prevent the number of applications received being unmanageable.

Applicants must have the ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English in both verbal and written formats.

**If the position being applied for requires a DBS check to be undertaken on you, it will be a condition of your employment that you have subscribed and continue to subscribe to the DBS Update Service. New employees to the Trust are required to pay the fee for the initial DBS check (this will be deducted from their first months’ salary) and the annual subscription (£13) to the DBS Update Service. Internal applicants are required to pay the annual subscription fee only (£13). Further information on the update service can be found on our website link ‘DBS Update Service.’

The Trust offers a preceptorship year for newly qualified nurses and AHP's and attendance at preceptorship programmes is a condition of employment.

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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