Effective local action to promote mental health and employment helps deliver core NHS business and key ambitions of health and wellbeing boards in London.
New commissioning arrangements give opportunities for collaborative commissioning and strategically aligning service delivery more effectively to benefit local communities.
The London Mental Health and Employment Executive Partnership (LMHEEP) have just published comprehensive guidance to help local commissioners and planners incorporate mental and employment considerations into their joint needs assessment and health and wellbeing strategy. This guidance highlights the importance of health and employment to CCGs, HWBs, directors of adult social services and other partners responsible for promoting public health and delivering personal responses to people at risk of long-term illness and social exclusion.
The JSNA guidance is designed to stand alongside the case for action – Work Mental Health and Welfare: the case for co-ordinated action to achieve shared benefit. This sister document was produced by the LMHEEP to set out the business case for investment and the evidence base for effective interventions that create healthy workplaces, support individuals experiencing mental illness to retain their employment and provide routes into work for those traditionally excluded from the labour market because of their condition.
LMHEEP is a strategic group established in September 2011 by Michael Bell, Vice Chairman of NHS London to provide high level leadership, guidance and coordination to support operation action on mental health.
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