Report 48: Mental health, employment and the social care workforce


Employment rates vary greatly according to the type of impairment a person has; only 20 per cent of people with mental health problems are in employment (2)

This guide addresses two main research questions about mental health and employment:-

Government policy states a firm intention to make it possible for working age adults to gain and retain competitive employment that utilises their skills and knowledge, regardless of mental health problems DWP DH (1) and the cross-Government Health, Work and Well-being programme of work is overseeing a range of initiatives to support this policy (see Law, policy and guidance).

This guide sets out the main findings from narrative and intervention studies, reviews, guidance and policy that have been systematically identified. Its purpose is to inform the policy, practice and research agendas on mental health, employment in the context of the social care workforce.

It sets out some conclusions and recommendations drawn from this research to inform staff in occupational health, human resources and line managers in the social care field of what helps retain employees with mental health problems and enable people with mental health problems to succeed in gaining or regaining employment in social care.


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