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Increasing Employment of People with Mental Health Problems




Speaker: Miles Rinaldi, Head of Recovery and Social Inclusion, South West London and St George’s Mental Health, NHS Trust

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People who use mental health services in England experience very low rates of employment. However, surveys of people using mental health services repeatedly show a want for support to return to work. However, despite clear evidence for 'what works' in vocational rehabilitation for people with mental health conditions there has been limited implementation in England. This seminar will outline the research evidence for what works and discuss the challenges for implementation.

Since working within mental health Miles Rinaldi has established employment services to help people with mental health conditions gain and retain employment which have been recognised as models of good practice.  More recently he has been working to implement recovery focused practice across the Trust and established the first Recovery College in England.  He is also a consultant on the national NHS Confederation/Centre for Mental Health programme - Implementing Recovery though Organisational Change (ImROC).  In a previous role Miles co-ordinated and evaluated a user led self management training programme for people with bipolar disorder across London.

Miles has also worked on mental health policy in the Social Exclusion Unit (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister), the Department of Health, the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit (Cabinet Office) and in the Department for Work and Pensions. He has conducted service evaluations and research and has over 20 peer reviewed journal publications and book chapters.

Selected recent publications

Rinaldi, M. Montibeller, T.and Perkins, R. (2011) Increasing the employment rate for people with longer-term mental health problems, The Psychiatrist, 35, 9,339-343

Perkins, R. Rinaldi,M. and  Hardisty, J. (2010) Harnessing the expertise of experience: Increasing access to employment within mental health services for people who have themselves experienced mental health problems, Diversity in Health and Care, 7, 1,13-21

Rinaldi, M. et al. (2008) Individual Placement and Support: from research to practice, Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, 14, 1, 50-60

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When and where

1.00pm - 2.15pmTuesday 15th October 2013

C170 Tait Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom