IPS Regional Leads (Social Finance)

Recruiting up to 4 regional posts (South West, North West, North East and Yorkshire, Midlands: see map at end of document

Roles based around England and will require significant regional travel and some national travel. 

We are recruiting up to four Regional Leads to provide hands-on operational support and guidance to mental health and employment services across England. 

The Regional Leads will work as part of a national programme, backed by NHS England, to enable the effective scale-up of Individual Placement and Support (IPS), an evidence based supported employment service based in mental health teams. 70-90% of people with mental health issues would like to work, but only 37% are in paid employment. For people with severe mental illness, it’s just 7%. Evidence-based models, such as IPS, have a track record of delivering outstanding job outcomes for this group. 

NHS England has committed to increase access to IPS for people with severe mental health problems to 20,000 per year by 2020/21 and 55,000 per year by 2023/24.1 To support services to mobilise quickly, deliver high quality IPS, and achieve strong employment outcomes, NHS England have commissioned Social Finance to deliver the IPS Grow programme. 

IPS Grow will aim to ensure that commissioners, mental health trusts and IPS providers have access to strategic and practical technical support to develop and deliver high quality services. This will include the hands-on operational and local support, delivered through a network of IPS Regional Leads. 

Candidates for this role should have experience working in IPS teams, ideally both as an employment specialist and supervisor or team leader. However we may also consider applications from candidates with extensive operational delivery experience of working in partnership to establish and then deliver high quality services with a focus on employment and / or mental health. The ideal candidates will have experience in undertaking service audits, building action plans, and creating cultures and communities of learning and continuous improvement. They will have managed virtual teams. They will be experienced in reporting to senior staff, Boards and/or commissioners, as well as able to offer field mentoring support to Employment Specialists in the field. They will have experience working closely with NHS, Local Authority, and other stakeholders at operational and senior levels. Ideally, they have worked on large rapid mobilisation projects. 

They will be passionate about changing people’s lives for the better but with a strong business sense and operational delivery focus. They will have excellent influencing skills and be comfortable with ambiguity and independent and remote working. They will thrive in a fast-changing environment with many and diverse stakeholders. 

We believe this role has huge potential to support the scale-up of IPS across the UK and enable many more people with serious mental health problems to enter paid employment.


Application process 

Interested candidates should send a CV and covering letter to: healthandemployment@socialfinance.org.uk 

All applicants should state whether they have right to work in the UK or whether a visa is required. Furthermore, please outline the length of your notice period or whether you can start immediately should we be successful in gaining the funding. 

Closing date: 23 February 2019 

Interviews likely to take place w/c 25th February.