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DWP To Roll Out Work Advisors For Mental Health Patients

November 11, 2016

Employment advisers will be integrated into the government’s flagship talking therapy service as part of new plans to improve recovery rates for mental health patients.

NHS England clinical adviser David Clark told HSJ the national body is working with the Department for Work and Pensions to introduce more employment specialists into the improving access to psychological therapies service from next year.

The plans form part of a DWP green paper published at the end of last month, though no timescale has been given as to when the advisers will be in place.

While providers have been successful hitting the new waiting time targets for mental health services, they have struggled nationally to achieve the goal of half of IAPT patients making a recovery.

The plan to bring employment specialists into IAPT is intended to boost recovery rates in deprived areas. An NHS Digital report published last month revealed that while 55 per cent of patients from the least deprived areas recover, only 35 per cent of those in the most deprived areas do so.

Professor Clark said: “If you are in a socially deprived area it is very important you have a very good IAPT service, but if you do you have a very good chance of recovering.

“We don’t have a lot of employment advisers in IAPT at the moment. However, the DWP has launched a new initiative aimed at potentially changing that and will be rolled out next year, really increasing the number of employment advisers in IAPT.”

IAPT is the government’s flagship therapy programme, which had £400m put into it between 2011 and 2015, and has an extra £308m pledged in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health implementation plan.

More than doubling the number of employment advisers in talking therapies forms part of the DWP’s Work, Health and Disability green paper, which pledges £70m over the next four years to test ways to support people with disabilities and long term conditions to get and stay in work.

A DWP spokesman said helping people with mental health problems get back into work was a “top priority” for the department.

He added: “We are finalising plans to increase the number of employment advisers and will be rolling out a new training course in a drive to improve the quality of employment advice offered to patients.”

The NHS Digital annual review of IAPT found that in 2015-16 81.3 per cent of people waited less than six weeks and 96.2 per cent waited less than 18 weeks to enter treatment; and 46.3 per cent of patients recovered.

The service has been unable to hit the 50 per cent recovery rate target, with the most recent figures from July showing the national recovery rate was 48.5 per cent.

Centre for Mental Health deputy chief executive Andy Bell welcomed employment support for IAPT patients but said the main concern was how the scheme is implemented.

He added: “This has good potential as a way forward. Obviously there’s controversy around this because of the way people have experienced the DWP programmes and the whole approach with the work capability assessments. But it’s really important that where such support is provided it is done on a voluntary basis.”

9 Comments leave one →
  1. November 11, 2016 10:11 am

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  2. November 11, 2016 10:26 am

    But what help is there to help us with our mental health? It only seems they don’t give a chit about the “person” anymore.

  3. billkruse permalink
    November 11, 2016 11:10 am

    Nest week; DWP rolls out astronaughts to job centres. Coming soon; DWP rolls out brain surgeons, rocket scientists, noted philosophers and professors of all the sciences to job centres.

  4. November 11, 2016 11:18 am

    Thing is, when we are all moved onto Universal Credit, all claimants regardless of their disabilities will be started at ground zero, meaning that you will be signed up to the same conditionality as everyone els.

    It will then be up to your Job Coach to ascertain whether or not they feel you need extra support (and remember, Tory ‘Support’ means something quite different).

    They will decide what you need, what you lack. They will decide your fate, you will have little or no control or choice.

    This Government believes that removing the ‘Label’ Disability context from Universal Credit, and shifting the focus to how near you are to the labour market will ‘help’ and enable the disabled as it is their belief that this will remove the stigma attached to disabilities, especially mental health disabilities. They suggest it will make us more employable.

    Its all very cleverly thought out. They use the fact that disabled people are disadvantaged and turn it on its head.

    The redefinition of Mental Health Problems are being reframed as personal lacks; personal failings that need to be fixed through interventions.

    Whilst the Job Coach is ‘assessing’ you, you will be at their mercy whilst having to obey the claimant commitment and the directions and conditionality they choose for you.

    These work coaches will be trained in behavioural Insights techniques, which are really behavioural modification techniques designed to coerce people to comply and conform.

    This is not help but social and psychological manipulation and control.

    The DWP and NHS are in the process of removing GPs from the equation.

    With their plans to allow other groups to be in control of sick certificates, it is my belief that Mental Illness will gradually be reframed as an individual character defect.

    People suffering from poor mental health will be viewed as socially unacceptable.

    Their cure being ‘state’ designed therapy, work, or starvation.

    Work will set you Free!!!!!

  5. November 11, 2016 11:30 am

    Reblogged this on Lindas Blog.

  6. November 11, 2016 11:53 am

    This is a really worrying development. My son has schizo-affective disorder and is currently in a mental health facility. Will his consultants views be ignored if he is being assessed by these new non-medical people who are employed by the DWP ?

  7. November 11, 2016 1:06 pm

    Reblogged this on campertess.

  8. jeffrey davies permalink
    November 11, 2016 3:25 pm

    hmmm aktion t4 rolling along

  9. November 13, 2016 7:32 pm

    were are the jobs for people who are ill comeing from

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