Mental Health Employment Support Expands

Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind has been awarded funding from NHS England to expand support for people with serious mental health problems to return to employment in the London Borough of Bromley and the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

The Individual Placement and Support (IPS) approach to providing employment support involves:

  • supporting people to quickly find paid jobs that fit with their skills and interests
  • helping to secure the jobs
  • time unlimited support to both the individual and employer.

The IPS service we set up in partnership with Oxleas and the Centre for Mental Health at the end of 2017 (funded by City Bridge Trust) has already achieved some excellent results with 19 people securing paid jobs against a target of 7 in the first five months of this year.

Following this success, NHS England has agreed to fund a further Employment Specialist in Bromley and the expansion of the service into Greenwich, where we will employ three Employment Specialists. All the IPS staff will be based in Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust community teams and when fully operational the service will support nearly 150 people a year into employment across the two boroughs.

“We know that being in work has a really positive impact on people’s mental health”, said Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind Chief Executive, Ben Taylor. “We are really pleased to be able to take this evidence-based model for helping people into employment into Greenwich, and to build on our work in Bromley so that many more people can benefit”.