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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 27/11/2019.

Employment Specialist - Band 5

Job Reference: 294-COMM-0383-C

South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
Split across two Kingston Recovery Support Teams
Tolworth Hospital, Surrey
£24,214 - £30,112 PA Plus HCAS

South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust has a rich history, well-established community links and an international reputation. We provide a full range of local mental health services to the Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth London boroughs, as well as specialist forensic mental health services, including high secure services, at Springfield Hospital.

We are committed to providing high quality integrated health and social care for local people with mental health problems in South West London and more specialist mental health services for people throughout the UK. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as ‘good’ however we aim to be ‘outstanding’.

Our Values

We take pride in providing specialist care to our service users where our Trust values; being consistent, compassionate, collaborative, respectful and open is at the heart of everything we do. Our mission is "making life better together".

When you join us, you’ll be part of something special – an innovative and rapidly growing organisation that is helping to redefine the Mental Health, education and social care landscape in the UK.

At South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust our mission is “making life better together”.

The Trust’s Recovery College which sits under the Community Service line for adults of working has vacancies for the role of Band 5 Employment Specialist. The role would be suitable for someone who has a strong working knowledge of applying recovery in the real world setting by actively supporting the process of engaging people to function within an employment setting and help people experience their potential. The role will be embedded in each of our 5 London Borough that South West London and Saint. George’s Mental Health Trust serves: Kingston , Richmond, Sutton , Merton and Wandsworth. The role will work directly with Community Mental Health teams for adults of working age, and will be managed and supervised by our Lead Employment Specialist.

A new and exciting opportunity has arisen within South West London and St Georges Mental Health Trust, the pioneers of the Individual Placement and Support Model of vocational rehabilitation in the UK.

As an Employment Specialist within a South West London and St Georges Mental Health Community Mental Health Team, you will have the opportunity to proactively manage a caseload of people who have experienced mental health problems who are unemployed and / or currently off work. This role enables you to deliver the Individual Placement and Support approach - evidence based model of vocational rehabilitation for people with mental health problems. Working directly with all relevant stakeholders: the service user, CMHT staff, GPs, employers, Human Resources and Occupational Health services to enable service users to gain, retain and sustain employment.

The Trust’s Employment Specialist Lead will support the development and application of this role through guidance and supervision as part of SWLSTG NHS Trust structure of staff, promoting well-being and professional development.

We are looking someone who will take a proactive role in the development of a high quality and responsive recovery and employment work for service users in order to support the objectives of the Trust.

You will also be expected to have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust are committed to equal opportunity for all staff and prospective employees.

Staff benefits include; staff accommodation, childcare, health and fitness services and season ticket loans. For further information on benefits available please visit our website.

Due to the high volume of applications received for some roles South West London & St George’s Mental Health Trust reserve the right to close any job adverts early. You are therefore you are advised to submit your application as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment.

Please note priority consideration for applications may be given to at-risk NHS employees.

Please note: Employment at South West London and St Georges Mental Health Trust is offered subject to successful completion of a 3 or 6 months Probationary Period depending on your Band.

Please note, this position will be split across two Kingston recovery support teams.


For further details / informal visits contact:

Please contact Paul Dorrington Lead Employment Specialist if you are interested in applying for the above post at mobile 07500872951

At South West London St Georges Mental Health Trust we are committed to providing services which embrace diversity and that promote equality of opportunity. We are a Disability Confident Employer, we welcome applications from all sections of the community and people of all protected characteristics. We are Members of Stonewall Diversity Champions and also a member of the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion.

As part of the Trust's commitment to Equalities and Diversity, the Trust supports the establishment of Staff Networks groups to promote diversity in the workplace:

  • BME (Evolve) Staff Network
  • Christian Staff Network
  • Disability Staff Network
  • Deaf Staff Network
  • Mental Health Staff Forum
  • Women's Staff Network
  • LGBTQAI+ Staff Network

We provide reasoble adjustments to the interview process for any candidates with a disability.

Please note:

  • 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
  • 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 should you be successful and appointed, you authorise South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust to confirm your previous NHS service via an Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process
  • That your employment is offered subject to successful completion of a 3 or 6 months Probationary Period depending on your Band
  • That we are a smoke-free Trust

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.

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