DWP To Roll Out Work Advisors For Mental Health Patients

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Employment advisers will be integrated into the government’s flagship talking therapy service as part of new plans to improve recovery rates for mental health patients.

NHS England clinical adviser David Clark told HSJ the national body is working with the Department for Work and Pensions to introduce more employment specialists into the improving access to psychological therapies service from next year.

The plans form part of a DWP green paper published at the end of last month, though no timescale has been given as to when the advisers will be in place.

While providers have been successful hitting the new waiting time targets for mental health services, they have struggled nationally to achieve the goal of half of IAPT patients making a recovery.

The plan to bring employment specialists into IAPT is intended to boost recovery rates in deprived areas. An NHS Digital report published last month revealed that while…

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