IPS Lead Employment Team Manager – Trafford

We are recruiting a team of 4 professional Employment Specialists who offer this service to people engaged with Trafford and Bury's drug and alcohol service and this position will be responsible for their daily management, achievement of key outcomes and compliance to IPS national standards.

Job details




£28,000 - £32,000

Hours of work




Closing date

February 16, 2024

Job description and person specification

Job Title: IPS Senior Employment Specialist Lead

Salary range – £28,0000 to £32,000 pa, depending upon experience

Location: Trafford and Bury

Hours: 37.5 pw

Accountable to: Senior Service Manager

Key relationships: Organisation managers, human resources, clinical teams, user groups, VCS organisations, local colleges, local employment services, local employers and Jobcentre Plus.

About the role: IPS (Individual Placement and Support) is an employment support approach for working with people with complex needs that provides intensive, individually tailored support to help people find meaningful and lasting paid work.

Job summary:

The post holder will provide employment professional supervision to a team of 4 Employment Specialists, and will lead the on-going development of Individual Placement and Support Model within the service(s).

The Senior Employment Specialist will also hold a reduced caseload of his or her own.

Individual Placement & Support: Managing a limited caseload of people in drug and alcohol treatment services who wish to return to, or start, paid employment. Clients will be worked with for an unlimited time whilst they work towards their goals, with an offer of ongoing in work support once in employment.

Building effective working relationships with local employers, training providers and colleges to secure employment for people in community treatment for substance misuse, including ensuring the service is focused on accessing the ‘hidden’ labour market.

Providing job development and job search activities directed toward positions that are individualised to the interests and uniqueness of the client, following the evidence-based principles and procedures of IPS supported employment.

Providing ongoing support according to both the employee’s and employer’s needs to enable people who have experienced dependency on drugs and/or alcohol to retain employment once secured.

Ensuring that people are provided with help and advice to apply for posts in open employment, and advised about accessing in-work welfare benefits as appropriate.

Promoting the profile of employment within the clinical team, and raising expectations around the ability of clients to attain paid work.

Developing the day to day operational practices of the Employment Specialist Team.

Provision of IPS supervision to Employment Specialists based in your locality.

Ensuring that services achieve and maintain good fidelity to the evidence-based IPS model.

Overview of main responsibilities:

  • To provide leadership and employment professional supervision to Employment Specialists within the team.
  • To provide field mentoring to employment staff to enable them to further develop their practice and increase outcomes.
  • To liaise with OHID IPS Manager, senior practitioners and managers within the service around the on-going implementation of the evidence-based Individual Placement and Support Model.
  • To work with client keyworkers and clinical staff, including through case conferencing, to ensure that clients receive appropriate support from everyone involved in their care during the return to work process.
  • To lead a local employer engagement strategy to involve employers (including the local authority and partner services), and open-up and secure work experience and paid employment opportunities for people in treatment for drug and/or alcohol dependency.
  • To provide advice and support to employers, as agreed with the individual, which may include negotiating adjustments and on-going contact with supervisors to ensure job retention.
  • To assess individual support needs related to work which might typically include help with benefits, travel to work, managing health and work etc.
  • To work flexibly on occasion as required by clients and employers, which may require some working out of normal office hours.

Professional development

  • To participate in your own IPS and management supervision, objective setting/appraisal, and professional development plan.
  • To provide regular IPS supervision to Employment Specialists, including group supervision to the team, and overseeing their professional development plans.

Policy and/or service development

  • To work with the Employment Specialists, and service management to ensure that vocational support services offered continue to develop effectively.
  • To ensure that effective referral procedures to IPS provision from the clinical and recovery teams are in place.
  • To ensure participation in monitoring and evaluation systems to accurately capture and report Key Performance Items.

Research and development

  • To keep abreast of changing practice within vocational rehabilitation, and to disseminate within the team and, where relevant, service(s).

Management of resources

  • To work with internal and external stakeholders and partners to maximise the effective and efficient use of resources in the delivery of vocational support services.

Job Description available upon request.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: £28,000.00-£32,000.00 per year


  • Company pension


  • Monday to Friday


  • Welfare to Work: 2 years (preferred)

Work Location: In person

Application deadline: 16/02/2024
Reference ID: PWDIPS0922
Expected start date: 01/04/2024

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