Tavistock and Portman share in funding to support employers

21 November 2018

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust will share in nearly £4 million in government funding to support people with health conditions to manage their conditions at work. 

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In an announcement today (November 21, 2018) the Department for Work and Pensions confirmed almost £4 million of funding under the new Work and Health Challenge Fund will be shared between 19 projects, including our submission, A Whole System Approach to Mental Health for SMEs.

Our innovative initiative aims to understand the organisational perspective of pressures faced when running a Small to Medium Enterprise and in supporting people with mental health conditions.

We will use our expertise to assess an organisation’s ability to address the needs of their staff and design a pragmatic support framework, aiding businesses to access cost effective interventions and navigate the complexities of specialist services and support self-care.

The Challenge Fund is a joint initiative between the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health and Social Care, and has a focus on mental health and musculoskeletal conditions.  

Project Manager Freddie Peel said:
“We are pleased to be able to share in this funding, and use our expertise and experience to support small and medium enterprises to better support their employees with mental health conditions.

“By taking this whole organisation, end-to-end approach we aim to help individuals to remain in employment and organisations to improve business performance by reducing the impact of mental ill health in the workplace.”

Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work Sarah Newton said:
“We want to harness the power of technology to tackle the disability employment gap, and these novel ideas will help us to achieve our goal of seeing one million more disabled people in work.

“The Challenge Fund has given experts on the ground the opportunity to come up with ideas on how best to support people to manage their health conditions at work, and the financial backing to take those ideas forward. I congratulate those successful in securing funding and look forward to working with them to develop these innovative ideas.

Minister for Mental Health and Inequalities Jackie Doyle-Price said:
“No one should be held back at work because they are living with mental ill-health or a long-term health condition and this fund marks an important milestone in improving people’s quality of life and helping them thrive in the workplace.

“Physical and mental health should have parity in the workplace and today’s announcement takes us one step closer to achieving our ambition for better mental health for all. I look forward to seeing how this fund transforms people’s lives by maximising the benefits technology has to offer.”


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