Mental health and employment

As we approach 20 years of providing Supported Employment and a decade of providing Supported Employment for people with mental health challenges, we continue to develop and share what we do so more people can access support.

‘Work in Mind’ service

From October, our Employment Specialists will be working within Health in Mind teams so that people accessing psychological therapies can also receive specialist employment support to secure or retain paid work. 

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) ‘Work in Mind’ service is available for adults who are experiencing common mental health challenges, such as anxiety and depression, and are accessing Health in Mind’s services across East Sussex.

Martin Dominy, Head of Employment Services at Southdown, says, “This service recognises the importance work plays in people’s health and wellbeing. Instead of signing people off work due to their mental health, where appropriate, GPs can refer to Health in Mind and we can support people whilst they continue to work. Unemployment can also be the factor why people are experiencing mental health challenges. Our Employment Specialists tailor support according to individual’s needs.”

Martin added, “We’re looking forward to strengthening our partnership with Health in Mind to offer integrated support for people across East Sussex.”          

Working with NHS England to double the reach of Individual Placement and Support (IPS) in the UK

As a leading provider of IPS across the country, we have been invited to share our expertise and work with NHS England to double the reach of IPS in the UK by 2020/21.

Our work with commissioners and the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is recognised as best practice and a Centre of Excellence for IPS delivery.

Future funding for IPS services will start to roll out from November, with funds allocated to CCGs on an STP (Sustainability Transformation Partnerships) footprint from April 2018 onwards.          

We will share more news as developments and activities happen.