Individuals with Physical and Mental Health Disabilities to be offered new Employment Support

Dedicated Employment Specialists

People living with physical and mental health disabilities will receive new help finding and retaining work in Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire, thanks to a new scheme.

The Individual Placement and Support in Primary Care (IPSPC), known locally as Working Well East Midlands, supports disabled adults with moving into employment. In-work support is also available to working people who need help to maintain their job.

East Midlands Chamber, alongside subcontractors Futures Advice, Skills and Employment Limited, and Inspire, is to deliver the programme in Nottingham City, Broxtowe, Gedling, and Rushcliffe. In Ashfield, Bassetlaw, Mansfield, and Newark and Sherwood, the programme will be delivered by Standguide Ltd. Teams are now in place across the city and county and will work closely with NHS Primary Care clinical teams to offer wraparound support.

Commissioned by Nottingham City Council and funded by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC), the programme aims to help 2,600 adults across the region between now and March 2025. Working Well East Midlands will be delivered as part of the Chamber’s wider suite of health and employment initiatives.

The programme aims to help people move into work quickly with personalised employment support and advice integrated with their normal health treatment. Participants receive ‘place and train’ employment support, and they are referred to the scheme by healthcare professionals such as GPs or can self-refer.

Employment specialists will offer flexible one-to-one tailored support, including rapid job search, liaising with employers, help with benefits, and bespoke career advice based on skills and abilities.

“What really sets IPSPC Working Well East Midlands apart is its holistic approach. Our team of dedicated employment specialists will be integrated into NHS teams to ensure that physical and mental health needs are considered every step of the way.

This means that when, for instance, a GP refers an individual to an NHS clinician for mental health support, our specialists will work closely with the healthcare professional to provide tailored employment assistance.

We are excited about the positive impact this programme will have on the lives of individuals and the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire communities as a whole. It will really help to build a more inclusive workforce where everyone has the opportunity to contribute their skills and talents.”

- Diane Beresford, Deputy Chief Executive, East Midlands Chamber

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