Local London Work and Health Programme
Published: 9 March 2018
Maximus People Services has been awarded a £40m contract to deliver the Local London Work and Health Programme to help residents into employment.
Delivery of the Local London Work and Health Programme commenced on the 1st March 2018 for five years and referrals to the programme will be made through Jobcentre Plus.
The service was commissioned to deliver a localised programme in Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham, Bexley, Enfield, Greenwich, Havering, Newham, and Waltham Forest and also Bromley using funds devolved from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to develop, procure and deliver localised employment support. The programme is part funded by the European Social Fund.
The programme will help improve the health and employment prospects of residents with health or disability challenges, the long term unemployed and those from early access disadvantaged groups such as carers and homeless people.
Maximus People Services will work with MAXIMUS businesses Health Management and Remploy under the banner of MAXIMUS HealthWorks, alongside specialist health and support services run by local councils and local partners to deliver an integrated support package for residents.
They will focus on finding residents sustained work, and will integrate with local partners to remove any barriers preventing them from accessing and staying in employment. This may involve offering ICT skills training, health and wellbeing support and English language skills.
Residents will be assigned a Key Worker who will provide one to one support and see them through their journey. This includes providing an individual action plan, coordinating local specialist support, matching skills to vacancies and offering assistance once in work.
The programme will follow a health and wellbeing-led approach with sustained employment as the end goal. More than a third of Key Workers will be qualified healthcare professionals, with specialisms including mental health, occupational health and physiotherapy.
Gill Steward, Local London borough chief executive from Bexley Council said “I am looking forward to seeing the benefits that I know the programme can bring and I am delighted that Maximus People Services will be taking this forward.
“There are many people across each of our boroughs who have individual circumstances which act as a barrier to them getting a job and staying in work. The Work and Health Programme will help them reach their full potential and give them access to the benefits that employment brings.”
Robert Spread, Programme Director at MAXIMUS UK, said: “This is an innovative new programme offering a health and wellbeing-led approach to employment support across the nine Local London boroughs.
“We are excited to be working with a diverse range of delivery partners, including healthcare providers, local authorities and housing associations, to give participants access to integrated support that will allow them to overcome their barriers to employment and find, sustain and progress in work".