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Vacancy for UK Lead, MINDFUL EMPLOYER

Posted on August 3, 2018

We have an exciting opportunity to become the new Lead for MINDFUL EMPLOYER. Employed by Devon Partnership NHS Trust and based at Workways in Exminster, near Exeter, the post holder will lead and further develop this UK-wide initiative. The post holder will manage a Business Administrator and monitor a team of trainers, and be required to deliver training and speak at conferences.  Experience of supporting employers and helping people with a mental health condition to retain employment are essential to the role. Full details can be found on the NHS Jobs website.


Queen's Birthday Honours

Posted on June 9, 2018

Richard Frost, an Employment Specialist with the Trust’s Workways service, has been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his services to mental health in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018. 

Richard leads a team that provides support for people whose mental health affects their ability to stay in work. He also leads the UK-wide MINDFUL EMPLOYER scheme, which provides information and support for employers in recruiting and retaining staff who experience mental ill health. Since it began in 2004, MINDFUL EMPLOYER has spread throughout the UK and is also operating in Australia, Canada, Greece and New Zealand. 

Commenting, Richard said:  “I feel deeply honoured and humbled to have been appointed as an MBE.  It is also a real tribute to the many people I have endeavoured to support over the years, my colleagues at Workways and the hundreds of employers who have committed themselves to supporting what we do.” 

Melanie Walker, Chief Executive of Devon Partnership NHS Trust, said:  “Richard personifies everything that is good about the NHS.  Over a long career he has displayed unerring dedication to supporting and enabling people with a wide range of needs - and his work has had a profound and positive impact on the lives of many people and their families. He was instrumental in creating and launching MINDFUL EMPLOYER – which is now a global scheme.  His MBE is thoroughly deserved and, on behalf of our Board and all of our staff, I offer him our heartfelt congratulations.”

Richard has worked in the field of employment since 1979, specialising in helping people with disabilities. He has worked in mental health since joining Devon Partnership NHS Trust in 2002, although his interest in this area dates back many years - due in part to his own personal experience of depression.

  

 


New Film: Let's Talk

Posted on January 31, 2017

Talking about mental health at work is difficult for everyone concerned. Beginning as a black and white, silent movie, Let’s Talk portrays the difficulties that arise through poor communication. As the film progresses, it gains both colour and a voice as we see how talking to each other enables support and understanding.  

Produced by the same team who made Working with Anxiety we are delighted that renowned musician and TV presenter, Neil Brand composed the music especially 


New Film on Working with Anxiety

Posted on June 29, 2016

Our new film, Working with Anxiety explores how anxiety affects the ability to work and carry out other day to day activities, and highlights key ways to aid recovery.

The film considers how it feels to experience generalised anxiety, panic attacks, OCD and PTSD and some practical ways in which to aid and achieve recovery. 

 


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Posted on December 30, 2015

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