Targeted Employment Officer - Mental Health Team

England, Essex, Chelmsford
£30300 - £41425 per annum
21 Oct 2019
01 Nov 2019
Job role
Social Worker
Contract Type
Full time

Targeted Employment Officer
ECC Adult Social Care, through effective practice, is moving towards a transformational shift from a focus on long-term care support, to a model with four key principles:- prevention; early intervention; enablement and safeguarding. This will enable people, their families and carers to be able to access information and tools to live healthily and independently. Providing an opportunity to respond pro-actively to growing service demand in a sustainable way, within the financial constraints of the Council.

The Targeted Employment Officer will be responsible for working with individuals who have specific employment needs and are more vulnerable as a result of a mental health condition. Working collaboratively with employers, the supported employment service within the Mental Health Trusts, families and individual social workers to maximise employability at an individual level. Acting as an 'employment champion' within the team, wider organisation and instilling the belief that people with mental health needs want to work and, with the right support, can work.

The role will incorporate brief therapeutic and skilled work with service users and their families, to ensure individuals address their needs and achieve their outcomes.

Service/Functional Accountabilities
Work collaboratively with mental health partners and the Mental health and wellbeing team, to secure new employment opportunities within the community for adults with mental health difficulties.

Support adults with mental health difficulties, their families and communities to retain their employment, develop social enterprises and other similar opportunities.

Identify and work directly with employers to develop employment, apprenticeship and volunteering opportunities.

Work in partnership with internal and external partners to identify solutions and financial opportunities, which support adults with mental health difficulties to achieve an effective outcome.

Work with local partners including colleges, to ensure that adults with mental health difficulties have relevant skills and are able to access local opportunities.

Contribute to and support individual plans owned by the adult, attending review meetings to ensure the plan is actioned, updated and effective in achieving desired outcomes.

Contribute to developing and maintaining data and information to support the evidence of service delivery.

Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.

Special Conditions: The role requires the postholder to be mobile throughout the county of Essex. Driving licence and car, or ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means, is essential.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience
Possesses an RQF Level 6 (Bachelor's degree) qualification or equivalent by experience, working with adults with mental health difficulties and a good understanding of the challenges accessing employment opportunities.

Evidence of continuing professional development, aligned to any relevant Professional Competency/Capability frameworks or Knowledge and Skills Statements.

Experience of directly supporting adults into employment and related opportunities eg work experience and apprenticeships. Good working knowledge of the needs and experiences of adults with mental health difficulties to establish themselves within the workplace and sustain their employment.

Displays an understanding of the needs of employers, with an ability to influence the value of adults with mental health difficulties, including Access to Work and other employment legislation.

Displays commitment to safeguarding, communicating to adults with mental health difficulties and partner agencies the boundaries between personal and professional relationships.

Experience of effective partnership working, to establish and maintain positive, influential relationships with team members, colleagues and partners.

Experience of developing and maintaining effective systems to support tracking, monitoring and review of opportunities and the adults in them. Proven ability to collate data and compile accurate statistical reports and presentations.

Excellent communication skills both verbal and written, with proven ability to use creative methods of presenting information to a wide variety of audiences, organising and co-ordinating projects and events.

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Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.

If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please contact the Resourcing Team on 0333 013 5888.