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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 26/10/2021.

Employment Specialist

Job Reference: 334-SOU-3532356-FR

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Employment Services
Maudsley Hospital (plus community and homeworking), London
£30,786 - £37,841 per annum inc of HCAS

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust has a rich history, well-established community links and an international reputation. We deliver specialist services in the London boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark, Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich.

We are committed to providing high quality and specialist care to our service users and we are recognised for the care and treatment we provide. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as ‘good’.

Our Values

We take pride in providing specialist care to our service users, where our Trust values and our promise to be caring, kind, polite, prompt, honest, listen and do what I say I’m going to do, is at the heart of everything we do. When you join us, you’ll be part of something special.

The Service: Work Well

At Work Well, we work to support people with mental health problems in achieving their own career goals. We believe everyone can work, and people should have choice about the type of work they want to do, and when to do it. Our vision for the future is a society where everyone can work, if they want to.

We currently employ over 40 employment professionals, including employment specialists, senior employment specialists, and employment team leaders. We have a wide range of expertise and our strong links with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) enables us to continually find new and improved ways to support people with mental health problems into employment.

The Team: Southwark Works

You will be joining a brand-new team of employment specialists as part of the highly successful Southwark Works programme. Southwark Works is an initiative commissioned by Southwark Council to help local people overcome barriers to work. The new team will work as part of a network of employment support services, who all work closely together to increase access to job opportunities for people living in the London Borough of Southwark.

The role: Employment Specialist

As an employment specialist at Work Well, you will be responsible for helping unemployed people with mental health problems to find work. This includes:

  • Working closely with clients to identify their barriers to work and develop solutions to help them find work quickly.
  • Communicating and engaging with local employers to identify suitable job opportunities.
  • Managing your own diary and workload under minimal supervision, being flexible and adapting to change in uncertain times.
  • Working with mental health professionals, support organisations, family members and carers when necessary to help clients get the support they need for returning to work.
  • Keeping clear and accurate records of the work you do using digital technology.
  • Working to agreed performance targets and quality standards, continually evaluating your own progress and working to achieve the highest possible standards in your work.
  • Learning from others and sharing your knowledge and expertise with colleagues within Work Well and across the Southwark Works network.

The location: London Borough of Southwark

The team is currently based at the Maudsley Hospital, less than 5 minutes from Denmark Hill train station (zone 2). The role will involve a mixture of:

  • home-based working (communicating via phone and email, and using video software such as Microsoft Teams),
  • office-based working (according to Covid-19 guidelines), and
  • working in the community (Southwark and surrounding area when necessary).


We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. There is an extensive range of excellent benefits for you and your family. We want you to feel like you are part of a close knit team at SLaM. It’s important to us that you valued and appreciated and that are why we have a comprehensive benefits package on offer.

Some of our benefits are highlighted here:

  • Generous pay, pensions and leave, we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance, flexible working and support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
  • Career development, There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes.
  • Car lease, our staff benefits from competitive deals to lease cars.
  • Accommodation, our staff benefits from keyworker housing available which is available on selected sites
  • NHS discounts, with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:

  • Counselling services
  • Wellbeing events
  • Long service awards
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants


We look forward to receiving your application.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Adele Gardner, Employment Services Lead

Email address

The Trust is committed to providing services which embrace diversity and that promote equality of opportunity. We accept people for who they are, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, marital status, race, sex, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and whether you’re pregnant or on family leave.

We are committed to equality and diversity for our staff and patients. We believe that any form of discrimination is unacceptable, we aim to put this commitment into practice by:

  • Embedding our commitment to tackling inequality, eliminating discrimination and harassment; promoting equality of opportunity and fostering good relations in our everyday practice
  • Ensuring that all our services and all staff understand and support our commitment
  • We believe that people who use our services, their carers and our staff, should be treated with compassion, respect and dignity

Please note:

  • That all applications for this post will need to be made online
  • That you read and understand the Job Description and Personal Specification attached to the role. Your Statement in Support should reflect the requirements specified as your application will be judged against these criteria
  • That the closing date listed is a guide only and that the vacancy may close earlier should sufficient number of applicants have been received. We advise that you submit your application as early as possible
  • That once you have submitted your application you agree to your application being transferred to a 3rd party e-recruitment system. All subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from
  • That should you not have heard from us within three weeks from the closing date your application has not successful
  • That priority consideration for applications may be given to at-risk NHS employees
  • That we are a smoke-free Trust
  • SLaM is a Disability Committed employer and is a Stonewall Diversity Champion, Stonewall is the largest Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans (LGBTQIA+) rights charity in Europe’

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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