IPS Employment Specialist

Posted 11 February by Remploy

Committed to supporting individuals who face multiple barriers to employment, we transform the lives of disabled people and those with health conditions through sustainable employment. We do this by equipping them with the skills and confidence they need to enter or return to work, and empower organisations to support their disabled colleagues and improve workplace wellbeing. In 2015, Remploy’s employees entered a joint partnership with MAXIMUS UK.

Embedded in Primary Care and Community Health Teams, you will be delivering employment support to clients in parallel to the health treatment being delivered by NHS clinicians. Working intensively with a maximum caseload of 30 clients who have a health condition which impacts on their ability to gain work, assisting them to obtain and sustain employment that is consistent with their vocational goals, following the eight principles of IPS. Meeting and exceeding performance targets for referrals, employer engagement, job starts and sustainment, in compliance with contractual guidelines and quality procedures.

Key Responsibilites

- Build relationships with clinical teams to generate referrals and create a collaborative working partnerships with NHS clinicians
- Attend weekly meetings with clinical teams and communicate with team members to integrate vocational services into health treatment processes
- Conduct initial meeting with client to build rapport, gain consent to proceed with the trial, collect baseline information and use randomisation tool to assign to the trial or control group
- Focus on rapid job search with the client, whilst utilising local support networks to help them overcome their barriers to employment
- 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
- Promote the benefits of supporting service users to access employment within Remploy and external employers, aiming to raise the profile of IPS services and raise expectations around the ability of service users to access paid employment
- Develop collaborative working relationships with employers to enable support to be provided to clients in work, and to help employers understand how to better support their staff. In particular, ensuring the service is focused on accessing the hidden labour market to unlock potential jobs that match with service user preference
- To assess individual support needs related to work which might typically include help with benefits, travel to work, managing health at work etc.
- To deliver employment workshops with other members of staff as required
- Provide individualised in work support using the place, train, fade model and ensuring effective support networks are in place to achieve sustainment
- 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
- Ensure contractual compliance by accurate data entry and completion of documentation
- Spends 65% of scheduled work hours working in community settings away from Primary Care and Community Care Teams in line with Fidelity requirements (such as within libraries, community centres, coffee shops)
- To work flexibly as required by the individual and employer which may require some working out of normal office hours

Research Trial Environment
- Maintain accurate and timely records, working according to the trial protocol
- To immediately flag if any service user appears at risk of being negatively affected after the randomisation process and utilise agreed strategies to support that person
- To follow direction from the Thrive into Work Programme Team or the National Evaluator

Skills and Experience Required

? Excellent communication skills with the ability to adapt to a wide range of communication and learning styles
? Influencing skills that promote commitment and action
? Customer focused with a strong commitment to client care
? Disability Capability with demonstrable experience of supporting clients with mental ill health and other health conditions and disabilities
? Strong team player with a positive and flexible approach to both work and colleagues
? Creative problem solving skills and a positive approach to challenging and overcoming limiting beliefs
? Accurate identification of candidate support needs both pre and post-employment, with appropriate interventions delivered by self, or sourced through additional support networks
? Creating and delivering candidate Action Plans
? Experience working with employers to develop job opportunities for clients, and to support them whilst in work
? Able to work flexible hours and travel through prior arrangement as the needs of the job dictate

Remploy is committed to developing, maintaining and supporting a culture of equality and diversity in employment in which our employees as well as candidates for employment are treated equitably. We understand that a diverse workforce adds to our competitive advantage; and as such, we aim to ensure that job applicants do not receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of sex, race, marital status, disability, age, part-time or fixed term contract status, sexual orientation or religion, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements that cannot be shown to be justifiable. Advertisements for posts will include sufficiently clear and accurate information to enable potential applicants to assess their own suitability for the post.

Where reasonable, Remploy will review and consider adjustments for those applicants who express a requirement for them during the recruitment process.

Reference: 37252539

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