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Centre for Mental Health update: evidence based supported employment - implementation in mental health services

Jan Hutchinson Director of Programmes and Performance Centre for Mental Health speaks on evidence based supported employment at today’s Psychosis and Schizophrenia conference.  Jan’s presentation covered:

Supported employment

  • NICE Quality Standard for Psychosis and Schizophrenia (QS80) statement no 5 states that supported employment  (ie IPS) should be available for everyone with schizophrenia who wants to return to work
  • The 2014 Care Quality Commission survey of community mental health service users found that 44% of the 3,329 respondents agreed they “would have liked support to find or keep a job but did not receive any.”

What is supported employment

  • Understanding the individuals aspirations
  • Help in looking for paid work
  • Support eg role playing, meeting employers
  • But its more that a ‘one-to-one job club’

Principles of individual placement and support (IPS)

  • Anyone can work with the right support
  • Mental health teams achieve better recovery if they include employment specialists
  • Good pay for good work in real jobs
  • All the stepping stones to a preferred job can be other jobs
  • Personal approach produces more acceptable outcome
  • Employers need a personal approach too
  • Don’t let go of the rope until I’m ready
  • Support with implications of ending benefit claims

Jan Hutchinson’s full presentation is available for download at the end of this page.

Jan Hutchinson’s Biography:

Jan Hutchinson holds Masters degrees in Applied Social Studies and Diversity

Management. She is Director of Programmes and Performance at Centre for Mental Health, leads the Centre's Employment Programme and oversees the Centre’s current research work which focusses on Criminal Justice, Children and Young People, Recovery and co-morbidities. Jan qualified as a mental health social worker 20 years ago and has managed Local Authority, NHS and third sector mental health services. She is currently leading a 3 year Department of Health funded project to implement new mental health employment services in six NHS Trusts across England.

Jan is also a Non-Executive Director at North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

For further details on Centre for Mental Health Programmes and Policy work see:

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Download: jan-hutchinson_1057.pdf

8 June 2015


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