Health and employment outcomes going from strength to strength in a project funded by HMR CCG’s Social Investment Fund.

Since April 2014 Groundwork were funded by HMR CCG’s Social Investment Fund to embed psychotherapy services within delivery of the Work Programme in Rochdale.

The project – called ‘Back on Track’ –tested whether one-to-one psychological therapy co-located within a mainstream employment programme could allow sufficient recovery that finding a job was a realistic prospect for long term ESA claimants with moderate to severe mental health conditions.

In 2014/15 the project reached its target of five people finding employment. In recent weeks a further five beneficiaries that completed the project have been supported into paid work by Groundwork caseworkers.

Tina Hampson, Local Employment Projects Manager, commented “this project has been life changing for some of the most disadvantaged benefit claimants in Rochdale and demonstrates how small investments can have a big impact. In addition to the job entries weekly wellbeing analysis is showing improving WEMWBS scores for 60 per cent of participants. This is also reflected in the improving IAPT outcome measures recorded during every intervention, for example 72 per cent of beneficiaries significantly reduced their clinical symptoms of depression.”

One participant commented: “I have gained more confidence and feel in control of my mood. I have my life back.”

For more information about the project, contact Rob Glenn

on 0161 624 1444 or email robert.glenn@groundwork.org.uk.

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