Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Employment Specialists
Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind is a highly regarded local charity, helping people to be mentally healthy and working together with those experiencing mental health problems and dementia to improve their quality of life. With an annual turnover of £7M, over 150 staff and 250 volunteers, we are one of the largest charities in the Mind network.
The opportunity to change minds. The power to change lives.
As part of the NHS England initiative to expand access to evidenced-based Individual Placement and Support (IPS) services, we are delighted to be growing our teams in both Bromley and Greenwich. We are currently seeking three full time and one part time Employment Specialists to work alongside the Community Mental Health Team within Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust.
The successful candidates will join existing teams of Employment Specialists and manage a caseload of 20 clients who have mental health support needs, to assist them in securing sustainable paid employment. You will deliver the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) approach (for which training will be given); providing person centred advice and guidance to clients, whilst building positive relationships with local employers, opening doors and changing perceptions around mental health, to enable clients to gain and retain their paid employment.
You will work as part of a community mental health team, maintaining positive and integrated relationships, fostering a holistic approach to recovery through employment.
Successful applicants will be expected to undergo an Enhanced Level Disclosure and Barring Service check.
Who we are looking for
• Educated to A Level or equivalent by experience
• Experience of supporting people with mental health problems or other disadvantaged groups into employment
• A good understanding of the principles and practice of supported employment
• Vocational assessment and profiling skills
• Basic coaching skills
• Knowledge of disability and special needs issues, policies and legislation in relation to employment
• Good written and verbal communication skills
• Good IT skills
• Good numeracy and information management skills
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• An ability to engage and build relationship with employers
• An ability to negotiate diplomatically and effectively with external staff managers and employers
• Can demonstrate a high level of perseverance, being committed to seeing plans through to their conclusion with agreed timescales
• Understanding of the issues facing people with mental health problems seeking employment
Benefits of working with BLG Mind
• Strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, demonstrated in action
• Accredited by the Living Wage Foundation as an employer who always pays staff at least the London Living Wage
• Mindful Employer
• 25 days’ annual leave (pro rata, rising with service)
• Option to buy additional annual leave for eligible staff
• Casual and inclusive dress code
• Annual leave can be booked in hours, not just days/half days
• Hybrid working considered for most roles
• Flexible working encouraged, with an emphasis on work-life balance
• Matched pension contributions up to 5%
• Structured one-to-one support and supervision, clinical supervision and reflective practice
• Staff have opportunities to input into strategy and policy
• Excellent induction and core training programme
• Learning and development budgets available for eligible staff
• 24/7 access to Mindful Employer confidential helpline
We recognise the importance of having a diverse and inclusive work force, and would therefore particularly welcome applications from the following, currently under-represented, groups:
• People from culturally diverse communities
• Disabled people
• People with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities
• Young people
BLG Mind is committed to meeting the reasonable adjustments of disabled people, and always welcomes applications from people with lived experience of mental health problems.
Closing date: Sunday 25th September (11:59pm)
Likely interview dates: Week commencing 3rd of October
• 3 x full time (37.5 hours) – 2 based in Greenwich and 1 in Bromley
• 1 x part time (18.75 hours) – based in Greenwich
• Permanent contracts
• Hybrid working considered
Our success relies on the expertise and commitment of a diverse workforce of staff and volunteers. We offer services to support people with mental health problems and dementia.
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