Work and Wellbeing (Sussex)
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.
Coronavirus Statement (19th July 2021 - Step 4 update)
At Southdown, we’re heeding the advice to proceed with caution and there will be no changes to our office and community work arrangements across the organisation until September at the earliest. This includes the continuation of social distancing and wearing of face coverings for staff and clients. Staff will also continue to take Lateral Flow Tests prior to attending one of our buildings or conducting any in-person work.
We have resumed in person support and are meeting clients outside, or inside Covid safe venues (in certain circumstances). We are also continuing to offer phone support where this is appropriate.
Clients will be contacted prior to support to ask a few COVID safety questions in order to keep both our clients and staff safe.
In accordance with Southdown requirements detailed above, staff will be taking Lateral Flow Tests prior to all in person appointments.
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.
To view our Impact Reports for 2020/21, please click on the links below for each area of the service:
Brighton & Hove Work and Wellbeing: Paul Turk, Team Manager | t: 07805 811 186 |e: firstname.lastname@example.org
West Sussex Work and Wellbeing: Becky Burge, Team Manager | t: 07896 923266 | e: email@example.com