Mental Health Recovery & Employment Programme

What it is:

Mental Health Recovery and Employment services have been combined together and formed as one contract, as part of an integrated service.

The contract will run for 3 years from 1st April 2018 to the 31st March 2021.


Recovery Service:

This part of the service is delivered by Birmingham Mind and Creative Support and is delivered from 4 newly created integrated mental health recovery hubs based in:

  • Erdington

  • Handsworth

  • Harbourne

  • Yardley


The service offers a 1:1 recovery support planning and this includes Personal Health Budgets (PHB’s) and recovery focused interventions that are based on a Recovery College Model and supports the development of peer-led support networks and groups. Please see the latest Mental Health Recovery and Employment Prospectus.



Individual Placement and Support (IPS)

The Service is an intensive, personalised supported employment service targeted at people in contact with secondary mental health services within Birmingham. Individual Placement and Support (IPS) services are designed to support people who want to enter employment more quickly and to sustain their employment longer, the availability of this service will be increased with Employment Specialists co-located within each Community Mental Health Team for adults and within Forward Thinking Birmingham and the Early Intervention Team for young people aged 18 to 25.



The overall aim of this service is to support people with severe mental illness to achieve paid, competitive employment in a fulfilling, sustainable way. We support adults aged 18+ in Birmingham:

  • To provide employment advice to care coordinators, employers and other interested stakeholders

  • To challenge low expectations and stigma relating to mental health and raise awareness about employability of people with long term mental health problems

  • To provide directly, or through partner agencies, careers advice and accurate benefits advice to enable people to make informed decisions about taking up and keeping employment

  • To act as a key link or ‘bridge’ between mental health services and employers

  • To promote in appropriate cases, the take up of Personal Health Budgets (PHB) to purchase further care and support relating to employment and recovery goals

  • Promote a service that is reflective of the diversity of the communities of Birmingham and recognise differences in needs in relation to age



This service is available to those individuals who are:

  • Aged 18 years and above

  • Registered with a Birmingham GP

  • Residents of Birmingham who are registered with a GP within Sandwell and West Birmingham

  • Registered with Solihull CCG, Church Road GP Practice

  • Under the care of secondary mental health services; or

  • On the GP Serious Mental Illness Register; and

  • States a desire to enter paid employment


If you are interested of know of anyone who would be then get in touch today to see how we can support you.

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Better Pathways
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Better Pathways is the operating name of the Birmingham Industrial Therapy Organisation Ltd, Registered in the UK No 748773 at the above address. Registered Charity No: 244866.

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