We are thrilled to be working with the Employee Retention Service, and are actively promoting the service to our Mental Health First Aiders.

The Employment Retention Service has been commissioned by Essex County Council to support individuals who’s mental health is causing them difficulty within their workplace.

  • People who are currently off work sick with mental health illness
  • Those who are still attending work but are experiencing difficulties related to their mental health illness

Who is eligible to access the service?

  • The service is open to all residents of Essex of working age
  • Anyone encountering problems with their employment due to mental ill health.
  • People receiving Primary Care and Secondary support
  • There does not need to be a formal diagnosis someone can self refer if anxiety, depression or stress is making being at work or returning from mental illness difficult

What do we do?

  • We only engage with employers, occupational health specialist etc. with client consent and their full knowledge
  • Identify factors that may act as a trigger so that actions can be taken to mitigate
  • Provide advice and support with a plan to return to work or to remain at work, supporting client and employer to understand needs
  • Offer guidance with regard to phased returns, reasonable adjustments that will support a safe a sustainable
  • Support and advise with discussing health problems with employers so that an understanding of challenges can gained
  • Support the client with any formal process and procedures that may be in place
  • Support during formal meetings with employers
  • Signpost to other sources of support where required

Ongoing support

  • We only engage with employers, occupational health specialist etc. with client consent and their full knowledge
  • Identify factors that may act as a trigger so that actions can be taken to mitigate
  • Provide advice and support with a plan to return to work or to remain at work, supporting client and employer to understand needs
  • Offer guidance with regard to phased returns, reasonable adjustments that will support a safe a sustainable
  • Support and advise with discussing health problems with employers so that an understanding of challenges can gained
  • Support the client with any formal process and procedures that may be in place
  • Support during formal meetings with employers
  • Signpost to other sources of support where required

Other Options

What if continuing in the same employment is no longer possible?

  • Provide advice and guidance to empower people to make the correct choice for them. Enabling a planned exit
  • Ensure that any exit from a role is handled sensitively and fairly
  • Refer on to support to find alternative employment providing a handover or joint working where possible.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: We do not provide Legal or HR advice

Service Delivery

The service is delivered by EPUT and our delivery partners EmployAbility

  • EPUT delivery areas – Mid Essex, North East Essex
  • EmployAbility delivery areas– West Essex, South and South East Essex
  • Dedicated Employment Retention Specialist offering one to one support
  • A blend of face to face, video and telephone support can be offered

We do work with Walking with the Wounded who would be able to provide specialist support for veterans and can refer on or signpost when needed.

How to refer to the service

Referral for secondary care service users should be made via the appropriate clinical system

Referral can be made by:  GP’s,  Organisation’s Supporting the Individual, An Employer or Self Referral

A referral / consent form for all service users outside of secondary care will be needed.

Contact us for further advice

Phone 0300 7900573

Email epunft.employmentservices@nhs.net

Employment Retention Service | Essex Partnership University NHS Trust (eput.nhs.uk)

Service Leaflet

Download the service leaflet here:  https://flipbooks.gs-cdn.co.uk/essex-ips-mental-health-leaflet/ 

What Employers have said:

Having the benefit of this service has given us valuable guidance on how we can support our staff member return to work in a way that is beneficial for her and good for the company.  – Retail

is a great ambassador for you service and it was nice to know that he’d held senior positions in businesses in the past so could relate. His knowledge and views on staff wellbeing were very aligned to our own and I felt like he has been invaluable to the member of my team who has really needed him. The service has clearly been of benefit to my member of staff so I’m very grateful for the support provided – Business Services

 

What our clients say:

went above and beyond to help me when I was off sick with my previous employer and attended meetings via zoom with myself and them. He provided helpful guidelines re phased return allowances etc and ultimately helped me leave that employment smoothly.  Is now involved with my new employer and fundamental in setting up a well being action plan with them to assist my wellbeing with in the longer term in employment. I can not thank him enough for all he has done.

She helped guide me, support me and was very patient with me, making me feel valued instead of a problem. I’m very grateful for all her help. 10 out of 10 Thank you

Was a wonderful support in listening to my issues in the work place and providing amazing support. I wouldn’t have had the confidence in myself without her advice.  Is passionate about her clients and goes out of her way to make them feel like they are being listened to and understood. Her advice is affirming and she is dedicated to those in her professional care.