We know that the longer a working age person is out of work, the more difficult it is for them to return to work and their health and wellbeing may worsen as a result, which is why improving employment support for people with mental health issues is a key priority for this Government.
The Command Paper Improving Lives: The Future of Work, Health and Disability, published in November 2017, outlines actions to improve out of work support, including:
- Investment in trials, proofs of concept and feasibility studies to test ways to provide specialist support for people with mental health conditions;
- Doubling the number of employment advisers working in NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies services by over 300 by 2019, enabling greater provision of integrated psychological treatment and employment support;
- Enhancing mental health training for Jobcentre work coaches;
- Supporting NHS plans to increase access to the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model – a model of integrated employment support within secondary mental health care services.