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Mental Health and Employment



Huw Davies of CSIP NW presents on work to improve employment rates for people with long term mental health needs.

Huw Davies of CSIP NW presents on work to improve employment rates for people with long term mental health needs.



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  • Mental Health and Employment Huw Davies Regional Employment Team Coordinator [email_address]
  • Aims
    • To improve regional employment rates for working age adults with long term mental health needs
    • To improve job sustainability for people using secondary mental health services
  • The context
    • 1 in 6 people or 7 million adults in England suffer from a common mental health problem. The cost to employers is estimated at £26 billion
    • Over 40% of people on Incapacity Benefits are there because of mental health problems
    • If an individual is off work for 2 years they are more likely to retire or die than return to work
  • The link between work and mental health
    • “Unemployment and social isolation are important risk factors for deteriorating mental health and suicide.”
    • Social Exclusion Unit
    • Work is good for our health but it can also be part of the problem. Let’s make sure we find the right work!
  • Who are we talking about? Furthest from work Close to work In work At risk Supported Employment / IPS PSA16 Pathways to Work / IAPT Occupational health / health promotion Job retention / GP support / IAPT
  • Social exclusion and worklessness
    • Reaching Out action plan – Action 23
    • PSA16 (social exclusion)
    • Local Area Agreements National Indicator 150
      • The percentage of adults in contact with secondary mental health services in employment
    • Local improvement targets
      • Baseline data?
  • How are we doing now?
  • Employment rates by Trust area Source: 2007 Healthcare Commission survey
  • Employment support received Source: 2007 Healthcare Commission survey
  • Links to other initiatives
    • Improving Access to Psychological Therapies
    • Health, Work and Wellbeing
    • Workplace health
      • Occupational health and job retention
    • Local area agreements
      • worklessness agenda
    • Education and training
      • Regional strategy
      • Train to Gain
  • Priorities
    • Data
      • Consistent and robust local data
    • Strategic alignment
      • Objectives and resources
    • Commissioning
      • Outcome focused services and pathways
    • Service delivery
      • Appropriate support and partnerships
    • Employer engagement
      • Flexibility in recruitment and retention
  • Spatial approach
    • Regional support
      • Methods, policy and practice
    • Targeted support
      • Focus areas covering 3 Mental Health Trusts
      • Pilot work and dissemination
      • LAA implementation
  • Employment Support
    • Information, advice and guidance
    • Supported employment / IPS
    • Workstep provision
    • Welfare reform (ESA) in late 2008
      • Employment support Allowance introduced
      • Workstep programme to be redesigned
      • All existing IB claimants to be reviewed by 2013
  • Welfare to Work: A spectrum of options Rehabilitation Voluntary work Work experience Permitted work Open employment Sheltered work Is it real work? Does it involve progression? Social enterprise Job retention
    • Getting a job is just the start.
    • Support is needed by employer and employee to achieve:
    • confidence
    • competence
    • sustainability
  • Workstep
    • Employment programme for those further from independent working
      • JCP funded, Ofsted inspected
      • Under review  proposed changes
    • Choice of local providers
    • Allows sustained and more intensive support
    • Focus on progression and sustained work
    • Lack of capacity to meet potential demand
  • Key elements of proposed provision:
    • Boxes 1, 2 & 3 under a single contract in each geographic area.
    Long-Term Support in Work Prevocational activity & getting a job Access to Work 2 Year (Max) Transitional Support 3 1 2
  • Information
    • Huw Davies (Regional Employment Team)
    • CSIP North West Regional Development Centre
    • [email_address]
    • Tel. 07946 537286