Our employment services support people with mental health conditions find work.

We offer employment services in Dudley, Walsall, Sandwell and Wolverhampton. We also offer opportunities via our Bridges to Work and Thrive into Work schemes.

Take a look at the drop-down menus below to find out more.

What is this service?

Building Better Opportunities (BBO) for people aged 25 or over who struggle with their mental health, have complex needs or are a carer. The Bridges to Work project delivered at Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust comprises of 15 different organisations working in partnership. Once you enrol onto our project you will have access to specialist support from all our partners.

What does the service offer?

The BBO Bridges team offer one to one, individually tailored employment and vocational support to help you move closer to your goals, whilst taking into account your health needs and wellbeing. We can support you in many ways, such as:

· identify your needs and develop an action plan

· support you with accessing education, training, volunteering and employment opportunities

· help develop a CV, job application support and interview preparation

· confidence building

· group activity sessions

· help and support to access other services

Who is eligible for the service?

The Bridges to Work project aims to support people experiencing mental health problems, as well as other barriers such as physical health issues, substance misuse, or are carers for someone. To be eligible you must be:

· aged 25 years or over

· unemployed or economically inactive*

· able to access the support in the Black Country

*Not currently employed and not currently job searching

Getting in touch

For further information or to refer to the service you can contact us by:

Telephone: 01922 608500

Email: bchft.bridgestowork@nhs.net



The IPS Employment Service provides support across the Black Country to individuals who wish to enter some form of paid employment (part or full-time) or those who wish to change their employment to better suit their needs.

Who can access this service?

We support individuals who are open to secondary care mental health services in the Black Country. This applies to anyone who is under the care of a psychiatrist and may have a care co-ordinator such as a community psychiatric nurse or an occupational therapist.

How can the service help you? 

Our vocational specialists will provide you with 1:1 support to achieve your job goal. We can help you identify the job you want, search and apply for jobs, offer guidance, and support you in your place of work.

Who to contact for more information

Dudley Team

07826 890696


Sandwell Team

07557 178671


Walsall Team

01922 607500


Wolverhampton Team

07836 597356


What happens to next?

Once we receive your details, we will arrange to contact you and complete an initial assessment in relation to the support you need. A vocational specialist will then contact you regularly and support you to achieve your goals.


Thrive into Work

Do you have a health condition and would like support to find and retain employment?

The thrive into work team can offer one to one support to suit your needs and employment goals. The team covers the Dudley and Walsall areas and can not only support those individuals that are out of work, but can also support those who are in work but are at risk of losing their job or are on a period of sick leave.

The service is for people with a mental/physical health condition, who are registered with a GP in Dudley or Walsall and are aged 18+ at the time of referral.

If you want to join the Thrive into Work service, you will get:

  • One-to-one support to suit your needs and employment goals
  • Support from your health care team to help you manage any difficulties
  • Advice on benefits to find out if being in work could increase your income
  • Help with finding a job if you are not in paid employment
  • Continued support once you have started in a job
  • Help talking to your employer about your needs at work
  • Regular and ongoing support online or by phone

 You can get this support if:

  • You are currently out of work, or at risk of leaving work due to sickness
  • You are aged 18 or over
  • You have problems finding work, or staying in a job, because of your health. This can be your physical health or your mental health.
  • You are registered with a GP in Dudley or Walsall

For more information please contact the team on:

Phone: 01384 324645

Email: bchft.thriveemploymentservice@nhs.net

If you would like to make a referral to the service, click here. 

Helping people who experience mental health issues to stay in work, or return to work following a period of absence.

What does the service offer?

The employment retention service in the Black Country can help support people who are currently in employment and accessing secondary mental health services by providing advice and support to clients to help them retain their jobs.

How the team can support individuals in secondary care:Add

· Help you understand your rights and employment law.

· Open conversations with your employers to discuss your mental health if you consent to this.

· Discuss reasonable adjustments.

· Attend workplace meetings.

· Negotiate and support return to work plans.

· Advice on how to leave with dignity if too unwell.

Who is eligible for the service?

Anyone under secondary care can be referred to the employment retention service. By secondary care, we mean:

· Specialist services provided to support individuals with their mental health examples include: hospitals such as (Penn, Bushey Fields, Dorothy Pattison, Hallam Street etc.)

· Individuals under the care of a psychiatrist, psychologist or a care co-ordinator such as a community psychiatric nurse or an occupational therapist.

Contact details 

Tel: 01922 607808

Email: bchft.employmentretentionservice@nhs.net