Workways is a service of Devon Partnership NHS Trust and is managed by Vicky Stratton. The staff team comprises of Employment Specialists who come from a variety of backgrounds and who bring a mixture of experience and expertise, and administration staff who provide support for the service.
Workways uses the evidence-based Individual Placement & Support (IPS) approach and is a Centre for Mental Health Centre of Excellence for IPS. This means our service is open to people who want to work and is focussed on what each person wants to do. We help people who have a recovery coordinator to look for work, offering signposting to benefits advice and also work closely with other healthcare professionals and employment advisors. We also provide support for people who are employed and have talked to their GP about their mental health to remain in their job and work with their employer as appropriate. In all cases, we offer as much or as little support as is needed for as long or a short a time as necessary. We also run a Support Forum for people who use Workways to provide mutual support and help develop our service.
We are based on the outskirts of Exeter at New Leaf, which is part of Vocational Rehabilitation Services and offers a supported work environment to aid progress towards or in retaining employment. We are also actively involved in the Devon Recovery Learning Community which provides a range of courses.
We also run a UK-wide initiative, MINDFUL EMPLOYER® which offers easier access to information and support for employers in recruiting and retaining staff who experience mental ill health.