Mental Health and Employment Integration National Trailblazer

  • Integration of local employment and mental health services to provide tailored support to individuals
  • Supporting the wider adult worklessness programme (Working People, Working Places)
  • Complementing the Skills Escalator programme

The programme will be delivered across seven London boroughs (Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow) and aims to help ESA and JSA benefit claimants with common mental health problems into sustainable employment, using an Individual Placement Support (IPS) service model.
IPS facilitates early access to supported employment, personalised benefit counselling, job search and ongoing job support for customers with mental illness who want to work, and involves the integration of employment support with mental health treatment.

There are three elements to the service model: 

  • referral of claimants (across a number of channels);
  • sign up (contracted to a delivery partner); and 
  • the key IPS phase, which will be limited to 12 months' job search and a further 6 months' in-work support.

The aim is to support 1,040 people over a three year period.  The plan is to introduce the service in Barnet in October 2015 and in the other boroughs in January 2016.  We anticipate the first outcomes to be realised 6 months after the programme starts.

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