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Islington jobs trial success

Service user being supported in finding a job
17 November 2017
Launched earlier this year, Islington GPs and healthcare professionals can refer patients to an innovative trial service supporting those who are unemployed with long-term health conditions and/or disabilities into work.
Aiming to reach 1,000 participants, the Individual Placement and Support trial is calling on anyone who is unemployed with a long-term health condition or disability and registered with an Islington GP to consider the service.
How does it work?
Delivered by a specialist team from Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I) the trial is testing whether providing employment specialists based in GP practices and other community settings is an effective way of helping people into work.
Having volunteered, patients are randomly selected to receive either Individual Placement and Support, or are provided with access to existing employment services. A comparison of the two groups will help the NHS to understand the effectiveness of the Individual Placement and Support method. With their knowledge and expertise, the specialist team provides support to patients who have experienced difficulty finding work due to a range of long-term health conditions or disabilities, such as muscular dystrophy, diabetes, anxiety, depression and sickle cell disease. To date 18 people have found work and the service is receiving excellent feedback from users.
Client A commented: "For years I hid behind my physical disability, thinking I was not good enough for any job and therefore avoided applying for many jobs. I thought: ‘Let me give this service a try, I have nothing to lose’. Best decision ever! While job searching and coaching me she [IPS Employment Specialist] had patience, empowered me, and provided hope through each meeting. Today, I am working in a field that was initially just a dream!”
Client B commented: “Being in my local GP practice is a comforting environment I know well and can relax and focus in. Having an advisor who actually relates to me as an individual and knows my stressors and mental health issues is such a relief.”


What is different about Individual Placement and Support?

A coaching approach is used to support and address health issues and other barriers to work

•Delivered by the NHS, it brings employment specialists into healthcare teams enabling people to be seen in community and healthcare settings

Employment specialists develop relationships with employers based upon a person's work preferences, supporting them to find the work that they want
The service is completely voluntary, participants can opt-out at any time and it is not connected to the Job Centre or benefit sanctions in any way


Outcomes and successes

October saw over 50 people volunteering to take part in the trial and to date 18 people have been supported into work with jobs including data analyst, product engineer, sales assistant and many more. In a recent audit, Jan Hutchinson, Director of Programmes for the Centre for Mental Health, commented: “GPs are very positive about the service and feel an effective supported employment service meets a need of their local populations.”
With an aim of reaching 1,000 participants, C&I is actively looking for people to join this trial service. If you are looking for work and have a long-term health condition or disability you can speak to an Islington GP or healthcare professional to find out more, alternatively you can visit the C&I website where you can self-refer by searching for “IPS” and completing the form linked below:  
If you are would like to find work and would like to access this support please contact: 020 3317 6038
Media enquiries
Jon Salmon
Communications Manager
Communications Team, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust
Tel: 020 3317 6291
Email: jon.salmon@candi.nhs.uk 
Notes to Editors:
Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust – Strategic Priorities *
Our three strategic priorities are:
Early and effective intervention 
Helping people to live well 
Research and innovation 
About Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust 
We provide mental health and substance misuse services to people living in Camden and Islington, and a substance misuse and psychological therapies service to residents in Kingston. 
We have two inpatient facilities, at Highgate Mental Health Centre and St Pancras Hospital, as well as community based services throughout the London boroughs of Camden and Islington. Our Trust is also a member of University College London Partners (UCLP), one of the world’s leading academic health science partnerships.
We provide services for adults of working age, adults with learning difficulties, and older people in the London area either in a community or inpatient setting.
Our income for 2016/17 was £138million and we have approximately 2,000 staff. Our staff  work in multi-disciplinary teams providing a holistic approach to recovery. This means that we often work with partner agencies and the voluntary sector. Camden and Islington Mental Health and Social Care Trust was established in 2002. In March 2008 we became the first Care Trust to achieve Foundation Trust status and are licensed by NHS Improvement.

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