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Specialist mental health advisers are to be available in job centres

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b5382 (Published 10 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5382
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. 1London

    GPs in England should be able to refer patients with mental health problems who are out of work to special coordinators in job centres in a bid to help their recovery, a cross government mental health strategy is recommending.

    Under proposals set out by the Department of Health and Department for Work and Pensions, the government intends to set up a network of mental health coordinators in Jobcentre Plus districts. Doctors will be able to refer patients who have had mental health problems to the coordinators to find appropriate jobs.

    Jonathan Shaw, minister for disabled people, said, “The first thing someone says to their doctor [after they have been ill] is, ‘When can I go back to work?’” Getting back to work can help hasten a person’s recovery after an episode of mental illness, he said.

    GPs should see a return to work as a …

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