Thrive Into Work (ips) - Employment Specialist Job In Birmingham

United Kingdom, West Midlands (county), Birmingham
Published 2021-12-16
Expires 2022-01-16
ID #795991552
Thrive Into Work (ips) - Employment Specialist Job In Birmingham
United Kingdom, West Midlands (county), Birmingham,
Published December 16, 2021

Job details:

Job type: Full time
Contract type: Contract
Salary type: Per annum
Occupation: Thrive into work (ips) - employment specialist
Min. Salary: 24540.00

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Our Client is a progressive charity on an exciting journey to help five times more people over the next five years. For over 30 years we have supported disabled and disadvantaged people to make positive changes to their lives through training and employment, and our ambitious plans need the right people to help us transform many more lives, in many more ways.

They are currently recruiting for a Thrive into Work (IPS) Employment Specialist on a 6 month fixed term contract.

This is a Home Based role.

Job Purpose?

Do you want to make a difference?

Embedded with Primary Care, Community Health Teams, and the wider community you will be delivering employment support to participants in parallel to the health treatment being delivered by NHS clinicians. Working intensively with a maximum caseload of 30 participants who have a health condition which impacts on their ability to gain work or stay in 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, programme starts, employer engagement, job starts and sustainment, in compliance with contractual guidelines and quality procedures.

Job Description

Duties are as follows:

Ensure adherence to the company's equalities and diversity policy
Complete extensive outreach activities to secure referrals
Build relationships with clinical and community health teams to generate referrals and create collaborative working partnerships with NHS clinicians including GPs, Practice Managers, Nursing staff and wider clinical teams
Attend meetings with clinical teams, where possible, and communicate with team members to integrate vocational services into health treatment processes
Conduct initial meeting with participant to build rapport, gain consent to proceed with the service.
Support participants to understand their skills, aspirations, and goals through the completion of a Vocational Profile and produce an Action Plan to obtain and sustain competitive employment in line with their preferences
Assisting participants to understand their benefits through the delivery or sign posting for In Work Benefit calculations and sourcing additional financial support
Focus on rapid job search with the participant, 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.
Develop collaborative working relationships with employers to enable support to be provided to participants 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 participant preference
Source job opportunities for participants through tailored job search and regular contact with employers
Promote the benefits of supporting participants to access employment, aiming to raise the profile of IPS services and raise expectations around the ability of participants to access paid employment
To assess individual support needs related to work which might typically include help with benefits, travel to work, managing health at work etc. and sign post on for support needs
To deliver Thrive presentations to potential participants and community partners as required
Provide individualised in work support using the place then train model and ensuring effective support networks are in place to achieve sustainment
To maintain a professional relationship with the participants of the programme and with other staff, with particular attention to confidentiality and maintenance of professional boundaries
Management of an active caseload of up to 30 participants to meet personal and team targets and KPls and provide caseload support internally to colleagues
Track customers to monitor their progress. Gather the evidence required as part of the reporting and claims process
Record all interactions with customers on the Ml database in a timely manner to meet contract deadlines, compliance, and evidence requirements
Meet all standards for quality of service, safeguarding, information and data security, and any other contract requirements
Represent and promote the Company in a professional and commercial manner, working effectively with other agencies
To work flexibly as required by the individual and employer which may require some working out of normal office hours
To undertake mandatory training as required by the Thrive into Work Programme including training in the IPS approach and actively participate in own continuous professional developmentKEY BUSINESS PRIORITIES (including targets and KPl's)

Maximising programme outcomes by meeting and exceeding targets set
Accurate identification of participant support needs (both pre work and in work)
Creating and delivering candidate Action Plans to overcome identified barriers by utilising diverse support networks to a high quality standardQUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE OR EXPERIENCE:


Driver with access to vehicle and business insurance - role is based in the community
Demonstrable experience of supporting participants with mental ill health and other health conditions and disabilities into employment
Experience at generating programme referrals
Experience of meeting and exceeding programme outcomes and targets
Excellent communication skills with the ability to adapt to a wide range of communication and learning styles
Excellent digital skills with experience in using Microsoft Teams
Proactive approach to engaging with participants and sourcing potential referrals
High level of optimism, initiative, and effective interpersonal skills in order to engage effectively with participants, clinical teams and employers
Influencing skills that promote commitment and action
Focused approach to supporting job search and progression with a sense of urgency
Participant focused with a strong commitment to participant care
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
Proactive diary management and organisational skills
Ability to plan and organise workload to meet required targets and deadlines
Experience of people development on a one-to-one basis
Accurate identification of participant 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 participants, and to support them whilst in work
Attention to detail and ability to work to a defined delivery structureDESIRABLE (compulsory to be attained once in role)

IPS delivery experience (preferably in a Primary care setting)
Holds Mental Health First Aid Qualification
Trained in the IPS approach

Forward Assist Recruitment is operating as an employment agency. Forward Assist Recruitment is an Equal Opportunities employer; we welcome applicants from all backgrounds

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