IPS Team Leader

National Health Service

Warrington and Halton, NW

Warrington and Halton, NW, UK
Warrington and Halton, NW
22 days ago

IPS Team Leader

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

The closing date is 30 November 2021

Job summary

An opportunity has arisen within the Social Inclusion and Participation Team for an IPS Team Leader within our Warrington and Halton IPS Supported Employment Service. The post will be both challenging and rewarding; fast paced within a transformational team.

The post is a 12 month fixed term and will be based across Warrington and Halton

Main duties of the job

Candidates will need to demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills, have a proven track record of achieving challenging targets, be a team player with extensive managerial experience.

Candidates should also have current knowledge of the employment field with particular emphasis on the IPS model.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to perfect care care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. Were currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Principal Responsibilities

1. To undertake training as required to fulfil the duties of the post and advise on the training needs of employment advisors. To assist in the delivery of staff training both in house and to other organisations and agencies.

2.To line manage and provide professional support and guidance to Employment Advisors. To provide support and advice to Employment Advisors, as required, through regular formal and informal supervision.

3. To undertake initial appointments with prospective Job Seekers

4. To act independently using own judgement, knowledge and initiative to develop an understanding of the needs and potential career aspirations of Job Seekers.

5. To sensitively gather information, to develop a shared vocational profile and an agreed Job Notion or Curriculum Vitae, for each individual Job Seeker. On occasion complex, sensitive and contentious information will need to be provided and/or received. To deal with sometimes emotional and distressing behaviour and difficult situations and circumstances.

6. To research the labour market and identify suitable local employers by making direct contact and promoting the service.

7. To actively pursue employment and/or training opportunities with and on behalf of Job Seekers developing working relationships with local employers and negotiating contracts and reasonable adjustments for Jobseekers.

8. To undertake job analyses and workplace assessments, in order to identify the factors this will contribute to the successful acquisition of specific job skills, and the potential development of positive and meaningful connections for Job Seekers, with colleagues and co-workers.

9. To provide specialised advice concerning employment to Jobseekers with a range of different clinical needs.

10. To provide specialised advice to employers concerning recruitment and retention. To develop workplace introduction strategies which are appropriate to individual Job Seekers, and individual workplaces.

11. Taking into account the needs of both Job Seeker and employer, to develop and deliver highly individualised training and support packages which will result in the successful acquisition of work and job specific skills.

12. To appropriately monitor the progress of individuals through the supported employment process.

13. To appropriately monitor the career development of individuals in employment

14. To work with other members of the CMHT and clinical teams enlisting appropriate specialist support as and when necessary.

15. As appropriate, to communicate and liaise with carers, families, employers and other professionals.

16. To actively promote the integration and inclusion of Job Seekers, into the workforce of local employers.

17. To contribute to the management of relationships with partner agencies and the continuing development of further appropriate partnerships with statutory and voluntary sector agencies.

18. To assist the Vocational Services Manager in seeking out and securing funding which is consistent with, and is likely to further, the aims of Mersey Care NHS Trust.

19. To prepare and submit to deadlines minimum data set reports and relevant beneficiary returns as required, to the Vocational Services Manager.

20. To attend the Vocational Services Steering group and take an active part in relevant work streams.

Person Specification



  • Excellent communication skills with a broad spectrum of audiences.
  • Selling ability can capture and sustain the interest of an audience including service promotion.
  • Reaching shared agreement, effective group/meeting skills.
  • Excellent negotiating skills with employers, job seekers, carers, colleagues and partner agencies



  • Education degree level or equivalent experience
  • A variety of experiences in and a good understanding of industrial, commercial, manufacturing or other workplaces and processes.
  • A sound understanding of how mental illness can impact upon the everyday lives of individuals and people around them and approaches or interventions which help


  • A broad knowledge of teaching principles
  • Knowledge of designing and delivering training to individuals and groups
  • Training in Systematic Instruction
  • Counselling
  • Person Centred Planning



  • Two years experience working in a supported employment service with first line management or supervisory responsibility
  • Two years experience of job development with employers and supporting marginalised individuals into open employment
  • Three years experience working in community services for people who are severely disadvantaged by their experience of mental illness


  • Experience of working outside fixed structures
  • Experience in a voluntary, professional or other capacity of acting as an advocate
  • Experience of taking part in and/or devising service audit quality measures.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Warrington and Halton


Warrington and Halton

L9 2AF

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