Job Support for Healthcare Users
6 December 2017
Pilot to integrate employability and health
Funding has been pledged to increase employability support for
people living with disabilities and long-term health conditions in
Dundee and Fife.
Employability Minister Jamie Hepburn announced over £630,000 for
a two-year pilot scheme, which will launch in summer 2018.
The Single Health and Work Gateway will streamline existing
services by providing a single point of contact for those at risk
of falling out of work or who have recently left work due to ill
Mr Hepburn said:
"Every year, thousands of people in Scotland leave their jobs as
a result of a health condition or disability. We want to support
more people to stay in employment before they reach this point.
"This pilot will mean better integration of healthcare and
employability support so that individuals with disabilities or
long-term health conditions - particularly mental health conditions
- will benefit from a service that more closely matches their
"The funding I have announced today will go directly towards
supporting our frontline services, allowing our healthcare
professionals to improve the quality of early prevention."
The Single Health and Work Gateway is a £3.5m total investment,
being delivered as part of the UK Government's Work and Health
Unit's Innovation Fund programme.
Source: Scottish Government