NHS trust in new partnership to get people back into work

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A MENTAL health trust has teamed up with Jobcentre Plus to help more people get and stay in work and education.

Today is World Mental Health Day and Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust has given details about a new partnership.

It’s working with Jobcentre Plus to provide support for people living with mental health issues who want to find employment.

The trust has been running its Individual Placement Support (IPS) service, which helps adults across east Hampshire find and stay in employment, since April 2013.

Since then it has helped around 70 people stay in work or education and move into a new role.

The aim is to increase the number of successful employment outcomes by ensuring the IPS team works closely with Jobcentre Plus’ health and disability work coaches.

Mike James, who leads the service, said: ‘We support people to work around their skills and strengths and to investigate possible careers.

‘We also assist with proactive job hunting, meeting with potential employers, CV writing, interview prep, support to, advice about career progression and liaison with employers.’

Service user Ian, 36, from Havant, said: ‘It was amazing to find people who believed in me and in my ability to work again. It is such a relief to be told what I can do rather than what I can’t.’