This research looks at stakeholder views of the Employment Advisers in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies pilot which began in March 2018.


Employment Advisers in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies: process evaluation report

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The Employment Advisers in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies pilot provides tailored employment support to people with depression and anxiety who are currently accessing free cognitive behavioural therapies through the NHS.

This research was commissioned to better understand:

  • experiences of implementation of the employment adviser provision
  • views on the effect of the programme on patient employment and mental health outcomes
  • any service benefits, including increased recognition among therapists of the importance of employment for recovery
  • any operational challenges with the pilot such as employment adviser training and recruitment

The sample for this research was drawn from 8 case study areas and the analysis is based on 91 qualitative stakeholder interviews with:

  • clinical leads
  • therapists
  • managers
  • delivery staff
  • employability partners

The findings of the research will be used to inform the rollout of the second wave of the pilot. They will also form part of the overall evaluation of the pilot’s effect on patient outcomes, which will be published late 2020.

Authors: Lucy Loveless, Noreen Graham and Jane Greenstock (ICF) and Christabel Downing and Gill Stewart (IFF).

Published 23 July 2019