Please note – Trigger alert – this article contains reference to mental health issues
Thanks to Chris Goulden of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Thanks to Chris, I just came across this little gem on the DWP Gov.UK site …
To improve the employment and health prospects for people with common mental health conditions, RAND Europe recommended the government pilot a number of interventions.
The ‘Group Work’ Psychological Wellbeing and Work Feasibility Pilot is a group-based intervention based on the JOBS II model developed by the University of Michigan. It was jointly commissioned by DWP and the Department of Health. This evaluation examines the most effective design and delivery mode of the ‘Group Work’ intervention.
We also piloted another intervention, recommended by RAND Europe, using combined telephone-based psychological and employment related support. The evaluation of the Telephone Support Psychological Wellbeing and Work Feasibility Pilot was also published on 22 September 2015.
Findings from this research will be used to design the intervention and delivery model for the larger scale impact trial, due to start in 2016.
Authors: Meg Callanan, Tze Ming Mok, Triin Edovald (NatCen)
I’ve quickly read through the reports and I must admit I find it all a bit worrying.
The report makes light of the use of the term “psychological” and replaces it with “well – being”
The other worrying thing is that the questionnaire (a main stay of most pilot studies) that the claimant was asked to complete does not seem to be available; although there is plenty of evaluation from work coaches and job centre advisors, who surprise, surprise, think the pilot is wonderful.
Also, considering that this pilot is aimed at claimants with depression and anxiety, there does not seem to be any input from suitably medically qualified mental health specialists.
I’m sure the DWP and RAND Europe (you can read more about them by clicking on the link below) think people with anxiety and depression are just lazy and not motivated and telling them that work is good for them will make them better!
Don’t let the “not for profit” description on their website fool you, you can be sure that they are receiving millions from the UK government in research and development grants – another bloody private company that our government are throwing tax payers money at!
RAND EUROPE UK LTD
That kind of simplistic attitude to mental heath, at a time when a coroner has ruled “beyond any reasonable doubt” that the DWP and IDS WERE responsible for the death of Michael O’Sullivan beggars belief!