Future’s Positive works within secondary mental health services and is integrated within Local Mental Health Teams (LMHT) across Nottinghamshire. This includes Nottingham City, Gedling, Rushcliffe, Broxtowe, Hucknall, Mansfield, Ashfield, Newark and Sherwood.
Employment Specialists support people who wish to find paid employment, or progress to alternative employment which may be more beneficial to their needs. Contact with service users begins with an informal discussion about how the service works, and identifies their vocational preferences. An integral part of these discussions includes identifying suitable roles that will support their health and wellbeing whilst working in conjunction with their individual care plan.
Employment Specialists aim to:
We understand the importance meaningful employment has on a person’s health and wellbeing, so if a service user decides to explore what options are available we work collaboratively with them, clinical staff, employers and partner agencies to ensure positive and sustainable outcomes.
Employment has many benefits. It not only provides financial income, it can also give structure, meaning and purpose to life.
Employment can also increase social connections and can be good for health and wellbeing. Employment is an achievable goal for people who have experience of severe mental health issues.
Employment Specialists believe that through positive support, significant barriers to employment are removed. The stigma associated with mental illness is challenged effectively by placing positive role models in the workplace.
The IPS (Individual Placement and Support) Employment model has been extensively researched and is evidenced to produce more successful outcomes for service users than traditional methods.
The IPS model is a well-established, nationally recognised approach with all staff trained in its principles and practice.
Employment is an achievable goal for people who have experience of severe mental health issues, and Employment Specialists help people realise this. Through positive mentoring and support, significant barriers to employment are removed. The stigma associated with mental illness is challenged effectively by addressing concerns, fears or misconceptions about, or within, the workplace.
Referrals with an up-to-date risk assessment can be made by: Consultants, Community Psychiatric Nurses or Occupational Therapists. Self-referrals are also accepted, but an up-to-date risk assessment will be requested before any work can begin.
For more information call 0115 956 0802 and ask for the Employment Specialist within respective Local Mental Health teams.