Social inclusion and employment

London Mental Health and Employment Partnership

Established in October 2007, the London Mental Health and Employment Partnership brings together a diverse number of organisations to improve employment for people with mental illnesses.

Membership includes senior representatives of the NHS in London, Department of Health, Greater London Authority, London Councils, Skills for Health and National Housing Federation as well as service users and voluntary organisations.

Work is good for individuals’ health and wellbeing. Supporting people to stay in work or return to the workplace makes financial sense to the UK ecomomy, company balance sheets and family incomes.  Read Work, Mental Health and Welfare, which outlines the case for coordinated action.  This publication comes with tailored forewords to highlight the key information for local health and wellbeing boards, employers, small businesses and clinical commissioning groups.

Changes to welfare policy are impacting on local populations. Against this backdrop, and with new commissioning arrangments taking shape, there are new opportunities for collaborative commissioning and strategically aligning service delivery more effectively to benefit local communities.  Read our Incorporating Mental Health and Employment  in Your Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and Health and Wellbeing Strategy guidance to support integrated local planning.

London’s Integrated Psychological Therapy and Employment Support Services

Commissioning Support for London’s Working for Wellness programme led the development of integrated psychological therapy and employment support services in 2009/10 which are now available in 15 of London’s 31 primary care trusts.

In 2009, Working for Wellness championed an investment fund of £4.5 million to offer all London PCTs the opportunity to bid for additional resources. Twenty seven PCTs were successful in their application with most investment directed towards the 15 Improving Access to Psychological Treatment (IAPT) services which were already in action, each of which receiving around £200 000.

Working for Wellness’s approach was to support commissioners with service design and locally targeted delivery models that recognise the importance of job retention and back to work support.

Employer engagement guide

London’s integrated psychological therapy and employment support services have been designed to effectively incorporate and engage employers.

To assist engagement with local employers and help improve their understanding of mental health needs in the workplace, Working for Wellness developed A practical guide to employer engagement – the five step model. All of the resources contained in the guide have been proven in real life situations to help encourage employers’ active involvement in employee wellbeing.