Supporting people in employment
There is strong evidence that being in work improves people's quality of life and wellbeing. Despite this, there are significant barriers to employment for people with mental health problems or learning disabilities. With effective support, they can access the benefits of long-term work. But this requires co-operation between employment services, social workers, health professionals and others.
Employment of people with a mental illness is indicator 2.5.i in the NHS Outcomes Framework. It is one of the national outcome goals that the Secretary of State uses to monitor the progress of NHS England. The data for this indicator is sourced from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and all values are calculated by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Employment rate for the general population
Numerator: Number of people of working age who are in employment.
Denominator: Number of people who are of working age.
Employment rate for people with mental illness*
Numerator: Number of people with a mental illness in employment and of working age.
Denominator: Number of people with a mental illness of working age.
* People are recorded as having a mental illness if:
- the respondent has a health problem or disability that they expect will last for more than a year
- the respondent has depression, bad nerves or anxiety, severe or specific learning difficulties (mental handicap) or mental illness; or suffer from phobia, panics or other nervous disorders
For more information, please see NHS Digital's NHS Outcomes Framework, Indicator specifications.