Thrive into Work

Thrive into Work, West Midlands Combined Authority, Funded by UK Government

What is Thrive into Work?

Thrive into Work is a free employment support service tailored to meet the individual’s needs based on the principles of Individual Placement and Support (IPS). There is no pressure for people to take on a job they do not want to do. This is a personalised approach to helping people (over the age 18) who experience health problems, have a disability, have difficulties in sustaining work, or finding employment.

We can support employers too no matter what size your organisation is! Support for people continues once they are in work. If someone is already in work and wants Thrive into Work support, then we have a retention service available.

Joining Thrive into Work will get you:

• One-to-one support to suit your needs and employment goals.
• Support and collaboration with 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 a job.
• Help talking to your employer about your needs at work, regular and ongoing support face-to-face, phone or virtually.
• Four months of In Work Support to help you sustain work.
• Retention support to help you retain your current role.

Eligibility and two pathways of support:

Out of Work
  • Duration: 12 Months (Inclusive of 4 Months In Work Support).

  • Must be 18+.

  • Have a mental and/or physical health condition or disability (this can be self-defined).

  • Registered with a GP Surgery.

  • Must be unemployed.

  • Individuals must have an entitlement to public funds.

  • Individuals must not be on another Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) contracted employment programme or provision including ESF.

  • Retention
  • Duration: 4 months.

  • Must be 18+.

  • Registered with a GP Surgery.

  • Individuals who have been in their current employment a minimum of 6 months.

  • Individuals on a period of sickness absence or are struggling to retain their job due to their health condition.

  • If an individual is already in-work, they must have been employed for at least 6 months before starting IPSPC and be working a minimum of 7 hours per week.

  • Areas we cover:

    • Birmingham and Solihull
    • Sandwell, West Birmingham, Wolverhampton
    • Coventry and Warwickshire

    How to apply

    If you want to get help from this service, you can speak to your GP to find out more information and ask to be referred or you can self-refer by completing the form below.

    If your registered GP is in Dudley or Walsall contact:

    Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

    Phone: 01384 324645