Oxfordshire Employment Support Service Referrals and general enquiries: 01865 901 222 Email: [email protected]Telephone opening hours: Monday 8am-5pm, Tuesday-Thursday 8am-8pm, Friday 8am-5pm. COVID-19 Please note, our services are currently operating virtually. Please contact the service via the contact details above. What we do: MHM are working with Oxfordshire Health NHS Trust to provide employment-related support to people who are also accessing the Oxfordshire Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies service, TalkingSpace Plus. Having therapy alongside Employment Support can boost your recovery by 10% and improve your return to work. TalkingSpace Plus is part of the government initiative Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), to provide easily accessible, evidence-based treatments for people experiencing common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. The aim of IAPT services is to help people across the county to be able to access psychological therapy, to help them achieve better psychological health and wellbeing, enabling them to gain or remain in employment and to participate in daily living activities. We work alongside the IAPT team to provide specialist employment support for their clients. We offer a ‘Gain, Retain and Return’ service. This includes: Information, advice and guidance on a range of issues including employment rights, benefits and health/condition management; Support to access a range of training, education, voluntary and work placement opportunities assistance with job search, application forms, CV writing and interview techniques; Support to help build confidence and self-esteem and realise potential; Support to maintain existing employment, including support to implement reasonable adjustments at work, support to negotiate with employers and support to prepare for and attend meetings and reviews in the workplace. Who is the service for? This service supports people who are receiving treatment from TalkingSpace Plus who are employed and facing workplace difficulties/returning to work after a period of absence/are unemployed and looking to find work. How to access support: You can refer yourself to TalkingSpace Plus very easily, you do not have to go and see your GP. You can visit the website www.talkingspaceplus.org.uk or call 01865 901 222 during opening hours to speak to an Administrator who will take your details and book you in for a telephone appointment with a member of our team. You are also welcome to visit your GP or discuss accessing TalkingSpace Plus with any other health/social care professional, and they can also refer you to the service if you prefer. If you are already receiving treatment from TalkingSpace Plus, you can discuss with your therapist whether you would benefit from talking to an employment advisor. COVID-19 and employment: Our staff have developed a video with Talking Space Plus offering Tips for Employees and Employers during the pandemic.