How We Can Help Employers

We support employers to adopt a best practice approach that meets the needs of your employees and operate effectively within the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.

Supported Employment Enquiry Form
"I wanted to formally thank you for the support you and the team at Optalis have given us.
The Support and Advice that Optalis provided us with as the Employer as well as to the colleague was invaluable and opened many doors for us that perhaps we thought were shut or really didn’t know how to open them.
The help provided to the colleague to integrate back into the work environment was excellent, the Optalis staff who carried this out were kind, considerate and patient and also immensely supportive to the other University Staff working in that team which was very much appreciated." Lucy

Since the Supported Employment Service’s (SES) establishment 20 years ago, we have built up a team of staff who have a wide range of experience in supporting clients with disabilities, long term health conditions and substance issues into and during employment. We are also able to provide support to carers.

Our staff are kept up-to-date with specialist training as well as providing disability and mental health awareness training to employers. SES is a member of BASE (the British Association for Supported Employment) working within the Supported Employment Model. To read more about the supported employment model please click here.

Our team are also trained in the principles of Individual Placement and Support (IPS).

IPS has been shown to be more effective the more closely it follows these eight principles:

  • It aims to get people into competitive employment
  • It is open to all those who want to work
  • It tries to find jobs consistent with people's preferences
  • It works quickly
  • It brings employment specialists into clinical teams
  • Employment specialists develop relationships with employers based upon a person's work preferences

Miles Rinaldi, Head of Recovery and Social Inclusion at South West London and St Georges Hospital explains more about IPS below: