Our employment service has been working with people with mental health difficulties for more than 25 years. We are a Centre of Excellence with an ‘Exemplary’ rating, the highest award achievable. 

The reality is that employment rates for people with mental illnesses are unacceptably low. Nationally, 90 percent of people with a severe and enduring mental illness want to work, but only eight percent are actually in paid employment. 

We strive to change this by offering support in finding a job, returning to employment of helping people who are struggling in their job because of their mental health.

The type of support we can offer depends on whether you are under the care of a Community mental Health Team (CMHT), Early Intervention Team (EIT) or not.

Option 1

If you are under the care of a Community Mental Health Team or an Early Intervention Team our Employment Specialists can work directly with you.

We work with local employers to find jobs to suit your preferences and bring employment specialists into our clinical teams.  When you are in employment we will continue to provide support for you and your employer.  We also offer benefits support and advice.
The services are available for people living in Liverpool, Warrington, Halton and Wirral. 

Option 2

If you are not under the care of a CMHT or EIT and feel that you would like to take the first steps into paid employment, need help to remain in work or would like to change your job our Pathways Advisors can give you the help and support you may need. 
We can offer courses in Building Confidence or Managing Anxiety, which may help you feel more positive about applying for jobs, support for CV writing and interview preparation so that you feel more prepared and benefits advice to help with the practicalities of managing money whilst returning to paid employment.  We can also refer you to a choice of volunteering opportunities to build confidence working as a member of a team.

Contact IPS

Liverpool
Telephone:  07770735065
Email: linda.seerey@merseycare.nhs.uk 

Cheshire and Wirral
Telephone: 07770735065 or 07387051141 
Email: diane.shepherd2@merseycare.nhs.uk 

Warrington and Halton​​​​​​​
Telephone: 07920502214 ​​​​​​​
Email:​​​​​​​ Karl.Burgess@merseycare.nhs.uk ​​​​​​​

Sefton
Telephone: 0151 709 2366 
Email: imagine@imagineindependence.org.uk 

Pathways advice service in Liverpool
Telephone: 0151 478 6556 (Liverpool)
Email: pathways.advisor@merseycare.nhs.uk