New NICE standard on schizophrenia and employment

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has introduced a new quality standard on psychosis and schizophrenia. This sets out eight quality statements designed to improve the care of adults living with the disorders and includes one on access to Supported Employment. Currently, just 5-15 per cent of people with schizophrenia are in employment and so NICE recommends that adults with psychosis or schizophrenia who wish to find or return to work are offered supported employment programmes.

The statement says that adults with psychosis or schizophrenia who wish to find or return to work are offered supported employment programmes. There should be evidence of local arrangements to ensure that adults with psychosis or schizophrenia who wish to find or return to work are offered supported employment programmes. Local data collection will feed into the Mental health and learning disabilities data set.

Service providers (such as GP practices, community health services and mental health services) should ensure that systems are in place for adults with psychosis or schizophrenia who wish to find or return to work to be offered supported employment programmes. Health and social care practitioners should ensure that they are aware of local referral pathways to supported employment programmes, and offer these to adults with psychosis or schizophrenia who wish to find or return to work. Commissioners (such as NHS England area teams and clinical commissioning groups) should ensure that they commission services that offer supported employment programmes and ensure that referral pathways are in place for adults with psychosis or schizophrenia who wish to find or return to work.

http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/qs80/chapter/quality-statement-5-support...