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IPS Employment Specialist

Job Reference: 816-698

£20,150 pa to £23,363 pa

NAViGO Health and Social Care CIC provide health and social care services to a population of 158,000. We are a progressive and ambitious organisation that aims to support those living with a mental health illness, their carers and families in the simplest and most effective ways. We are different because we know working with the same methods doesn’t work forever; and we will continue to challenge the way we do things to create the best services that are centred on the people who use them.

Working together across Humber, Coast and Vale


Why should you work for us?


  • CQC overall rating GOOD 2018 – with two services rated Outstanding

  • We are in The Sunday Times Top 100 Best Not-for-profit Companies to work for 2019

  • Winners of The Sunday Times Learning and Development Special Award 2017

  • We are one of the top 75 best organisations to work for in Yorkshire and Humber region 2019

  • Outstanding national NHS Staff Survey 2018

  • Crisis Home Treatment service for older people accredited by the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ 2018

  • Awarded for ‘Excellence in DBT’ from the Association for Psychological Therapies 2018

  • 'Highly Commended' organisation in the James Legal Solicitors Inspiring Business 2019 Awards

  • NAViGO Simply You team crowned Heart Awards Business in Community winners 2018

  • Performance Team ‘highly commended’ in the best use of data category - Health Tech Awards 2018

  • Mental Health category winner - Medipex Awards 2018

  • Mental health services in North East Lincolnshire have been rated as amongst the best in the country by the people who use them


We really are different; we’ve purchased a garden centre and a caravan. Why? We’re growing and improving our services year on year; which means we also have to work hard at finding new ways to make our service sustainable. This social enterprise is about working together with local people to create services that are owned by the community, supported by it and loyal to it. It’s challenging, it’s exciting and we want like-minded people to join us. If you think that’s you, take a look at the job specification.



We have an exciting opportunity available within a brand new service for NAViGO as an IPS Employment Specialist.

IPS is the leading model to help people with severe mental illness into work. It is a model of supported employment, which means it aims to help people find paid jobs within just weeks of being referred to the service. Then it continues to work with both employer and employee to sustain the job placement for as long as possible, or to help the client into a different job.


As an IPS Employment Specialist, you will tailor your support to each individual, ensuring each person has the best chance of achieving their job aspirations. Clients on your caseload will be offered intensive support in finding and keeping employment. The role will involve:-


  • Managing a case load of around 20-30 people

  • Building relationships with our clinical teams

  • Creating relationships/negotiating with local employers on job opportunities

  • Source jobs through tailored searches/contacts within local employers

  • Supporting Service Users on your caseload to retain employment

You will be a dynamic individual who is well organised, personable, approachable, non-judgemental and have excellent communication skills. Ideally you will have a Diploma in Employment Services or equivalent experience. You will be able to build a rapport with people at all levels and confidently approach/negotiate local employers to secure job offers through the IPS programme. You will be a great listener and a real people-person who shows passion and a positive attitude in their role.


In return, we promise you a challenging yet rewarding role, helping to bring about change and improvement in quality of life to some very vulnerable people. You will become part of a forward thinking, innovative organisation dedicated to making a difference in your local community.


Please view Job Description/Personal Specification for further information.


Should you have any questions regarding this post please feel free to ring or email Joanne Keen on 01472 238438


All positions are subject to the receipt of satisfactory references and medical clearance. Evidence of valid professional registration and appropriate DBS clearances will also be required where relevant. All posts will also be subject to successful completion of a 12 week probationary period.


Please note that all new employees joining NAViGO will be able to contribute to the NHS pension.


This post is classed as exempted for the purposes of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, even those convictions that are classed as spent must be declared on your application.


We will ensure that all applicants are contacted within 2 weeks of the closing date.





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 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 Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department 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, must 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) will also be subject to this requirement.

Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks For Overseas Applicants

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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