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About the trial

What is Thrive into Work?

The Thrive into Work programme is an experimental trial that will test a new employment support service for people with a mental health and/or physical health condition in primary and community care. The trial aims to find out how good this new service is at helping people to find work.

What is offered by the service we are testing?

  • One-to-one support to suit your needs and employment goals.
  • Working with your health care team in primary and community care to help you manage any difficulties.
  • Benefits advice to find out if work could increase your income.
  • Help finding a job if you are not in paid employment, and continued support once you have started.
  • Help talking to your employer about your needs at work.
  • Meetings over the phone or in person at a location that is convenient for you.

Why is the trial taking place?

Too many people with health issues and disabilities are out of work. Appropriate and fulfilling work can help people to:

  • Recover more rapidly and effectively from a mental illness - if they have one - or find new ways to manage their health condition.
  • Gain financial independence.
  • Build social connections and support networks.
  • Improve their general health and wellbeing.

There are at least 125,000 people in the West Midlands who are out of work with a disability or health issue, mostly due to a mental health issue or musculoskeletal condition (such as back pain).

The trial is testing a new type of job support for people who have a health condition and/or a disability, and are out of work and want a job.

It aims find out how good this new type of service is at helping people move into and stay in work.

Who is behind the trial?

The trial is a collaboration between different parts of the health service, local and national government. This includes the West Midlands Combined Authority, NHS England, the Department of Work & Pensions, and the Department of Health.

The trial forms part of NHS England’s five year plan for mental health. It is also included in the Thrive West Midlands action plan, which was developed by the West Midlands Mental Health Commission. The trial is for people with both a mental health and a physical health condition.

How does the trial work?

The Thrive into Work programme is a randomised control trial, meaning people who take part will be randomly placed into one of two research groups. One group will receive the new service and the other group will be provided with information about existing services in their area.

Who is the trial for?

People with a mental health and/or physical health condition.

People who are out of work and want to work.

People registered with a GP in Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell and West Birmingham or South Central Birmingham.

People aged 18+ at the time of referral.