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To manage a caseload of people who have experienced mental health problems who wish to return to paid employment. This will involve:
1.To manage a caseload of up to 25 people who have experienced mental health problems who wish to return to paid employment.
2.To prepare individuals for employment through assessing each person’s individual employment needs through vocational profiling, and then actively support them to achieve their employment goals, in partnership with the clinical team.
3.To provide individualised, on-going support to individuals once they have secured employment to assist them in sustaining employment.
4.To promote the benefits of supporting service users to access employment and external employers, aiming to raise the profile of services, and raise expectations around the ability of service users to access paid employment.
5.To proactively engage and work with external employers to open-up and secure paid employment opportunities for people who have experienced mental health problems. In particular ensuring the service is focused on accessing the hidden labour market.
6.To provide advice and support to employers, as agreed with the individual, which may include negotiating adjustments and on-going contact with supervisors to ensure job retention.
7.To assess individual support needs related to work which might typically include help with benefits, travel to work, managing health at work etc.
8.To provide effective in work support to individuals once they secure paid employment to ensure they retain it.
9.To deliver employment workshops with other members of staff as required.
10.To develop effective working relationships with a range of external agencies who might be better able to help individuals to achieve their employment goals for example, local colleges, training providers and external supported employment services.
11.To maintain a professional relationship with the clients of the programme and with other staff, with particular attention to confidentiality and maintenance of professional boundaries.
12.To work flexibly as required by the individual and employer which may require some working out of normal office hours.
KNOWLEDGE, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
Advanced IT skills
RSA III/NVQ 3 or equivalent.
Trained and experienced at intermediate level in a range of software packages
Good standard of English & Numerate
Advanced secretarial skills such as audio and voice recognition software
At least 2/3 years experience in a secretarial environment
AREAS OF EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE:
The ability to organise and prioritise own workload within any specified guidelines where guidance
is not readily available, but at set intervals
Proficient in diary management co-ordinating appointments to ensure best use of Managers’ time
Experience of transcribing formal minutes of meetings.
Independent/lone working and team working skills
Experience of adapting to change and managing work in a changing environment
Evidence of ability to be flexible and show initiative, sensitivity and enthusiasm to work
Free job description Employment Specialist Mental Health
KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE
EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS
•Educated to degree level or equivalent industry experience.
Paid/unpaid relevant to job
•Minimum 2 years experience of working with people with mental health problems or a similar client group within health, social services or the voluntary sector.
•Of helping people to obtain or keep work.
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES
•An understanding of the principles and practices of supported employment.
•An understanding of the employment needs and difficulties of people who experience mental health problems.
•Good verbal and written communication skills.
•Good marketing skills.
•Good presentation skills.
•Good negotiation skills and a persuasive style.
•Basic counselling skills.
•An ability to initiate and develop relationships with employers and other agencies whilst being astute to their needs.
•Ability to work independently, reliably and consistently.
•An ability to provide vocational assessments and profiling.
•Working knowledge of a broad range of occupations and jobs.
•Basic word processing/computing skills.
•Ability to develop relationships with clients, staff and carers
•Time management and organisational skills
•Building effective working relationships with local training providers, local colleges and external employers to secure employment and education opportunities for people who have experienced mental health problems.
•Providing on-going support according to both the employee’s and employer’s needs to enable people who have experienced mental health problems to gain and retain employment.
•Ensuring the service follows evidenced based Individual Placement and Support (IPS) practice.
•Building the profile of employment within the clinical team, and raising expectations around the ability of service users to access paid work.