January 6, 2011
The Condition Management Programme
A programme aimed at helping people on health related benefit find work is to close on March 31, 2011, as part of changes being made by the Department of Work and Pensions.
The Condition Management Programme is currently provided by the NHS and Jobcentre Plus through the Pathways to Work package. It will be replaced as part of changes being made in the Welfare Reform, Pathways to Work provision and the introduction of the New Work Programme, expected this year.
Delivered by experienced NHS practitioners, the Condition Management Programme is delivered through a model of guided self help whereby customers are supported to work through a programme of self learning using a range of materials (workbooks, DVDs and audio) utilising the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is an educational approach based on scientific principles which help the client to understand their problems, and how these affect their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. The focus of the therapy is to enable clients to generate solutions to problems based on techniques learned in therapy, which are more effective than their present coping strategies.
The successful Condition Management Programme, a joint initiative provided by Jobcentre Plus and NHS Grampian supports people on health related benefits through tailored programmes, helping them to better understand and manage their condition, with a particular focus on their capacity to work.
Since it was set up in Grampian in 2007, it has supported a significant number (almost 3,000) people with many going on to training, voluntary work, further education and work placements. For many customers, the programme has made a significant difference to their lives.
The last date for applying for this free, confidential programme across Grampian is Friday 14th January, 2011. Potential applicants on health related benefits can be referred to the programme via Jobcentre advisors.
More details are available through the Condition Management Programme on 01224 816300 or at local job centres.