//Gain employment support for mental and physical health problems – all year round

Published 23rd May 2019 at 9:53am

Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week – but that doesn’t mean the conversation about mental health has to end for another year.

The Working Win health-led employment trial in South Yorkshire is accepting referrals until October, offering support for those with mental or physical health problems who are struggling with work.

Running in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw, the trial helps people find good jobs, and then provides ongoing one-to-one support once they are in work.

Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, said: “Mental Health Awareness Week is so important for driving conversations about mental health. But it’s even more important that those conversations continue throughout the year, and that people are able to seek help if and when they need it.

“I’m proud that, in Working Win, the Sheffield City Region is one of only two places in the UK to be pioneering this new type of support. If successful, the programme could be rolled out across the country.

“I would encourage anyone struggling with mental or physical health conditions to take the first step today, and find out more about whether Working Win could help them find, or stay in, good jobs that are beneficial to their health.”

Working Win is a ‘randomised controlled trial’ which is trying to find out whether a new type of support called Individual Placement and Support (IPS), is more effective than the existing employment support available.

Just one of two places in the UK to be conducting this important research, the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw arm of the trial has been commissioned by Sheffield City Region with funding from NHS England. South Yorkshire Housing Association is responsible for delivering the support to those who volunteer to take part.

Niall O’Reilly, Head of Work and Wellbeing at South Yorkshire Housing Association, said: “We’re delighted that Working Win is progressing so well. More than 550 people have already found work or retained their job through this ground-breaking trial.”

“People with health conditions make a massive difference to our region but there’s so much more we can do to make sure our economy works for everyone. We would encourage anyone who wants to trial this new form of support to visit workingwin.com to sign up before referrals close in October.”

Anyone wanting to sign-up to the trial can visit the website and book an appointment online. Alternatively, GPs and other health professionals can also refer their patients onto the trial.

Working Win is open to anyone aged over 18, registered with a GP in South Yorkshire or Bassetlaw and finding it difficult to find a job, or struggling with an existing job, due to low-level health problems.

It is voluntary, and free to take part. For more information and to book an appointment, visit workingwin.com or speak to your GP.