Employment and people with mental health needs. Jan Hutchinson Director of Programmes and Performance Centre for Mental Health . Structure of talk. Supported Employment – what works? The costs of mental ill-health in the workplace
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Director of Programmes and Performance
Centre for Mental Health
Source LFS – Q4 2010
People with severe mental health problems are more likely than any other group with disabilities to want to have a job. Up to 90% say they would like to work, compared with 52% of disabled people generally.
The 2011 Care Quality Commission survey of people who use community mental health services found that 43% of respondents who wanted support to find or keep work had not received it in the past year.
Stanley K, Maxwell D (2004). Fit for purpose? London: IPPR.
The British Society for Rehabilitation Medicine
8 evidence-based principles:
1. Eligibility is based on individual choice;
2. Supported employment is integrated with treatment;
3. Competitive employment is the goal;
4. Rapid job search (within 4 weeks);
5. Job finding, and all assistance, is individualised;
6. Employers are approached with the needs of individuals in mind
7. Follow-along supports are continuous;
8. Financial planning is provided.
*See 2008 edition of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
I feel ready to work rates
IPS Service Provider
Long term employee support
Work Programme Personal Advisor Support
Psychological Support and CBT
Psychiatric treatment and medication
Health and productivity rates
The total cost to employers of mental health problems among their staff is estimated at nearly £26 billion each year (UK, 2006).
That is equivalent to £1,035 for every employee in the UK workforce.
Average cost per employee = £1,035 / year
Source: Centre for Mental Health, 2007
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