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CNWL User Employment Programme

It is often difficult for service users to get a job, either due to long periods of unemployment, and/or lack of work
experience. The User Employment Programme therefore provides a number of ways to help people overcome these barriers. The programme also recognises the expertise gained from having been through the mental health system, and the positive benefits work can have on mental health.


The aim of the Programme is to increase access to paid posts within the Trust for people with personal experience of mental health problems. This is through a variety of means which include

  • Supported Employment - help in applying for jobs within the Trust and the transition into
  • Time Limited Work Experience Opportunities -
    these comprise real duties and focus on developing the skills and experience necessary to achieve a particular career goal. Placements are reviewed regularly, and each person receives regular
    supervision from their supervisor, as well as support from an Employment Advisor. Hours/days can be
    negotiated. Placements have taken place to date in a range of areas eg IT, Finance, various clinical posts etc. Most placements take place within CNWL but occasionally they do organise placements in other parts of the NHS. There is no guarantee of paid work at the end of the placement.  However, you will be encouraged to apply for paid posts during the placement.

The Programme is co-ordinated by

Employment Specialist, Rachael Reid,
Mob: 07771 434 331,

Deputy Employment Services Manager Rash
Patel, Tel 07840 169 707,


How can I make referrals to the programme?

The service is available to anyone who has used secondary mental health and/or addiction services.


If you want to apply for work experience through the programme, you should

  • Have experienced mental health or addictions problems
  • Be aged between 18 and 65 years
  • Be unemployed and actively interested in seeking open employment either with local
    mental health/social care services.

If you wish to apply please contact Racheal Reid to discuss further for an application form.


Further guidance for service users with substance misuse issues  


To be eligible to access the UEP, you must have been abstinent or stable on replacement medication without using any illicit substances on top of your prescription for a minimum period of 3 months. 


Address:   Latimer House
40 - 48 Hanson Street


Telephone:   07771 434331



Latimer House, 40 - 48 Hanson Street, London, W1W 6UL
020 7612 1664, 07771 434331
0207612 1634