This report explores proposals to improve employment and health outcomes for people with common mental health problems and makes a number of recommendations. These include: using evidence-based models to provide services that combine employment and mental health support; increasing integration between existing treatment and employment services to improve outcomes in both areas; applying evidence-based models in new ways or a using combination of approaches; and providing timely access to coordinated treatment and employment support for a greater number of people with common mental health problems.

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Table of Contents

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two

    Evidence Review

  • Chapter Three

    Stakeholder Consultations

  • Chapter Four

    Developing Policy Options

  • Chapter Five

    Proposed Policy Options

  • Chapter Six

    Concluding Comments

  • Appendix A

    Interview topic guide

  • Appendix B

    Longlist of policy options assessed against criteria

  • Appendix C

    Overview of the four shortlisted policy options

  • Appendix D

    Additional information on IPS and JOBS II

  • Appendix E

    Additional information on pilot design and implementation

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