Improving employment and health using novel approaches for residents living in the London Boroughs of Camden and Islington
PHE ePoster Library. Begum S. Sep 12, 2018; 221421; 276
Suhana Begum
Suhana Begum
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Abstract Introduction Evidence suggests improving employment outcomes for people with health/wellbeing issues has the potential to improve health outcomes and reduce health inequalities e.g. by supporting individuals to enter or stay in work. Camden and Islington councils commissioned four pilot programmes to test and build evidence of different approaches to supporting residents with health and wellbeing issues (including mental health conditions and/or disabilities and those with a GP issued 'fit-note') to access employment. The aim was to assess the impact of these pilots on client, process and economic related outcomes.MethodsMixed-methods evaluation designs were used. The pilot focusing on people with health/wellbeing issues was evaluated using a 'test and learn' approach involving practitioner reflective logs, semi-structured interviews with staff (n=3) and clients (n=3). Semi-structured interviews (n=6) and a focus group (n=11) with staff working on the programmes, and 9 clients who took part, were used to evaluate two of the mental health pilots. The third pilot was evaluated with semi-structured staff (n=5) and client (n=7) interviews with clients with learning and physical disabilities at interim and project end. Delivery cost data was also collected to conduct economic analysis for the latter 3 pilots. ResultsStaff highlighted the importance of employment in their client's recovery. All the clients felt the support was invaluable and instrumental in accessing/returning to employment. The economic evaluation demonstrated support through an employment programme was cheaper than local psychological service provision. Conclusions The findings suggest the employment support pilots were effective in supporting target groups into employment.
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