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IPS Employment Specialist

Job Reference: 383-NEI-750-19

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Within the above CMHTs, Bolsover & North East Derbyshire, Amber Valley, Erewash, Derby city
AfC Band 5: £24,214-£30,

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A new and exciting opportunity has arisen, for a number of permanent Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Employment Specialists across Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Trust in the following areas within the community mental health teams :

  • Derby City
  • Bolsover & North East Derbyshire
  • Erewash
  • Amber Valley

The IPS employment model is internationally recognised as the most effective way to support people with mental health problems to gain and keep paid employment. It is based on over 20 years of research.

Each IPS worker will be working with people who have a severe mental illness and support them into competitive employment and then enabling them to retain that employment.

As an IPS worker you will be looking for paid employment opportunities for clients who are currently involved with the working age adult community mental health services in Derbyshire Healthcare Trust (including our early intervention in psychosis services).

This will involve developing opportunities with local employers and supporting them as well as the client, to ensure the right person is in the right job.

You will support clients with job searching, completing CVs and application forms and interview preparation.

Working with our clients, you will liaise and signpost to a range of employment and training programmes within the local area, to include Job Centre Plus.

Developing your knowledge and networks of employment related support services and inclusive employers within the local area is essential to this role.

Employment opportunities would include those within Derbyshire healthcare NHS Trust itself. The posts will be embedded within our community mental health teams and you will work as part of a Trust-wide employment team.

The successful applicants will establish ongoing monitoring and support systems for clients once employment is secured.

This will include review of work placements to ensure that this is meeting both clients and employer’s needs. This will also include offering support to employers and clients with any problems that may arise, and promoting disability awareness among employers to ensure a positive integration of our clients into the workforce.

Successful candidates will be dynamic and highly motivated, with excellent communication skills that enable them to work/engage effectively with a wide range of agencies and employers, clients and sometimes their families.

Innovation, determination and ability to influence assertively are key to the success of this role.

You will apply consistently high standards, have knowledge of relevant legislation and be willing to attend training as required.

The successful candidates need to demonstrate a strong commitment to employment and social inclusion.

Supervision and support will be offered on a regular basis with ongoing training and development opportunities relevant to the post.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Karen Wheeler (Lead Occupational Therapist) 07775 750784

This job may close early if a large number of applications are received. You are advised to submit your application as early as possible to avoid missing your chance to apply.

Please ensure you regularly check the email account (including JUNK MAIL folders) that you use to submit your application, as any further communication regarding your application will be sent electronically.

Applications submitted via NHS Jobs will be imported into the Derbyshire Healthcare recruitment system provided by Trac systems. All information you receive about your application will be generated from the Trac recruitment system and you will not be able to track the progress of your application via NHS Jobs, or send/receive messages via NHS Jobs.

If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, you should assume that on this occasion you have been unsuccessful.


DBS Check

The cost of undertaking a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) disclosure will be met by the individual. The Trust will meet the initial costs of the disclosure which will be deducted from your first month’s salary. The current price of a standard check is £23 and an enhanced check is £40.

We are obliged to check employment history for at least the past 3 years for successful candidates. Please ensure that the referees you provide us cover at least the past 3 years of your employment/training.

We are committed to equal opportunities and improving the working lives of all our staff. We will consider applications to work flexibly.



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

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