Our Employment Advisers are embedded in a number of surgeries in the town to work specifically with people who are recovering from an injury and suffer a range of mild to moderate mental health issues. Many patients have lost their support networks as well as their jobs and their GPs believe that a return to work will aid their recovery on a number of levels.
Referrals to the programme come direct from GPs and other local agencies across Poole, with no charge for participating organisations. Agencies such as Social Services, PCVS, Job Hubs and Jobcentre Plus use the service to offer additional impartial support in a ‘trusted’ environment, as part of a more tailored one-to-one approach.
The programme has reduced the demand on Primary Care Services and at the same time has helped long term unemployed people to return to work.