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NHS £122m support plan will be rolled out nationwide

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Some £122million is being invested to provide access to an employment adviser, the Department for Work and Pensions said. The scheme involves therapists and employment experts banding together to help people struggling with stress, anxiety or depression to stay in work, return to their job or find a new role.

It is fully operational in Cheshire and the Wirral. Over the next three years, it will be extended nationally. Around 700 employment advisers will be recruited.

Work and Pensions Secretary Chloe Smith said: “We know that giving people the support they need to work is very good for their long-term health.

“The Government’s growth-focused agenda will deliver jobs, higher wages and greater opportunities – and I am delighted that people who have faced barriers to entering the workforce due to poor mental health will now be able to access support across England.”

Health and Social Care Secretary Therese Coffey said: “Good health and wellbeing of the nation is also good for the economic health of the nation and this Government is committed to supporting those not working due to ill health.”

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