Buckinghamshire Talking Therapies Employment Service

Employment Service

Floor 2, Prospect House
Crendon Street
High Wycome
HP13 6LA

Who we are

The Employment Service in Buckinghamshire Talking Therapies has been set up to provide support for people experiencing anxiety, depression or other common mental health issues and who are in need of support related to employment.

Richmond Fellowship’s Employment Specialists, working as part of the Bucks Talking Therapies team, can provide employment support whether you are currently employed, off sick from work or unemployed and looking to find work.

How we work

We believe in a ‘recovery approach’, whereby:

  • You will be continually involved in all aspects of your support and fully involved in the decision-making process.
  • Support will focus on your strengths, aspirations, and employment goals to encourage and assist you to achieve choice and direction over your employment.
  • We offer light-touch, practical support based on your current employment situation. We may provide information and resources to support you and signpost you to other organisations and services, where appropriate.
  • We work with you to create a support plan which will include your employment-related goals and the actions that need to be taken in order to achieve these goals.

What we offer

We support clients to Retain and Regain Employment.

Our Retain Service supports people who are experiencing difficulties due to anxiety, depression or other common mental health issues, to retain employment. We aim to support you to maintain your employment when problems arise whether you are currently in work or off sick.

Some of the areas we can help with include:

  • Bullying and harassment
  • Problems with managers or relationships with colleagues
  • Difficulties associated with your work environment
  • Capability, Disciplinary or Grievance processes
  • Returning to work from sick leave, including phased returns
  • Reasonable adjustments

Our Employment Specialists can:

  • Help you deal with problems at work by identifying goals and developing an action plan.
  • Offer basic information on employment legislation and The Equality Act and guide you to organisations that offer more specialist advice.
  • Offer guidance to help you find alternative employment (see ‘Our Regain Service’ below). • Help you draw up a back-to-work plan, if appropriate.
  • Provide a wealth of other information and resources.

Our Regain Service supports people who are unemployed but who want to return to employment or training.

Our Employment Specialists can:

  • Offer support on how to job search, disclose a mental health condition, CV’s, making applications and interview techniques.
  • Signpost you to where you can access voluntary work or training.
  • Work with you to understand your preferences, values, experiences, and skills.
  • Help you to identify any adjustments that may be required to enter the workplace.

Group workshops
We also run group workshops on a variety of employment-related topics.

“My Employment Specialist was wonderful. She was supportive and caring, whilst at the same time encouraging me to push myself a little further than I had been. She listened to my concerns and helped me to find solutions.”

Who we help

The service is for anyone with a mild to moderate mental health condition who is aged over 18 and registered with a GP in Bucks and referred to us by Bucks Talking Therapies.

Getting referred

Referrals are made by contacting Buckinghamshire Talking Therapies.

Telephone: 01865 901 600
Telephone opening hours: Monday to Thursday, 7am to 7:30pm and Friday, 7am to 5pm.

Text TALK and your name to: 07798 667 169

You can refer yourself online by clicking on the ‘self-refer’ button here.
Website: www.bucks-talking-

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