Trying to help a client or patient stay in their job? These are the top 4 most useful documents that may be able to help you - just click on the picture or title to download.
Subtitled 'What we now know about successful interventions. A progress review', Common Mental Health Problems at Work examines recent international research evidence on how to help people with depression and anxiety to stay in work or to return after a period of ill health. (British Occupational Health Research Foundation and Centre for Mental Health, July 2010)
The journey towards long-term unemployment and disability often begins in the GP's surgery with the signing of a sickness certificate. Work and Wellbeing: Developing Primary Mental Health Services looks at why this issue has become so important and at positive ways to address it. (Centre for Mental Health, September 2007 – note that updated guidance reflecting the new ‘fit note’ will appear here soon)
Doing What Works shows that Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is by far the most effective way of helping people with severe and enduring mental health problems to gain and retain the jobs they want. But it is only effective if all seven of its key principles are in place. (Centre for Mental Health, February 2009 and September 2009)
The Government wants to help millions of people with mental health problems to work. Vocational rehabilitation is whatever helps someone with a health problem to stay at, return to and remain in work. Vocational Rehabilitation: What Is It, Who Delivers It and Who Pays? looks at thorny, practical issues, and argues that both taxpayers and employers gain from vocational rehabilitation, and that both should pay for it. (Centre for Mental Health, December 2008)
If you're trying to help a client or patient stay in work, you may also be interested in the following additional documents - they may not be directly aimed at you, but will still be helpful with your question more broadly.
This guide has been produced in partnershipwith the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Confederation of British Industry, the Federation of Small Businesses, Acas, the Association of British Insurers and EEF, the manufacturers’organisation. Sick Note to Fit Note is for all employers and includes information on the changes to the form itself and the effect of these changes on your business and your workforce. (Department for Work and Pensions, February 2010)
Mental health and employment services should report regularly how well they help people to get and keep paid work. Measuring What Matters presents a set of key indicators relating to the development of evidence-based employment services that can be used routinely so that service users and their families can see how well services are performing. Much long-term unemployment can be averted if the right steps are taken when employees' health conditions are first identified. Responding to this need will require services and staff with the appropriate knowledge and skills. (Centre for Mental Health, June 2009).
Work-related mental ill health costs the UK economy up to £26 billion every year through lost working days, staff turnover and lower productivity. Would you know how much mental ill health costs your organisation? Taking Care of Business: Employers' Guide to Mentally Healthy Workplaces can show you how inexpensive, simple measures to support staff mental wellbeing can help you save up to 30 per cent of these costs. (Mind, May 2010).