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.   

At Southdown we are committed to supporting people whilst keeping both our clients and staff safe by practicing good infection control. You can read our latest Covid-19 statement here.

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.

Our Impact

To view our Impact Reports for 2020/21, please click on the links below for each area of the service:

Sussex wide: PDF icon Work and Wellbeing Impact Statement 2020_21 - Sussex-wide - FINAL.pdf

Brighton & Hove: Work and Wellbeing Impact Statement 2020_21 - Brighton and Hove - FINAL.pdf

East Sussex: Work and Wellbeing Impact Statement 2020_21 - East Sussex - FINAL.pdf

West Sussex: Work and Wellbeing Impact Statement 2020_21 - West Sussex - FINAL.pdf

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  • Client with Employment Specialist
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Contact Details

Work and Wellbeing Team
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General enquiries
01323 340 156

Alternatively, contact:

East Sussex Work and Wellbeing: Adam Hodgkin, Team Manager | t: 07581 022457 | e:

Brighton & Hove Work and Wellbeing: Paul Turk, Team Manager | t: 07805 811 186 |e:

West Sussex Work and Wellbeing: Becky Burge, Team Manager | t: 07896 923266 | e: