Trying to help a client or patient find work?  These are the top 4 most useful documents that may be able to help you - just click on the picture or title to download. 


Essential Reading:


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1. The 'Can Do' Guide to Getting into Work

The Can Do Guide to Getting Into Work is aimed at people with mental health conditions or who are experiencing emotional distress, and who are not working but would like to. In particular it aims to provide useful information about Individual Budgets and how they might be used to support ambitions to get a job. (Mind et al, May 2010)


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2. Doing What Works

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)


3. Vocational Rehabilitation

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)


4. Removing Barriers

Many people with mental health problems find it difficult to remain in employment and face isolation and discrimination in their workplaces. Removing Barriers: the Facts about Mental Health and Employment looks at the barriers to employment and at positive initiatives that are being undertaken. (Centre for Mental Health, July 2009)


If you're looking for a job for a client or patient, you may also be interested in the following additional documents - while not directly aimed at you, they will still be helpful with your question more broadly.


Further Reading:


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a) Work and Mental Illness

Many people find work a fulfilling and worthwhile use of their time and skills. You may have given up work due to mental illness and now feel ready to get back, either in a full-time or part-time capacity, or you may just be looking for something to do with your time and the ability to earn your own money and respect. Work and Mental Illness is a factsheet that will help you decide what's best for you and what questions you need to ask yourself and others. (Rethink, September 2006)


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b) Sick Note to Fit Note

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) 


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c) Work and Wellbeing

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)


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