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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 26/05/2020.

Employment Specialist, Newmarket, West Suffolk

Job Reference: J183-A-20-69994

Central Advertising - Other
£23,675 - £25,530

This advertisement has been placed by the organisation named in the 'Department' section above.

Should you require further information regarding this vacancy please contact the organisation direct.

Job Title:

Employment Specialist, West Suffolk - Newmarket



37.5 hours a week, worked 9am-5pm, Monday - Friday



£23,765 – £25,530

Starting salary at initial grade point, reviewed at 6 months plus performance incentive following probation



Initially a 1-year contract, with the expectation that the role will develop into a permanent position



Newmarket Community Hospital, Exning Road, Newmarket CB8 7JG

(travel to other locations expected)



33 days’ annual leave including bank holidays to start

Company Pension

BUPA Employee Assistance Programme



The Employment Specialist Role

The successful candidate will be embedded in the Integrated Delivery Teams (Newmarket) and work closely with jobseekers and potential employers across the area to secure ongoing employment.


The post holder will be personable, as well as a motivated self-starter who is resilient and has great communication skills. They’re main tasks will be:


  • To promote and secure access to employment for those with enduring mental health conditions.
  • To work in partnership with disabled and disadvantaged people (clients), employers and the local statutory and voluntary sectors to promote well matched employment opportunities for your clients.
  • To provide all necessary advice and guidance required by clients to prepare for their career - for example by helping them to produce CVs and by advising them on interview techniques and self-presentation. This may include referral to specialist advice e.g. benefits, legal, debt.
  • To work effectively with Secondary Mental Health services, and with the relevant care coordinators and other clinicians.
  • To liaise with local Further Education Colleges, Adult Community Colleges, and other training providers in order to provide access to relevant training opportunities where these will assist in developing a career path.
  • To keep up to date with information on grants and advisory services for clients and employers, for instance funding for specialised equipment or advice on the Equality Act 2010.
  • To deliver a quality assured accreditation-based service compliant with IPS Fidelity
  • To undertake necessary training and supervision in order to be able to fulfil duties as described above.


This fabulous role calls for empathy, determination and resilience, and a solution-focused results-orientated approach. The ideal candidate may have a recruitment, personnel or support work background, but is just as likely to have broad business experience, which can be drawn on to achieve positive outcomes.


Most importantly, you need to be personable, as well as a motivated self-starter who is resilient and has great communication skills. High quality staff are the key to our success and you will need to be self-motivated, passionate about supporting people and willing to actively promote clients to employers.




Employ-Ability, an Essex-based charity, is seeking to recruit suitable candidates to support those, with mental ill health, to find and keep employment. Our recent achievements include securing further funding to deliver IPS and Retention Services across South and West Essex with Essex Partnership University Trust. Employ-Ability is a highly successful supported employment service, as well as a recognised Centre of Excellence. The charity works with Essex Partnership University Foundation Trust to deliver an Essex wide Individual Placement and Support (IPS) service and from April 2019 with Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust to deliver a West Suffolk, Ipswich and East Suffolk Service.


For more information about the role please read the Job Description and Person Specification.


For informal discussions or specific questions, please call:

  • Sharif Sharif, Employment Services Team Leader (Suffolk) on 07583 020287
  • Kevin Garrod, Service Manager on 07827 885922



How to Apply

  • Submit your Application on NHS Jobs


When submitting your Application please note the following:

  • We can only shortlist on the basis of your answers to the questions in the application form. Remember to read the Job Description and Person Specification on our website.
  • CV’s are not accepted.
  • The application form is an opportunity for you to showcase your skills and experience. Please ensure you provide evidence and details of how you developed and applied the relevant skills, knowledge and experience. It is not enough to list the skills, knowledge and attitudes from the Person Specification in your answers.
  • The post is subject to; acceptable references, an enhanced DBS search, Occupational Health Assessment and the right to work in the U.K. verification
  • If you are unclear about any of this information, please contact the Service Manager on the number above.
  • If you have a disability and wish to disclose, then please inform us of any reasonable adjustments required for the interview if you are shortlisted.
  • On application, an Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form will be forwarded to you. Completion is voluntary, and details are on the form.



Closing date:

12pm on Tuesday 26th May

Interview date:

Monday 1st June (subject to change, dependent on COVID-19 restrictions)

Interview Location:

Newmarket Community Hospital, Exning Road, Newmarket CB8


Details on the interview process and directions will be forwarded to short listed applicants.

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.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the current Resident Labour Market Test which will be in place until the end of December 2020. UK Visas and Immigration requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement.

Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks For Overseas Applicants

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