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IPS Employment Specialist Full Time

at Restore Ltd Oxford in Oxford (Published at 26-04-2021)

We currently have an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as our IPS Employment Specialist based at our office in Manzil Way, Oxford. You will join us on a full-time, permanent basis, and in return, you will receive a competitive salary of £21,854 per annum.


About Restore

Restore works in Oxfordshire with people who have severe and enduring mental health problems. We know that everyone has talents and abilities, and the capacity to make a valuable contribution to the community. We believe that people with mental health problems have the right to work, the right to the support they need to gain employment and lead fulfilling lives. We also believe that the stigma associated with mental health problems damages the whole community and in all we do, we work to challenge this discrimination.


The IPS Employment Specialist will join the NHS IPS team, as an embedded worker, under the direction of the IPS team leader / AMHT manager to deliver IPS as part of the holistic recovery plan for mental health service users in the AMHT.


You will be required to manage a caseload of up to 20-25 people at any one time who have experienced mental health problems and who are waiting to either gain new employment or retain their current employment. The Employment Specialist is expected to deliver the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) approach ? for which training will be given.


Responsibilities as our IPS Employment Specialist will include:


  • Working with the IPS team lead, IPS clinical lead and other IPS Employment specialists to assist in the development of the wider service across each county
  • Working with and having knowledge of benefit systems to be able to signpost and develop collaborative working relationships with organisations that provide benefits advice including DWP, CAB and BBMH
  • Providing education and support to employers, as agreed with the individual
  • Regularly collecting and promoting service user employment recovery stories

What we?re looking for in our IPS Employment Specialist:


Please note that all areas must be addressed in your cover letter when making your application, explaining how you meet these criteria. We will not be able to shortlist you if you do not cover these.


Essential Requirements


  • Knowledge of disability and special needs issues, policies and legislation in relation to employment
  • Good understanding of the principles and practice of supported employment
  • Able to use IT and tools such as MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Educated to Degree level or equivalent (vocational experience/training/ or other qualifications), evidencing excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build rapport with a range of people
  • Team orientated and works collaboratively within a mixed-disciplinary team
  • Experience of working in supported employment service and/or equivalent experience such as recruitment
  • Experience of working with people with mental health problems or a similar service user group
  • Demonstrate ability to travel flexibly within the county
  • Full /current driving license (for travel to rural / difficult to reach parts of the county)
  • Flexibility to working out of ?normal office? hours from time to time if required

Desirable Requirements


  • Knowledge of employment law
  • Knowledge of IPS principles and approach
  • Trained in IPS
  • Mental Health First Aid Certificate
  • Experience of partnership working, negotiation and liaison work with other agencies
  • Experience of opening up job opportunities with a range of employers
  • Lived experience

In return our IPS Employment Specialist will receive the following benefits:

  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Pension
  • 25 days plus bank holidays (Increases to 30 with increasing years of service)
  • 4 weeks unpaid sabbatical after five years? service and more!

Closing date: Sunday 2nd May, midnight


Interview date: Thursday, 13th May


If you feel you have the skills and experience to join us as our IPS Employment Specialist, then please click apply today! We?d love to hear from you.


At this stage of application, we require you to submit a letter along with your CV (curriculum vitae). The letter should address how you meet the criteria outlined in the person specification. Please see the ?essentials? and ?desirable? criteria under the shortlisting criteria. We suggest you address each point individually clearly stating how you meet the criteria. It is a good idea to use separate headings for each point.


Please note that we are unable to shortlist any applications that do not demonstrate how they meet the criteria outlined in the person specification responsibilities.


Any offer of employment is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check. A criminal record is not necessarily a bar to employment.


This job description is likely to change over time, subject to discussion with the post holder, and in line with the expectation of funders and the strategy for the organisation agreed by the Board of Trustees.


This post will be on a 4 week?s month?s notice period.



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