CQC survey shows that people are not getting the support that they need to find a job

12 September 2012

“Over a third of people who wanted support from mental health services to find or remain in employment did not get the help that they needed. While more than half of service users are receiving some help to gain or retain a job, there are still too many areas with a hard-to-shift culture of low expectations of people with mental health conditions.”

Centre for Mental Health deputy chief executive Andy Bell said today, commenting on the results of the CQC’s Community mental health survey 2012. The report found that 43 percent of the 3380 respondents said that they would have liked support to find or keep a job but did not receive any. The survey also found that 37% wanted but did not receive support with housing and with welfare benefits, yet help with both of these issues is vital for Recovery.

“Too many people with mental health conditions are regarded as unemployable or not ‘job-ready’ yet many would like to try out work and most can with the right support. We need to raise expectations of what people are capable of, focus support on people’s skills and interests and do what we know works.

“'Place then train' models like Individual Placement and Support are more than twice as effective than traditional approaches such as vocational training and sheltered work in successfully getting people with severe mental illness into work. We hope more mental health services will offer an IPS service to people who would like to gain paid work over the next year so that no one is left without the support they would like to fulfil their potential.”