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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 misuse 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:

Our expertise includes management in the private sector and resolving retention issues

The team also includes staff who are qualified in information, advice and guidance, Level 3 EATS (Award in Education and Training in the Lifelong Learning Sector), Management in the private sector and resolving retention issues; Job Coaching, HR, Psychology and Sociology Of Sports. We are able to offer you bespoke training packages for your employees and managers with regard to disability, mental health and stress awareness.

For your employees with additional support needs or learning disabilities, one-to-one support in the workplace will ensure that the job is done without additional support from your managers or supervisors.

We can help you:

  • understand your duties under the Equality Act 2010 in regard to reasonable adjustment
  • feel confident in addressing workplace issues when it comes to disability
  • if you would ike to know more about the effects of stress in the workplace or the advantages of promoting positive mental health awareness within your staff teams

Overall, we can help reduce your risk under the Equality Act 2010 by using a best practice approach that meets the needs of your employees and demonstrates your commitment.

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