A fortnight ago NHS England announced its intention to expand the use of Individual Placement and Support to enable more people with mental health problems to gain and maintain employment:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/2019/04/thousands-more-set-to-get-help-as-nhs-rolls-out-mental-health-job-coaches/

In a blog post, NHS commentator Roy Lilley wrote of his scepticism about the model and suggested there was little evidence to support it. Being involved in work to promote work, I responded on social media to point out that there was plenty of evidence. Roy invited me to provide a response and along with my colleagues Andy Bell at the Centre for Mental Health and Peter Molyneux, Chair of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Chair of the London Mental Health Employment Group,. developed a response that Roy published on his website.

You can read the response here

https://files.constantcontact.com/9bc520cb001/b7f797da-3292-4984-9f0d-ec19dcb3601d.pdf

Thanks to Andy, Peter and also Miles Rinaldi from South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust for their help in producing the document.