"Invaluable support from Social Inclusion Team"

About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Adult mental health (inpatient)

(as a staff member posting for a patient/service user),

I have had a mental health condition for the last 20 years. I have worked intermittently throughout. Unfortunately, I have never been able to sustain employment for long periods. This has largely been due to illness, negative and unsupportive attitudes on employers and colleagues. Previous back to work programmes have been linked to colleges; personal development programmes and voluntary work.

Presently I am making preparation to return to work. For the first time thorough a referral from my psychiatrist I have the support of a social inclusion worker (disability employment advisor) from the social liaison team- Nigel. For the past 6 months have received invaluable support in terms of practical and emotional support from Nigel. This person centred approach has enabled me to explore my career prospects in light of this economic climate.

Nigel provided me with excellent welfare advice in terms of disability return to work benefits and was able to guide me e. g. interview techniques and questions. The flexibility in his availability has also been very good e. g. recently he was a phone call away in answering queries re: my work contract.

Generally, I have found this service inclusive in locating our meeting in local venues and enabling me to set my own agenda. I also consider the prospects of Nigel's continued support during the first few months of my new job as invaluable in relieving anxieties and helping with the adjustment period from long period of illness to full time work.

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Response from Jane Danforth, Involvement Team , Involvement & Experience, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

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Dear Happily613

What a great story! I am sure that this will inspire others to persevere and it just goes to show how effective practical and emotional support can be in helping recovery.

I have passed on your posting to Nigel and the Team

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