The Work and Health Programme is a Welfare to Work programme commissioned by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). It is designed to improve employment outcomes for people with health conditions or disabilities and those unemployed for more than two years.
Health 2 Employment will provide an initial assessment from a qualified Occupational Health Practitioner that has a good understanding of the breadth of disability issues. The practitioner will identify appropriate support options available to address the individuals’ needs and workplace barriers. The individual will then be referred back to their JobCentre Plus adviser to gain further support.
Work and Health Programme is a national programme from the Department of Work and Pensions who are matching funds from the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regeneration. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.
H2E Delivery Locations:
- Central, Home Countries and West London CPA
- Shaw Trust working in partnership with Health 2 Employment Ltd
- Shaw Trust website: https://www.shaw-trust.org.uk/Services/Work-and-Health-Programme
- North East and South London CPA
- Programme Title: Better Working Futures
- Reed in Partnership, working in partnership with Health 2 Employment Ltd
- Reed website: http://reedinpartnership.co.uk/our-services/our-programmes
- Southern CPA
- Pluss working in partnership with Health 2 Employment Ltd
- Pluss website: https://www.pluss.org.uk/services/work-health-programme
Health 2 Employment has expanded its service direct into the workplace as from August 2018 we are extremely proud to be part of the national Able Futures partnership led by Ingeus UK delivering the Access to Work Mental Health Support service for the next 4 years.The service is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions and is in place to support Employers, Employees and Apprentices who are suffering with mental health at work.
Over 31% of the employed UK population suffer from a diagnosed mental illness and 4 out of 6 employed individuals report in suffering from mental health conditions and this great service is designed to support those suffering to have more good days than bad ones.
We will be supporting people in the Central England region covering towns and cities such as Birmingham, Coventry, Northampton, Wolverhampton, Stoke, Sheffield, Lincoln, Doncaster, Nottingham, Leicester, Derby, Peterborough, Cambridge, Norwich, Ipswich and Colchester and our partners cover the other regions within the UK.
Our mental health specialists have extensive experience within mental health and will be providing 9 months of professional advice and guidance designed to support the individual to remain in employment and improve the management of their conditions.
All support is on a personal basis and tailored to suit the needs of the individual and is entirely funded, therefore there is no cost to the employee or employer. To be eligible to receive this support you must be 16 years or older, in work or about to start work, living in Great Britain and experiencing mental health difficulties that affect you in your workplace (does not have to be a diagnosed condition).
If you would like to hear more about this fantastic service and how it can support you or your business then please refer to our ‘contact us’ page and make an enquiry.
Our H2E Team
Health 2 Employment was officially launched on November 25, 2015 following 3 years of development and testing of the H2E service offer leading to becoming an ERSA National Award winner in 2016 for “Partner of the Year” category.
Health 2 Employment is one of the latest additions to the company’s successful employability, skills and training business. The company aims to meet the needs and demands of the welfare sector by guiding Frontline staff in supporting unemployed individuals with complex health issues into sustainable employment. Qualified Health Practitioners carry out in-depth health and employability assessments, making recommendations and adaptations aimed at helping customers get back into work. The Practitioners and Advisers work closely with customers to find work which is most suitable for them; focusing on what they can do, rather than what they can’t. They focus on exploring ways of making the transition into work easier, whether this be through referrals, medical support, reduced hours or specialist equipment once in work.
In 2018 with the launch and Go-Live of DWP’s Work and Health Programme we extended our Health 2 Employment coverage supporting Shaw Trust across Central, Home Countries and West London CPAs; Reed in Partnership across North East and South London CPA and for Pluss across Southern CPA. This was followed in 2018 through the delivery of DWP’s Access to Work (Mental Health) service across the Central Region of England on behalf of Ingeus.
Further programmes include Building Better Opportunities (Big Lottery) in five contract areas, the devolved Greater Manchester ‘Skills 4 Employment’ programme, National Citizen Service (North West and Stoke/Staffs), DWP Education Skills Agency programmes (Merseyside and Humber) and Education Skills Agency SFA programmes across Lancashire, Stoke/Staffs and Coventry. Plus, through direct Skills Funding Agency (SFA) contract we deliver a range of Apprenticeships, Traineeships and Accredited Vocational Qualifications in five regions.
i2i is a patron/founder of the Institute of Employability Professionals (IEP), an active member of the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA), engages with the Learning and Work Institute (LWI) and positively consults with Councils, Combined Authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and Skills and Employment Partnerships to understand and shape local employment, health and skills services.