"Employment Specialist"

About: North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

I was in secondary services for support with mental health issues and I was concerned about returning to work and I was referred to the employment specialist team. My Employment Specialist has been a great support for me. They were very understanding, emotionally supportive and knowledgeable. Helped me to meet with my employer to enable me to return to work with a graduated return. They offered great advice through emails, meetings and phone calls, I felt fully supported. There has now been a change of management and they are now helping me to meet with my new boss to complete a WRAP – to help me embed back into work again. Without the support from my employment specialist I believe I would not be back in full time work now. They gave me the confidence to return to work – triangulate reflection – listening and understanding and providing help in meetings and helping me to look at things in a positive way while I was in a state of anxiety. I think this service is incredible and cannot thank my Employment Specialist enough!

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Response from North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Sir/Madam

Thank you for reviewing our services and providing such a comprehensive comment upon our Employment Service. We are thrilled to hear that you found it of such high value, that the service helped you transition back in to work and continues to offer on-going support to sustain you in the workplace. We aim to offer on-going support to service users, to help them back into the workplace and to help them remain there, all as part of their recovery. I will forward your comments on to the team who I am sure will greatly enjoy reading them.

Best wishes for the future

Kind regards

Thomas Way, NEP Communications Account Executive.