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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness
Work and mental health

Work and mental health: clinicians

This area contains information and links to resources which are mainly aimed at healthcare professionals working in primary and secondary care settings.

Work is a key clinical outcome

Working is, for most patients, a positive clinical outcome and can be an intervention in its own right

Working together to support people recovering from mental ill health at work

Ensure that any clinical interventions support your patients to stay in work

Developing and supporting a return to work plan

Help patients to understand the possible impact on their work of their mental health problem and support them in making the right changes to enable them to return to work

If you are an occupational therapist there are interactive web-based resources on the Work Matters website.  These modules were developed to support members of the College of Occupational Therapists by providing practical advice on assessing workplaces.  Units 1 and 2 are accessible to everyone, while you will need an account username and password to access modules 3 to 7.

Further information on occupational therapy and mental health can be found at British Association of Occupational Therapists and College of Occupational Therapists

NHS employers: Health work and wellbeing: stress and mental health: NHS Employers have produced a range of advice for NHS organisations on employment issues related to the mental ill health of staff.

Improving physical and mental health website: resource hub: links to resources to support the physical health of people with mental health problems and learning difficulties and the mental health of people with physical health problems.

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