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Peer Employment Specialist

Job Reference: 333-J-BR-0289

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Brondesbury Road, Brent
£27,936-£34,628 per annum

CNWL (Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust) has almost 7,000 staff providing integrated healthcare to a third of London's population, Milton Keynes and areas beyond. We involve service users, carers, the public, staff and partner organisations in the way that we are run. You can become a member by visiting our website.

Our catchment area spans diverse communities, with over 100 first languages spoken. It contains areas of great affluence as well as areas of much deprivation. We are committed to providing services that meet the needs of the people who use them, and we actively encourage involvement from local people who can help make a difference. We’re proud of our diversity and we continue to undertake new initiatives to advance equality for LGBT+, BME and people with disabilities to promote good relations and understanding between our staff.

CNWL is recognised locally, nationally and internationally for providing high quality, innovative healthcare. We aim to employ only the best people, and our experts are frequently called upon to contribute to national health strategy and policy, and many models of our care have been adapted for use in other countries.


Do you have direct life of experience of recovery from mental health challenges and a deep commitment to supporting people with mental health difficulties into employment?

This is an exciting opportunity to work with people with mental health difficulties who want to make the transition into paid employment and to support people on that journey. You will use your direct life experiences of recovery, and employment in recovery, to inspire the belief that people with mental health difficulties can thrive in employment.

You will have your own lived experience of using secondary mental health or addiction services, lived experience of recovery, and a strong track record of sustainable employment in recovery. You will have significant experience of working with people with mental health or addiction difficulties or a similar client group towards employment or broader recovery goals.

In this post you will be working closely with the Employment Team Leader and a multi-disciplinary clinical team. You will be committed to implementing the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model which is the most effective, evidence based, employment model for people with more severe and complex mental health or addiction challenges. You will have excellent support and coaching skills and an ability to inspire change through mentorship.

You will have proven skills in sharing and utilising lived experience and working in a recovery approach. You will be able to develop good relationships with clients, staff and carers and will be able to see solutions rather than problems.

You will be joining a well-established Employment Service, who are a National Centre of Excellence, and will have access to a range of professional development and training opportunities.

Your role will often involve being the only Employment Specialist in a mental health team, and you will need to promote employment and raise expectations around the ability of service users to access paid employment. You will have individual and team targets, and will receive professional supervision and support from an Employment Team leader, a clinical supervisor and local peers. You will also be expected to spend time in the community negotiating job opportunities via the hidden labour market, as well as networking with local agencies.

You will be fully supported in this role by a team line manager and in one to one and group peer worker supervision

All posts are funded for 2 years initially, but there is a commitment to securing on-going funding. Successful applicants will be entitled to 27 days annual leave per year, as well as access to the NHS final salary pension scheme.

Due to the number of posts advertised, candidates who pass the recruitment assessment centre may be asked to attend an interview on a later date in the team of their choice. We will contact you to invite you to the Assessment Centre, and will discuss interview dates and your availability.


Brent Community Mental Health Team

15 Brondesbury Road, Brent, London, NW6 6BX

For further information or to arrange a visit please contact Lubna Bhatti on 07702 140 750 or emai

Harrow Community Mental Health Team

Bentley House - 1st Floor 15 - 21 Headstone Drive, Harrow and Wealdstone, HA3 5QX

For further information or to arrange a visit please contact Angela Cooper on 07907 978263 or email

Assessment day week beginning 17th June 2019.

For further details / informal visits contact:

For information about Trustwide Employment Services please contact Rash Patel –Employment Services Manager on 07840 169 707 or email

CNWL are committed to safeguarding all children and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.. We follow safe recruitment practices to protect children and vulnerable adults.

After applying via NHS Jobs, your submitted application will be imported into our preferred Third party recruitment system. All subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from (please add this to your email safe senders list and check your junk email folder in case any notifications are being sent there). You will not be able to track the progress of your application or receive messages through the NHS Jobs website, and as an employer, we will not be able to respond to any e-mails sent to us via the NHS Jobs website. By applying for this post you are agreeing to CNWL NHS Foundation Trust transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. If you are offered a job, information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system.

Due to the high response levels we receive for some vacancies, we may expire any of them prior to the advertised closing date and advise you to submit your application as soon as possible. Candidates shortlisted for interview will be informed via the email address registered with NHS Jobs.

CNWL Agenda for Change employment contracts are subject to a contractual 13 week probationary period

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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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