Work and Wellbeing (Sussex)

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Being in work can help maintain good mental health. It gives us a purpose, promotes independence and can improve the way we feel about ourselves. Our Employment Specialists will work with you to help you secure or retain a job that is right for you.  

About the service

The Work and Wellbeing service provides specialist employment support for people living with mental health challenges across Sussex. We will not only support you to achieve your vocational aspirations but also explore other issues that are affecting your ability to secure or sustain employment.

Provided in partnership with the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, the service is part of Brighton and Hove's Community Roots network of mental health support and the West Sussex Pathfinder.   


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement

During these uncertain times we would like to reassure you that we are still operating and are here to support you.

“During these unprecedented and rapidly changing times, the health and wellbeing of our staff, clients and wider local communities, is at the very forefront of our plans to respond to the coronavirus public health major incident.” - Neil Blanchard, Chief Executive - Southdown

We will be adhering to the social distancing advice set out by the government. This means that we will be offering telephone support rather than face-to-face support until further notice.

If you are a current client of this service, your worker will be in touch with you by telephone in the next few days.

In the meantime, if you have any urgent questions about your support, or have a new enquiry about our service, please contact one of the folowing:

Please visit the NHS website for the latest advice on what to do if you think you might be infected or at risk, and how you can prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Click here to read the latest message from Southdown’s Chief Executive.

We would like to wish you and your family well and we will update this page when our telephone support model changes.

How support is provided

Support is provided through an approach called Individual Placement and Support (IPS), which is recognised as best practice in supporting people with mental health challenges to secure or retain paid work. Our approach brings all parties together to ensure you get a job that suits your needs and your employer gains or retains an employee that can work effectively and contribute to the business.

What to expect

You will receive one to one support from an Employment Specialist to create a ‘journey to work plan’ tailored to your needs and interests. This is followed by a rapid job search, support throughout the recruitment process and, once in work, time-unlimited support for both you and your employer.

Am I eligible?

Support is available for adults aged 16+ living in Sussex who are using a mental health service and are motivated about exploring their work and/or learning goals. We also offer a specialist service for young people who are accessing services from NHS Early Intervention Teams.

How do I apply?

  • In Brighton and Hove, we accept referrals from NHS Mental Health Teams and other referring organisations working in the area.  
  • In West Sussex, we accept referrals from NHS Mental Health Teams working in the area.
  • In East Sussex, we accept referrals from individuals (download a self-referral form at the bottom of this page) and NHS Mental Health Teams working in the area.

For more information and a referral form contact us on the details below.

Expansion of support

As part of the NHS’ commitment to supporting those with serious mental illness to find and retain employment, the Sussex and East Surrey sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) received funding from NHS England to enable us to expand our Work and Wellbeing employment service across Sussex (from July 2017 for two years). Expansion of our Work and Wellbeing service is aligned to the NHS Five Year Forward View’s pledge to double access to IPS across the UK by 2020/21.

We are also working with the Department for Work and Pensions to explore new ways of working to improve access to employment support for people living with mental health challenges.

  • Client of our employment support at work
  • Client with Employment Specialist
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Contact Details

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Work and Wellbeing Team
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General enquiries
Telephone: 
01323 340 156

Alternatively, contact:

East Sussex Work and Wellbeing: Lisa Kirby, Service Manager | t: 01323 340 151 | e: lisa.kirby@southdown.org

Brighton & Hove Work and Wellbeing: Paul Turk, Team Manager | t: 07805 811 186 |e: paul.turk@southdown.org

West Sussex Work and Wellbeing: Rebecca Griffiths, Service Manager | t: 07584 007 005 | e: rebecca.griffiths@southdown.org