Work, Recovery and Inclusion: Bruce Calderwood


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  • People with mental health conditions can and do work, with many thousands of people working in a broad range of roles. However, the proportion of people who are employed who have severe mental health conditions compared to other groups is unacceptably low, despite a high proportion of people saying that they would like to work.
  • Launched on 7 th December as part of a suite of documents on mental health and employment Working our way to better mental health: A framework for action Realising ambitions: better employment support for people with mental health conditions. New Horizons: a shared vision for mental health. More about how they fit together later but key difference of WRI is that it focuses specifically on people in contact with secondary mental health services
  • Point 1 Across national, regional and local structures – will look at a couple of key ones in the next slide Point 2 We need to raise the understanding of employment as a key part/vehicle in recovery (income, social networks, structure, ability to contribute, self confidence) and expectations of people working in mental health services to support people to realise their ambitions Point 3 This strategy sets out what mental health and employment services (and strategy) can do to reduce the disparity between those wanting to work and those that do work
  • For health services – some key actions support NHS commissioners and trusts to build the provision of evidence based vocational support in secondary mental health services encourage mental health services to incorporate a focus on employment in the services that they provide, including through personal budgets and care planning. work with government departments, the NHS, local authorities and other public sector organisations to examine ways of ensuring that more people in contact with secondary mental health services are employed by their organisations. For employment services explore how JCP employment advisers and others delivering services are supported to better help people in contact with secondary mental health services. undertake a strategic review of Access to Work to ensure that it best meets the needs of people most disadvantaged in the labour market and is more flexible to accommodate people with fluctuating conditions, including mental health conditions
  • incorporates the delivery plan for the Socially Excluded Adults PSA (PSA 16) for people with mental health conditions. complements and adds value to the overarching ambitions for mental health and employment set out in Working Our Way to Better Mental Health: A Framework for Action . responds to the recommendations from the independent review Realising ambitions: better employment support for people with mental health conditions. It incorporates a key part of the cross-Government response to the review. embodies the new cross-Government approach to mental health and well-being as set out in New Horizons : a shared vision for mental health .
  • Specific employment actions include: an outcome indicator for mental health in the World Class Commissioning Assurance Framework for Year 2 that includes employment inclusion of employment in the draft of the new performance framework for non-foundation trust mental health service providers encouragement in the guidance to the standard mental health contract for 2010/11 for PCTs to include employment and accommodation as indicators to be routinely supplied by providers the continuing emphasis on employment support integrated into the new Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services, and further work with SHAs and the NHS Confederation to improve local data collection in support of PSA 16 delivery.
  • Nationally ministers and officials are working to ensure that government activity is co-ordinated on MH and employment (and learning and skills) across the four departments which feed into the employment side of the PSA for people with mental health problems DH have commissioned NMHDU PSA 16 Project to assist this co-ordination, provide expertise and support implementation of PSA 16 within regions and localities. NMHDU work directly with Deputy Regional Directors for Social Care in Government Offices and third sector organisations to drive forward the agenda – for example partnerships working with SCMH and NHF. Government offices work in partnership with Strategic Health Authorities, Primary Care and MHTs, LAs, JCP and Employers to ensure a joined up approach
  • From the vision statement within the document….. Work Recovery and Inclusion and the other strategies mean we are one step closer.
  • Work, Recovery and Inclusion: Bruce Calderwood

    1. 1. Work, Recovery and Inclusion Bruce Calderwood Director of Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Division Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnership Department of Health
    2. 3. Work, Recovery and Inclusion: <ul><li>Contains a high level vision and series of commitments to support people in contact with secondary mental health services into work. </li></ul><ul><li>The key message is that work is good for mental health and is central to recovery for those with mental health conditions. </li></ul><ul><li>The long term vision is to radically increase the number of people from this group in employment by 2025, and to narrow the gap between their employment rate and that of disabled people generally </li></ul>
    3. 4. Commitments cover: <ul><li>support people to build skills to compete for jobs </li></ul><ul><li>actions that enable people to get jobs ; and </li></ul><ul><li>actions designed to support employers and employees to keep people in work. </li></ul>
    4. 5. <ul><li>Work, Recovery and Inclusion: </li></ul><ul><li>Working Our Way to Better Mental Health: A Framework for Action. </li></ul><ul><li>Realising ambitions: better employment support for people with mental health conditions </li></ul><ul><li>New Horizons: a shared vision for mental health </li></ul>
    5. 6. New Horizons - key messages relating to mental health services and employment <ul><li>helping everyone to understand mental health problems and not to treat people with mental health problems unfairly </li></ul><ul><li>providing services and treatments in ways that meet people’s individual needs </li></ul><ul><li>working with councils, the NHS and others to make sure people get services that look after all their needs </li></ul><ul><li>making it easier for people to find and get the help they need </li></ul>
    6. 7. Work, Recovery and Inclusion Implementation <ul><li>National </li></ul><ul><li>DH, Cabinet Office, DWP and BIS </li></ul><ul><li>National Mental Health Development Unit (NMHDU) </li></ul><ul><li>span national and regional levels </li></ul><ul><li>Regional delivery </li></ul><ul><li>Deputy Regional Directors </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs) </li></ul><ul><li>Public sector organisations </li></ul><ul><li>Jobcentre Plus </li></ul>
    7. 8. Work, Recovery and Inclusion … .. where people who are in contact with secondary mental health services are helped to get jobs, where they are equally valued for their contributions to the workplace, and where having a mental health condition is not seen as a barrier to work.
    8. 9. Thank you DH [email_address] NMHDU [email_address]