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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 26/09/2019.

Employment Specialist

Job Reference: 378-CK0616

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
378 CAL AWA - Calderdale - Inclusion Support Service
£21,089 to £23,761 pa

Our Trust exists to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities. We’re delighted you’re looking at this job opportunity and hope you want to join our team.

We’re very proud we were chosen as the ‘best organisation’ in the 2017 Kate Granger awards for compassionate care. We live our values every day:

  • We put the person first and in the centre
  • We know that families and carers matter
  • We are respectful, honest, open and transparent
  • We improve and aim to be outstanding
  • We are relevant today and ready for tomorrow

Our values are very important to us which is why we want to recruit people whose values match ours. Read on to find out more about this job opportunity.

Employment specialist – band 4, fixed term until March 2021

As part of the NHS England initiative to extend Individual Placement and Support (IPS) services, we are currently seeking an Employment Specialist for a full time, 37.5 hour post,fixed term until March 2021 with the potential for this post to be extended.

This post holder will work for South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust which is a specialist mental health Trust. The post will be based in Calderdale within our mental health teams to deliver employment support to individuals with severe mental health conditions across Calderdale.

90% of people with severe mental illness say they want to work, but currently only 8% are in work. Getting into employment can be a critical part of a recovery journey, so as an employment specialist you will focus on providing motivational, supportive and person-centred advice to enable service users to secure paid employment. You will work as a member of the mental health teams in the community pathway in Calderdale and carry a caseload of 20-25 people, to raise expectations around the ability of service users to access paid employment and to support people into paid employment related to their preferences and skills.

We are looking for an individual who is passionate about joining us in this exciting new role, to help develop the service and transform lives through enabling people to gain paid employment. You will need a good understanding of people and of mental health problems, with experience of networking and relationship building. This is a dynamic and diverse role where no day is ever the same – determination and strong listening skills are essential as is initiative, the ability to form positive relationships and willingness to spend time with local employers negotiating job opportunities which is a key part of this role.

You will be part of a small IPS team and part of the mental health team and have support and supervision with the IPS Team leader. Full specialist training will be provided for this role.

As part of the successful NHS England IPS bid, this full-time post is initially a fixed term contract until March 2021 with the potential for the post to be extended after this time.

As these are new roles we have organised some information sessions that potential candidates can attend on Monday 9th September3:30pm at Hope Street Resource Centre.

Interview will be held on 11th October 2019 at Hope Street Resource Centre.


As a flexible employer encouraging a healthy work/life balance, we will consider Part-Time working opportunities for all our positions.

Our application process will test your attitudes and behaviours, as well as your knowledge and skills. So that we know we’d be a good match for each other. If you’re successful you’ll then have a 12 months values based induction.

You’ll also have access to a wide range of wellbeing support because our wellbeing at work matters to #allofus. There’s a great range of support for us all including a workplace physio, staff retreats, health checks, counselling, mindfulness and a variety of sports groups. You can take part in our award-winning Creative Minds activities as well as access courses at our innovative recovery colleges.

We welcome applicants with lived experience of providing unpaid care and/or support to a family member or friend with a disability, health condition, frailty, mental health problem, addiction or other health and care needs.

We know there’s a wealth of talent among people who have a disability as well as those who have experience of mental or physical health problems. So, if you need any support with your application just give us a call on 01226 644088.

A couple of things to note – if you’re shortlisted for interview we’ll contact you via your NHS jobs account, so please check this regularly. Please provide email addresses wherever possible for your references. Bear in mind that we reserve the right to close a vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as you can.

We hope you would like to join our award winning team. Good luck with your application.

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