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Employment Specialists

NHS AfC: Band 4

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NHS AfC: Band 4
Full time 37.5 hours per week
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Whiteleaf and the Valley Centre
£21,089 - £23,761 per annum
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Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has been rated as Good by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

We are a responsive and innovative Foundation Trust that places our values of Caring, Safe and Excellent at the heart of everything we do. We take great pride in our staff and believe that investing in you is key to us achieving our vision of outstanding care delivered by outstanding people.

We work with a wide range of partner organisations to deliver care and support to people in their own homes and from a number of hospitals and community bases. We focus on delivering care as close to home as possible.


Oxford Health are excited to announce 2 new posts for Individual Placement Support (IPS) Employment Specialists (ES) following a successful bid to have ES staff embedded in every adult mental health team across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. These 2 posts are based in the adult mental health teams in Buckinghamshire- one will be in Aylesbury and one in Wycombe/Amersham although there may be a need for cross cover/support. The successful applicants will be working with clients whom are seeking paid employment and receiving services in the adult mental health teams in Aylesbury or Wycombe.

We are looking for people that can inspire hope and enable our service users to gain control of their lives, have a genuine sense of citizenship and offer a personally meaningful contribution? If this describes you then this may be the job for you.

We are looking for individuals who are:

  • confident in working autonomously and as part of a team,
  • can show initiative
  • have an ability to engage a wide range of people including: our service users who are out of work but want employment; employers in industry; third sector partners; DWP and others
  • knowledge of employment recruitment practices and law
  • Experience of working with vulnerable clients is an advantage.

The successful applicants will be able to inspire hope and influence others to demonstrate that mental health is not a barrier to employment and can aid recovery.

We will provide appropriate training and weekly supervision and support.  Knowledge of Individual Placement Support (IPS) and mental health would be useful but not essential. Training in the Model will be given. These posts will have an experienced band 7 leading the team and additional highly specialist support will be available through our IPS regional lead.

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Trust include:-

  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
  • Staff accommodation
  • Lease car scheme
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme


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Applicant requirements

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

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Further details / informal visits contact

For more information or to arrange an informal visit please contact:

 Steve bell on or Rebecca Kelly Rebecca Kelly