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IPS Employment Specialists-multiple posts across Hertfordshire

NHS AfC: Band 5

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NHS AfC: Band 5
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week
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HPFT Bases in Hertfordshire - HPFT sites in HERTFORDSHIRE
£27,055 - £32,934 Per annum pro rata
Salary period
30/01/2023 23:59

Values Based Screener

At Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust we are looking for people to join us who share our values and those of the NHS. Before your application can be considered please take part on our online values questionnaire, which you can find below. When you have finished you will be sent a 'completion code' by email, which will be valid for 6 months and required to submit your application form.


Job overview

MULTIPLE posts available across Hertfordshire!!!

Each Community Services Hub provides a specialist care pathway to Service Users with Non pyschotic disorders and Personality disorder. They also provide specialist care pathways to those with psychotic disorders. Employment Support forms part of the pathways.

As the IPS Employment Specialist or IPS Retention Specialist,  you will be responsible for providing Individual Placement Support (IPS) for all Service Users who are currently unemployed who express a desire to gain paid employment as part of their recovery goals. You will carry a caseload of up to 15-20 service users.  There may be a requirement to support with job retention.

Main duties of the job

You will work intensively with a defined caseload of Service Users who have a severe and enduring mental health condition which impacts on their ability to gain work. You will assist them to obtain and sustain paid employment that is consistent with their goals, utilising the eight principles of Individual Placement Support (IPS).

Working for our organisation

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of ‘Outstanding’ from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.


Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.


The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:


Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.


These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!


Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

You will work intensively with a defined caseload of Service Users who have a severe and enduring mental health condition which impacts on their ability to gain work. You will assist them to obtain and sustain paid employment that is consistent with their goals, utilising the eight principles of Individual Placement Support (IPS).

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Educated to a degree level or equivalent
Desirable criteria
  • IPS trained
  • Additional relevant training in areas of employment, mental health, coaching
  • Job Retention Training


Essential criteria
  • Considerable experience of working with adults with MH difficulties in a health or social care setting
  • Significant experience working in a role delivering employment support.
Desirable criteria
  • Supervision of junior staff
  • Experience of partnership working, negotiation and liaison with other agencies


Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of disability and special needs issues, policies and legislation in relation to employment
  • Understanding of the principles and practice of IPS
  • Knowledge of employment law
  • Team orientated and work collaboratively within a mixed - disciplinary team
  • Experience of partnership working, negotiation and liaison work with other agencies
  • Experience of opening up job opportunities with a range of employers
  • Ability to work with key IT tools such as MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint


Essential criteria
  • Ability to build rapport with a range of people
  • Ability to provide and receive sensitive information regarding services users care and social situation
  • Ability to work effectively in a team
  • Knowledge of appropriate professional relationships and boundaries
  • Ability to negotiate and persuade appropriately prospective employers of benefits of offering work opportunities to Service Users
  • Active listening skills, ability to ask perceptive questions that tease out important information
  • Compelling written and verbal communication skills, tailored to a variety of audiences
Desirable criteria
  • Mentoring/Coaching Skills


Essential criteria
  • Ability to respond and adjust appropriately to the changing needs of service users
  • Able to work independently and use initiative to think quickly on the spot in different, and often challenging situations
  • Creative problem solving to tackle obstacles that arise and fulfil requirements of the role in innovative ways to deliver greater impact

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Trust IDMenopause Friendly EmployerMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Age positiveDisability confident employerCare quality commission - OutstandingStonewall equality policy. Equality and justice for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people.

Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Sarah Pashley
Job title
IPS Employment Service Team Leader
Email address
Telephone number
07811 476977