Helping Bromley Residents with Mental Health Needs Find and Keep Jobs

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A new service launched in November 2017, is supporting Bromley residents with mental health needs to find and secure full or part-time work.

The service is called the Bromley IPS Mental Health Employment Service and is based on the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model. The IPS model has been shown to help people find work quicker, stay in work for longer and in meaningful, mainstream jobs, when compared to other gradual exposure work programmes.

Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind is delivering the IPS Employment Service working with the Centre for Mental Health and Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust.

This service is free to adults receiving care and support from an Oxleas NHS Community Mental Health Team professional.

The service will help people find employment as quickly as possible and support them to retain the job (for as long as the latter is needed).

Omolora Cole, IPS Service Manager, said,

“A mental health diagnosis or length of time spent unemployed doesn’t have to stop a person finding and securing work. Matching a person’s ambitions with finding meaningful employment opens up new social, economic and health opportunities for people and can aid a person’s recovery from mental illness. So I would encourage anyone receiving mental health support from the Oxleas NHS team to give the IPS Employment Service a go.”

How to Access the Service

If you live in the Bromley borough and are receiving support from an Oxleas NHS Community Mental Health Team professional (such as Care Coordinator, Clinician, Psychologist or Key Worker), you can ask them to refer you to the IPS Employment Service.