Peer Employment Specialist (CNWL)

Salary: £29,553 - £36,265 pro rata per annum HCAS inclusive
Post: Fixed-term (12 months). Part-time (22.5 hours/week)
Location: North West London

The Peer Employment Specialist will have lived experience of accessing inpatient mental health rehabilitation services or residential care contexts and would want to use their lived experience of recovery to support others in their employment and recovery journey. 

Under the supervision of the Employment Lead and clinical teams, the Peer Employment Specialist will manage a caseload of inpatient service users who have experienced mental health problems who wish to return to paid employment as well as exploring all other vocational goals. The Peer Employment Specialist will utilise their lived experience of recovery, and of employment in recovery, directly in their role to inspire the hope and belief that people with mental health difficulties can thrive in employment.

This Band 5 Peer Employment Specialist post is a 1-year fixed term contract for 22.5hrs a week.

The role is based at the following 3 inpatient units:

  • 2 Colham Green Road- Open rehab- mixed sex inpatient unit [Address: 2 Colham Green Road, Pield Heath Road, Hillingdon, Uxbridge, UB8 3NN]
  • Rosedale Court- Open rehab- mixed sex inpatient unit [Address: 75-79 Greenford Road, Harrow, HA1 3QF]
  • Roxbourne Complex- Open rehab mixed inpatient unit, Managed Access Unit- all male locked rehab unit [Address: 41 Rayners Lane, Harrow, HA2 0UE]


Main duties of the job

  • Motivating and supporting a caseload of service users to access and sustain paid employment as well as exploring other vocational goals.
  • Working within 3 Multi-Disciplinary Teams in inpatient mental health rehabilitation services to achieve these aims.
  • Raising the profile and importance of access to paid employment services within the 3 clinical teams and across local employment agencies.
  • Raising the awareness of, and literacy surrounding, Recovery within the team and service locally, to have positive impact on the culture of contemporary inpatient mental health rehabilitation services.
  • Implementing the principles of evidenced based employment practice, with a commitment to the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model fidelity and practice.
  • Building effective working relationships with local training providers, local colleges and external employers to secure paid employment and education opportunities for people who have experienced mental health problems.
  • Providing on-going support according to both the employee’s and employer’s needs to enable people who have experienced mental health difficulties to gain and retain employment.
  • Building the profile of employment within the clinical team, and raising expectations around the ability of service users to access paid work.

A detailed job description is attached below.


About us

There’s a place for you at CNWL. We’re passionate about delivering first-class patient-centred, safe and effective care, whether it is in a hospital setting, in a community clinic or in the patient’s own home. Patients are at the heart of everything we do.

Providing top quality care depends on our ability to employ the best people. We’re always looking to recruit outstanding people who will go the extra mile to support our patients, colleagues, teams and the Trust. With every new employee we’re hoping to find our future leaders and we’ll support our staff by providing opportunities to develop your career.

With a diverse culture and equally diverse range of opportunities across mental health, community services, addictions, eating disorders, learning disabilities and more – whatever stage of your career you're at, there's always a place for you at CNWL.


To apply

To apply, please visit!/job/v4023075

Closing date: 7 June 2022

All applicants are encouraged to contact Employment Lead for any discussions about the post or to arrange a site visit: Attia Bibi

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.